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Six Winter Keeping Tips for Backyard Chickens
November 18, 2020 · · Coops

Many people ask: Do chickens need heat in winter? The answer is backyard chickens are far more cold-hardy than you may imagine. Courtesy of fall molting, chickens should have a full set of new fluffy feathers for winter that will keep them perfectly comfortable in temperatures down to 40 degrees and just fine well below freezing, assuming they are in good health.

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Rabbit and Chicken Frostbite Prevention Methods
November 3, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Rabbit and chicken frostbite occurrences are preventable. Adopting good cold-weather management for your small livestock buildings will go a long way to preventing rabbit and chicken frostbite in the first place.

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A Guide to Duck Shelters for Winter
October 26, 2020 · · Coops

With their double coat of waterproof feathers over thick, warm fluffy down and a layer of body fat, ducks (regardless of duck breeds) are exceedingly cold-hardy. They love being outdoors year-round in most climates, perfectly happy playing in the rain and even the snow.

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Can Chickens and Ducks Live Together?
September 27, 2020 · · Poultry 101

“Can chickens and ducks live together?” is one of the most common questions I get from readers. Since I’ve been raising my chickens and ducks in the same coop and run for years, my answer is always yes, but I do have a few cautions if you’re considering a mixed flock.

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A Guide to Heat-Tolerant and Cold-Hardy Chicken Breeds
August 26, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Although it’s easier to keep chickens warm vs. cool, it’s important to choose the correct breed for your location, whether that be a cold-hardy chicken or a heat-tolerant chicken breed. Because let’s face it, the weather plays an important part in our lives.

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Top 10 Questions and Answers About Backyard Chickens

It’s getting easier for people outside the backyard poultry community to understand why so many of us choose to dedicate a portion of our lives to raising and caring for backyard chickens. I don’t get the same reaction I used to from suburbanites when they find out I raise backyard chickens through casual conversation.

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Top 10 Best Chickens for Eggs

If you’re in the business of selling eggs, it’s important to have the best chickens for eggs. Whether they’re green, brown or white, those eggs are the commodity you’re selling so they’ve got to be top-notch and plentiful.

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Chickens as Pets: 5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Breeds

Raising a flock of backyard chickens as pets with “benefits” is a fun, fulfilling activity that the whole family can get involved in. Kids love to help collect eggs, refill feeders and waterers, and watch the chickens chase bugs in the yard.

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Best Backyard Chickens for Urban Areas

Nowadays we’re conscious of where our food comes from, we want to know our animal producers have a good quality of life and we enjoy reaching back to our rural roots. These desires have led to a trend in backyard chicken keeping that’s not exclusive to those who own acres and acres of land.

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Sick Chicks: 7 Common Illnesses You May Encounter
June 2, 2020 · · Feed & Health

You should be aware of these common chick illnesses. While these illnesses can be scary, most can be prevented by keeping your brooder and coop clean.

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