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Raising Chickens In The Fall

Each year, the trend of backyard chickens continues to climb and it is no surprise that hatcheries are starting to meet the demands of those keeping chickens. Ordering little ones is no longer only a springtime tradition. Hatcheries are now meeting the desires of chick fever with ordering available through the summer and even into the fall and winter. There are some benefits to ordering them later in the season. Baby chicks grow quickly, so those living in milder fall and winter climates in the southern portion of the United States can easily be raising chickens even over the winter.

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The Anatomy of an Egg

Now that you are a chicken keeper and realize how different fresh eggs look and taste, have you ever wondered what all those parts are when you crack open an egg into a dish? You are not alone and today, I thought that it would be nice to share and explain exactly what you are seeing. Let’s start with the shell.

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Feather Loss in Backyard Chickens

One of the biggest questions that I am asked is, why are my chickens missing feathers? There are a number of reasons for feather loss that can include dietary deficiencies, molting, feather picking, pests and parasites. It will take a bit of detective work on your part to determine why your flock is missing feathers. However, once you determine the reasons why, you can encourage those feathers to return.

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First Aid Kit for Chickens


Whether you are new to chicken keeping or have been raising chickens for years, it is a good idea to be educated and prepared not only in regards to caring for your flock but also when health issues arise. It's important to realize that health issues are rare, but sometimes things happen. It's for this reason that I recommend to all chicken keepers old and new alike to be prepared by making a chicken first aid kit for their home.

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Oyster Shell vs. Grit

If you’re new to chicken keeping, you might be confused about two products you have read about or seen on your feed store shelves: oyster shell and grit. While many use these two products interchangeably, each actually serves a very important, and very different, purpose for your chickens’ well-being.

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Flock Nutrition - Backyard Poultry Success

Welcome to the world of backyard poultry! What an exciting time for you and your family. One of the best things that you can do when it comes to raising chickens is to be sure that they are getting excellent nutrition. Starting out with good nutrition is key in how your chicks develop into grown chickens, future egg productivity, and their overall general health and longevity.

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Five Tips to Prepare Your Backyard Poultry for Winter

Cold weather doesn’t have to be rough on backyard poultry. In fact, most chickens do very well despite falling temperatures. If you want to make sure your flock is optimally prepared for the cold, here are five tips to get you started. You might even be able to enjoy fresh eggs long into January and February!

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Treating Your Chickens Right

Chickens, like any pets, love to indulge in treats. Typically, their diet should predominantly be comprised of chicken feed with access to oyster shells, grit, and clean drinking water. However, like us, now and then it's nice to treat them to something different.

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Considering Age Differences When Feeding Your Flock

If you’re a chicken owner who plans to raise chicks, young pullets, and laying hen’s side-by-side, you’ll need to know how to do so while ensuring all of your chickens receive the proper nutrition for their age. Feeding chickens of different ages, while confusing at first, is fairly simple when you follow a few important guidelines.

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Bird Flu: Knowing What to Look for and Helping Protect your Flock

Reports of Avian Flu, commonly known as bird flu, continue to be updated daily and with nearly 50 million birds affected across 30% of the country, this story will continue to be headlined for at least the foreseeable future.

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