The Hearty Homestead

 

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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Molting


Molting is the annual process chickens go through to replace their dirty, broken feathers with new, shiny, healthy ones, before Winter sets in. However, chickens molt not for aesthetic reasons but to keep warm through the cold months. Healthy new feathers trap warm air against their bodies, better than old feathers do. A chicken will fluff their feathers up, especially at night, to help keep warm in Winter.

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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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Egg Laying and Optimizing Production in Backyard Chickens

One of the many reasons chicken keepers like you and I begin to keep chickens in our backyards is for the eggs. Fresh eggs cannot be beat. Not only do they taste better, but they are much more nutritious and fresher than their grocery store counterparts.

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Raising Chickens with P. Allen Smith

Looking for expert advice from someone who know's poultry?

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