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Hatching eggs the easy way with the best chicken incubator | Manna Pro

Whether it’s your first time or seventy first, hatching chicks never gets old. The excitement of seeing those first pips after twenty-one days of anxious anticipation is universal. Young or old, novice or seasoned veteran – no one can resist the cuteness of a cheeping baby chick! 

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Cleaning chicken coops is key to keeping flocks healthy | Manna Pro

Whether you’re just starting out with 4 chickens or a seasoned poultry raiser with 400, keeping them healthy should always be top priority. Respiratory diseases can be a significant problem in any setting, and I want to share some husbandry tips to help foster a healthy environment, and thus healthy birds. It’s first and foremost important to select chicks or started birds from trusted hatcheries or local outfits to ensure they have a great start to their life. We can then take it back to the basics. Proper sanitation and litter management, clean food and watering areas, and adequate space for the amount of birds you have are key husbandry guidelines to always practice.

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Types of chickens – Silkie breed | Manna Pro

I came across and fell in love with Silkie chickens after breeding and showing chickens for a few years.  I found them so irresistible that I hastily acquired some eggs from a breeder in Tennessee, among other places, as soon as they caught my eye. I have been hatching, breeding, and showing Silkie chickens ever since. Due to the Silkie chickens’ adorable appearance and sweet disposition, they are a very popular breed with famous people and backyard enthusiasts, alike.

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Types of chickens – Ameraucana breed | Manna Pro

I have now been raising, breeding and showing the Ameraucana breed of chicken for five years. I have come to love this purebred breed for its very docile temperament, unique physical traits, and fun personality. Finding the right breed for me, however, was a journey that consisted of first raising other breeds and doing my research.

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Preventing Frostbite and Protecting Chickens in Winter | Manna Pro

Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and the underlying tissues. In chickens it occurs when fluid freezes in the cells of the wattles, comb and sometimes the feet. Since the surface area is so small, it does not take an extensive amount of time for frostbite to occur. Recognizing and treating frostbite at the first signs is crucial for a speedy and full recovery.

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Keeping backyard chickens cool and healthy in the heat!

Hello again, friends! Summer is here and temperatures are rising! I’d like to share with you some of the adjustments we’ve made to our backyard chicken care routine this summer to help them beat the heat!

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City chicken guide – chicken coop ideas and advice from an expert on backyard chickens.

In 2018, my husband Louie and I decided we wanted to try our hand at raising chickens in the city. I grew up outside of Kansas City on spacious land, where we had room for a barn and pasture that our horses and chickens could live and roam. I have lived in the St. Louis now for 8 years, and I wanted to bring that idea of the barnyard to my backyard in the city. Now, one year later, I have a chicken coop in my backyard with two full-sized laying hens, two pullets, and plenty of fresh eggs. Are you thinking of getting backyard chickens? Are you wondering where to start? I’ve been there! And now I’m here to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way when it comes to building a chicken coop and raising city chickens.

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Raising Baby Chicks Bought from the Chicken Feed Store

The grass has finally turned green here in the Midwest. You can almost put those coveralls away until next winter.  We really can’t be sure about that until mid May around here! Another sure sign of spring is walking into your local Tractor Supply Company and hearing that faint chirping of those adorable baby chicks. I know you have been tempted to take a few of those sweet chicks home. So when it comes to raising baby chicks, what do you need and how does this all work?

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