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This page contains tips, articles and questions about raising chickens.
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Predator Proofing a Chicken Coop
This page is about predator proofing a chicken coop. Making sure your birds are safe from uninvited visitors will keep your hen house secure.
DIY Simple Chicken Cooling Station
Backyard chickens often need a way to cool down during hot summer days. A DIY cooling station is simple to construct using supplies you probably already have. It will keep your chickens comfortable during hot weather.
How to Build a Brooder Box Perch for Chicks
Giving your brooder chicks the opportunity to roost will give them a head start for life in the chicken coop. This is a page about how to build a brooder box perch for chicks.
Gingernut Ranger Information and Photos
These sex linked chickens are a popular backyard breed. These red hens are friendly and inquisitive. The adult hen weighs about 5 pounds and is a prolific layer of large brown eggs. This page contains gingernut ranger information and photos.
Catching an Chicken Egg Thief
Unfortunately, a henhouse full of eggs is of interest to more than just foxes and raccoons. This is a page about catching an chicken egg thief.
Silkie Bantam Photos and Information
The silkie bantam is the most popular of the ornamental chicken breeds. They are sometimes called the lap kitty of the chicken world because of their sweet temperament. This page contains silkie bantam breed information and photos.
Silkie Chicken Photos
This popular ornamental breed chicken is known for its fluffy plumage. This page contains silkie chicken photos.
Araucana Chicken Breed Photos
This domestic chicken native to Chile, is known for laying blue shelled eggs. This page contains Araucana chicken breed photos.
Chicks Week-by-Week (Weeks 1-6)
This page documents the growth and development of backyard pet chickens over a six week period. This is a page about chicks week-by-week (weeks 1-6).
Dominique Chicken Breed Photos
Dominique chickens are a breed that was developed in the United States during the colonial period. The hens tend to be calm and quite personable a desirable trait in a layer. This page contains Dominique chicken breed photos.
Getting Ready to Raise Chicks
Prior to bringing home your new chicks you will want to get all of your supplies and set out their brooder box. Then the fun begins. This is a page about getting ready to raise chicks.
Hen Not Laying Eggs
Hens do not lay eggs year around, there are breaks during the colder months. Older girls also eventually stop laying. If none of these apply, you may want to check with a vet to make sure your hen is not ill or egg bound. This is a page about hen not laying eggs.
Cleaning a Chicken Pen
Removing waste, old straw, nesting materials, and bedding are some of the things to attend to when cleaning your chicken coop or pen. Use caution if you choose to use cleaning or disinfecting products as they can harm the birds. This is a page about cleaning a chicken pen.
Easter Egger Photos and Information
Easter egger chickens are not a true breed, but belong to a group of chickens that lay colored eggs including blue, green, and even pinkish. The chickens vary in color and form and are quite friendly and hardy. This is a page about Easter egger photos and information.
Using Vaseline for Chicks with Pasty Butt
Baby chicks can develop an accumulation of poop around their vent that can eventually prevent them from pooping if not carefully removed. This is a page about using Vaseline for chicks with pasty butt.
How to Make an Insulated Chicken Waterer
Keeping your chicken water insulated from the weather can help maintain a relative temperature for your chicken's water. This is a page about using a britetap chicken waterer.
Homemade Sports Bottle Chicken Waterer
Here is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure your chickens have water when they need it. This is a page about sports bottle chicken waterer.
Salmonella Concerns with Backyard Chickens
This is a page about salmonella concerns with backyard chickens. Salmonella is not just an issue with commercially raised chickens.
Winter Care for Your Chickens
This is a page about winter care for your chickens. Chickens can use some special care during the depths of winter.
Benefits of Chickens for Your Garden
This is a page about benefits of chickens for your garden. The addition of chickens to your life can give you the freshest eggs, as well as fertilizer and some insect control in your garden.
Preventing Snakes From Stealing Eggs
This is a page about preventing snakes from stealing eggs. Many types of wildlife will gladly help you eat up your farm fresh eggs.
Treating a Chicken With Heatstroke
This is a page about treating a chicken with heatstroke. Knowing how to recognize and treat heatstroke can save your chicken's life.
Keeping Chickens Safe in Hot Weather
This is a page about keeping chickens safe in hot weather. Hot weather can be a tough time for your chickens. There are several precautions you can take to keep them safe and comfortable when temperatures soar.
Stocking an Avian Emergency Kit
This is a page about stocking an avian emergency kit. Birds like other pets may at times need emergency first aid, either to easily treat a manageable injury or illness or until you can get to the vet.
Dealing With a Broody Hen
This is a page about dealing with a broody hen. Hens can periodically become broody, meaning that they don't want to get off their eggs. Broodiness is often also characterized by a moodiness and grumpy attidute.
Using Curtains in Your Chicken Coop
This is a page about using curtains in your chicken coop. Adding curtains to your chicken coop is more than just prettying up the place for the girls. There are some very practical reasons for taking the time to make this addition.
Caring for Chickens
This is a page about caring for chickens. When growing poultry for meat or eggs in your own backyard, you want to make it an enjoyable experience for your birds and your family.
Making Your Own Chicken Waterer
This is a page about making your own chicken waterer. You can save money or create the waterer that meets your special needs by making your own.
Storing Chicken Feed
This is a page about storing chicken feed. Whether you use plastic buckets or other food storage systems, it is important to keep your bird food dry and pest free.
Heating a Chicken Coop
This is a page about heating a chicken coop. Keeping your birds warm and healthy through the winter, can require an additional heat source.
Getting Chickens to Lay in Nesting Box
This is a page about getting chickens to lay in nesting box. Getting your hens to lay eggs in their nesting box helps to ensure that you get the maximum number of fresh clean eggs.
Building a Chicken Perch
A perch gives your chickens a nice comfortable place to bed down at night. This is a page about building a chicken perch.
Insulating a Chicken Coop
This is a page about insulating a chicken coop. As you are planning your new coop, one question that comes to mind is how and if you should insulate the coop.
Building a Chicken Coop
This is a page about building a chicken coop. You have made the decision to raise backyard chickens. One of the first considerations is providing them with a coop. You can buy one or you may wish to build your own.
Rhode Island Red Chicken Breed Information and...
This is a page about Rhode Island Red chicken breed information and photos. The Rhode Island Red is a popular backyard bird, because of their hardiness and egg laying abilities.
Bantam Chicken Information and Photos
This page contains bantam chicken information and photos. These beautiful small birds make fun pets if you have the room.
Making a Chicken Feeder
This is a page about making a chicken feeder. Buying a feeder for your chickens can be expensive, however with a few inexpensive items you can make your own.
Sussex Chicken Breed Information and Photos
This is a page about Sussex chicken breed information and photos. The Sussex chicken originated in southeast England where similar birds have existed for centuries. This breed is easy to raise and an excellent egg producer.
This chicken's name is Biscuit (shortened from Biscuits and Gravy). We have 9 chicks and they have been fun to raise so far.
Hens Not Laying
I got my chickens in May. Why are they not laying?
Insulating a Chicken Coop
I live in North Dakota and in the spring will be building a chicken coop. I'm wondering if I can use cardboard or newspaper as insulation?
Keeping Flies Away from Chicken Coop
I am a poultry farmer; my chicken house is kept inside with a floor raised with wiremesh as the floor. The droppings of the chickens attract huge flies, and it is messy. How do I get rid of these annoying flies?
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