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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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Chicken Soup is Good Medicine
November 12, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Have you ever wondered why chicken soup is good for you? As cold weather approaches my thoughts invariably turn to that ultimate comfort food — chicken soup.

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Toxins in the Environment
November 8, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Poisoning is relatively unusual in backyard poultry, especially if you use common sense in keeping your flock away from pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicide-treated seed (intended for planting), wood preservatives, rock salt, and antifreeze.

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
November 4, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp?

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A Guide to Recognizing and Treating Chicken Foot Problems
October 24, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Two common chicken foot problems and leg ailments are leg mites and bumblefoot, both of which are easy to treat. Less common, but sometimes mistaken for either leg mites or bumblefoot, is a type of arthritis known as gout, which is far easier to prevent than to treat.

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Your Options For Chicken Mite Treatment
October 17, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Before starting a chicken mite treatment it’s important to know if your flock has mites. So the first step is to perform a Chicken Health Exam.

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No Jolt During The Molt: Chicken Care in 7 Steps
October 15, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Lana Beckard, Nutrena® Poultry Expert – Ready or not, here comes the molt. Chickens shedding feathers and a drop in egg production in the fall are good indicators that your birds are going through molt.

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All About Araucana Chickens

The Araucana chicken has some bizarre features; they are rumpless and have ear tufts. Oh yes, and they lay blue eggs. These rumpless birds are missing more than just tail feathers; they are missing the entire coccyx.

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Why and When Do Chickens Molt?

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 as we slip in to fall weather and shorter days.

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An Overview of What to Feed Chickens
October 1, 2020 · · Feed & Health

When you first get a flock of backyard chickens, it’s natural to wonder just what to feed chickens. You grab a bag of starter feed, but what happens next?

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