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Candling Eggs and Advanced Techniques for Artificial Incubation & Hatching

By Rob Banks, England – Candling eggs is an age-old technique that has modern applications in incubating and hatching poultry. After studying the incubation of many species and breeds it became clear to me that almost all eggs follow a similar process during incubation and hatching.

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6 Basics for Chicken Coop Design
May 2, 2020 · · Coops

When thinking about basic chicken coop design, you need to consider six main things. Whether you plan to construct a high-end, designer chicken coop or something basic, you’ll need to keep your birds safe from predators.

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How to Keep Your Hens Happy
April 19, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Keeping your hens happy is easy once you know what motivates their behavior. Nearly all of a chicken’s activities are motivated by three basic needs: to get enough to eat, to avoid being eaten, and to make more chickens.

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Feeding Backyard Chickens: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
April 18, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Nutritional deficiencies are a relatively rare problem for a flock of backyard chickens, ducks or other poultry. Of greater nutritional concern are the following five easily avoidable mistakes commonly made in feeding poultry.

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
April 18, 2020 · · Chickens 101

In the discussion of raising chickens, there have been two traditional schools of thought. The first is total free range. Usually, an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the chicken coop for roosting.

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Do You Need Toys for Chickens?

Professionals agree chickens need enrichment. Keeping your flock healthy, either for egg or meat production or companionship, is most likely your primary goal. Maintaining healthy chickens is a process that includes many facets, including environmental, social and physical aspects.

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A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms
April 16, 2020 · · Feed & Health

With so much talk about chicken illnesses this year, it’s good to know what a sick chicken looks like, so we can try to help our feathered pets feel better quickly. We are all uncertain at times, but there are certain criteria you can use to assess if your bird has sick chicken symptoms.

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Incubation 101: Hatching Eggs is Fun and Easy

If you’re considering hatching your own flock of backyard chickens here’s a few things you need to know for hatching eggs successfully in an incubator.
For embryos to develop correctly, eggs need to be kept at the right temperature, turned often and correctly positioned.

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Plan Ahead for Buying Baby Chicks and Ducklings for Easter
April 10, 2020 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

There’s little doubt that you will consider buying baby chicks, ducklings or bunnies once they begin to appear in the garden centers and feed stores across the country. The cute factor is almost too much to resist!

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Alternatives to Culling Chickens
April 5, 2020 · · Feed & Health

My oldest chicken is eight years old. She still manages to pop out a handful of eggs a year, but they’re usually wrinkled and a bit misshapen with thin shells. She certainly isn’t winning any awards for egg production and we can’t rely on her for breakfast any longer!

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