raising-chickens

What Killed My Chicken?
February 19, 2021 · · Coops

Keep a flock for long and sooner or later you’ll be asking yourself, “What killed my chicken?” Many marauders love our backyard chickens as much as we do, and each leaves a calling card that offers a clue as to which predator you’re dealing with.

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Small Chicken Coops: From Doghouse to Bantam Coop
February 9, 2021 · · Coops

We wanted a couple of small chicken coops that were portable and could house a few bantam chickens, but we had neither the time to construct them from scratch nor the desire to buy a pricey coop purpose-built for chickens.

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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
February 7, 2021 · · Chickens 101

I couldn’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than starting your own backyard chicken flock. This next year is going to bring you mixed feelings of eagerness and anxiety with hopefully the culmination of happiness and joy.

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
February 4, 2021 · · 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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10 Common Mistakes New Poultry Owners Make With Chicks
January 31, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Most of the mistakes people make when starting out with baby chicks can easily be avoided with a little advanced preparation. Here are 10 typical errors and how to avoid them.

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10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
January 17, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Have you given any thought to how fermenting chicken feed can benefit your flock of backyard chickens? Fermenting is all the rage nowadays, both in people foods (think yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, buttermilk, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, even beer and wine!) and chicken diets as well, although the process has been used for hundreds of years as a food preservation method.

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Meet the Top 15 Best Brown Egg Layers
December 31, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Brown egg laying hens consistently appear on best egg layer lists and can be the backbone of a productive backyard flock, many laying more than 200 eggs …

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Raising Geese for Meat: A Home-Grown Holiday Goose
December 23, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Raising geese for meat is the primary purpose for most goose breeds, although some are bred with an emphasis on other attributes as well.

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6 Ways to Prepare for Raising Chickens in Winter
December 4, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

As winter is soon to set in, fall is useful for making some necessary preparations. Raising chickens in winter has its challenges, but these six tips for fall flock preparation will help your chickens get through the colder months 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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