molting-chickens

The Pros & Cons of Coop Heating: Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter?
November 2, 2019 · · Coops

Favorite Recently, I’ve been writing about safely heating backyard chicken coops and addressing the question: Do chickens need heat in winter? In New England, we get buried under heaps of …

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3 Tips to Help Molting Chickens
September 27, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Favorite It’s autumn. Time for comfy sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything and … vacation? For backyard chickens across the country, shorter days often signal time for a break. Molting chickens may stop …

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Why and When Do Chickens Molt?

Favorite By Jen Pitino – Many people wonder when do chickens molt? Molting, the chicken pundits tell us, is supposed to happen in either spring or at the end of summer …

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Ask the Expert — April/May 2019
April 21, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

Favorite Tough Winter We’ve had a tough winter here in Central New Hampshire. Lots of snow and ice. The door to my chicken run becomes frozen often and I end …

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Calcium Supplements for Chickens
March 15, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Favorite Calcium supplements for chickens can help you avoid shell quality issues in your flock, and it’s easy to feed. Farmers have been adding calcium to the diet of layers …

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Can Chickens Eat Cranberries?
March 15, 2019 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Favorite It’s the holidays and cranberries are everywhere. Can chickens eat cranberries? Yes. They make a great treat by themselves or mixed in other recipes. Chickens do fairly well in …

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Picking the Best Heated Waterer for Your Coop
March 14, 2019 · · Coops

Favorite Do you need a heated waterer for chickens? Water is a critical part of keeping your birds happy, healthy, and productive. Without it, bad things happen. When the temperatures …

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Tips for Helping Your Poultry Flock Through A Spring Feather Molt

Favorite By Jen Pitino, Idaho Conventional chicken keeping wisdom dictates that annual molting occurs at the end of summer or the early fall, when daylight hours shorten and temperatures drop. Despite this …

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Chicken Treats – How to Raise Mealworms and Superworms
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Favorite In my middle school classroom, my students have learned how to raise mealworms, superworms, and Dubia cockroaches for years to be fed to our pet bearded dragon: Bob Ross. …

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Protein-Packed Smoothies for Molting Chickens
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Favorite The shorter days heading into fall will usually find the backyard chicken keeper with a flock of molting chickens. Chickens losing feathers during autumn should be no cause for …

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