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Chickens are not always kind to each other. Learn how to keep your hens safe and solve some flock problems with this excerpt from The Chicken Keeper’s Problem Solver. PRIMITIVE BEHAVIOR Newcomers to the chicken-keeping hobby are frequently surprised—and often shocked—to discover just how vicious their feathery friends can be. Anything smaller than they are […]Read more »
Blogger Sandy Cryder shares her adventures with her very first flock of chickens. The four Buff Orpington hens in my first flock were beautiful! Large bodied; warm, golden, buff colored feathers; heavy, feathered breasts; full, downy Fluffs; Red wattles and single combs. They lay large, brown eggs starting between 5-7 months of age. Buffs are […]Read more »
Blogger Elle Pugsley from southern England shares with us how to introduce chickens and dogs. Chickens rescued from industrial farms probably haven’t met many animals of a different species. If you have other animals, you will want to introduce them all slowly and safely. Three Dogs, Three New Chickens I have three large dogs who […]Read more »
Need (or want) to add some new hens to your flock? Elle Pugsley gives us some hints. When merging different flocks of chickens or introducing new flock members to an existing flock the transition needs to be done with care. Clean. Start with a deep clean of the run and coop before mixing the birds […]Read more »
They are extra Roosters. Time to give them a chance. Everyone has an opinion on them. Some love the classic image of a handsomely plumed boy strutting around the barnyard while others will get out the stew pot as soon as they hear the first strangled crows from the most recent batch of chicks. The […]Read more »
This past spring our local feed mill went out of business, with no fair warning – ughh. Leaving us in a bit of a pickle, to say the least. We went to pick up feed one Saturday morning and found a note on the door stating the property was being foreclosed on. What were we […]Read more »
A few weeks ago I started the evening chores like every other night. I grabbed the wire egg basket from the front porch and headed to the chicken coop. I collected eggs from our Buff Orpington pen, our Leghorn pen and our Araucana and Olive Egger pen. When I went into the French Black Copper […]Read more »
Over the years, in my experience keeping chickens, we’ve done both free ranging and keeping them in a confined coop. My preferred method is to let them free range, but right now I have our flock separated in pens by breed for breeding purposes. What is free ranging? Free ranging can have a […]Read more »
“If you know somethin’ well, you can always paint it, but people would be better off buyin’ chickens. Folk Artist –Grandma Moses” Handmade chick run attached to the chicken coop Grandma Moses was she’s right with the second part of that quote. People would be better off buyin’ chickens. So, say you listened to Grandma […]Read more »
It is a common occurrence in egg-laying-chickendom that hens slow down or cease laying eggs in winter. Shorter days resulting in less daylight would make anyone sluggish and long to take a break from the daily grind. If you have a strong reliance on eggs, this season in a hen’s life can be worrisome. However, […]Read more »