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Diagnosing illness in your flock helps keep them healthy and you calm. [Publish date] Sept 6, 2021 It’s important to act quickly at the first signs of illness in your flock. Unfortunately, chickens are experts at hiding any signs of sickness to prevent becoming a target of bullying from the rest of the flock. However, […]Read more »
Moving with chickens is stressful, but Liz Fulghum has excellent suggestions to make things easier on everyone. Late last year, construction of our new home finally wrapped up. While the builders were putting the final touches on our house, we were busy putting the final touches on a new coop and run for our chickens. […]Read more »
Bruce and Elaine Ingram share their tips and tricks for understanding and managing roosters. Over the years, my wife, Elaine, and I have typically possessed two or three roosters holding forth in a pair of pens that adjoin each other. Some cocks have tolerated each other, others have not, and some have forged their own […]Read more »
Livestock get the stamp spotlight with new U.S. stamps featuring heritage breeds. Heritage livestock breeds were the province of a small group of dedicated farmers a few years ago. Now, everyone can appreciate them on postage stamps. The U.S. Postal Service is selling stamps that feature 10species. “Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of […]Read more »
What to build your own coop and chicken yard? Frank Hyman shares information about getting to know and using your hand tools. Photos by author. You can read some of Frank’s other tool- and fencing-focused articles: Get the Most from Your Posts Great Gates for the Girls Power tools get all the attention. But it’s […]Read more »
Gardening with chickens is an adventure for you and for them. Elizabeth Mack shares tips to keep your birds (and plants) healthy and safe. When I moved onto my small hobby farm a few years ago, I had two requirements: chickens and gardens. I soon brought home my first small flock of hens and let […]Read more »
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 »