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As part of our breed series, Jeannette Beranger clues us into which chicken breeds are North American. Photos courtesy of the Livestock Conservancy. Chickens come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, and general appearances, making them one of our most diverse domestic species. To help make some sense out of organizing them, the American Poultry […]Read more »
Excited about new chicks, but nervous about introducing them to your existing flock? Elizabeth Mack walks you through bird dynamics to keep everyone safe. Bringing new chicks home can be a stressful time, but it’s especially nerve-wracking when you have an existing flock. The old girls are set in their ways, know their place, and […]Read more »
Please fence me in! Great advice from carpenter Frank Hyman about how to set posts. Photos by author. There’s a little bit of an art to setting posts for a pen. Okay, it’s very little art. Nonetheless, I’m particular about setting posts. I live in fear of my work looking like some fence lines I’ve […]Read more »
Maat van Uitert shares five great ways to teach your kids confidence around your flocks. Ever watch those videos of roosters chasing kids and laugh? Did you know that confidence around our feathered friends can be taught? And that confidence can influence the rest of your kids’ lives? We’ve all heard that involving children in […]Read more »
Bringing home a peeping box with fluffy little chicks can be scary, but Elizabeth Mack has lots of excellent advice to help you. Photos by author. For new chicken owners, nothing is more exciting — and more terrifying — than bringing baby chicks home for the first time. Hopefully, you’ve done lots of pre-planning, and […]Read more »
Fala Burnette recalls rescuing a beloved pet chicken in the first part of an article series chronicling the store of Wally the hen. Learning about a Chicken in Need September 4th 2020 started off as every normal shopping trip to town did, with a list in hand and a long trip in the vehicle to […]Read more »
Maat van Uitert shares smart instructions for an easy and strong chicken coop. Did you get chickens this spring, and now need a coop for them? Want to build it yourself? In this article, we’ll show you how we built an 8-by-8-foot chicken coop for less than $400! This coop is perfect for seven chickens […]Read more »
How does a chicken get clean? By getting dirty! -Advertisement- A Natural Instinct Flinging around dirt to get clean seems counterintuitive, but Mother Nature knows what She’s doing. Dust bathing is an instinctive activity for many animals, including some mammals and many types of birds like sparrows, ostriches, and most game birds. Dust bathing is […]Read more »
Story and photos by Liz Fulghum Prepare for new spring chicks with this easy DIY brooder. This last year has been a strange time for so many people. But as this 2021 spring arrives, we can look forward to new opportunities and projects. Hopefully this last year has let lots of us connect more to […]Read more »
Broody hens make good mamas. -Advertisement- A mama hen strutting about with her brood of chicks in tow is the quintessential farm image everyone knows and loves. Brooding is the process by which newly hatched chicks, or birds of any kind, grow up, learn to eat and drink, and are kept at the temperature necessary […]Read more »