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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 »
Learn how to build functional and fun gates for your chicken yard…and more with Frank Hyman. Photos by author. Part of the reason we keep chickens is because poultry have personality. Our chickens’ pens and coops should have a little personality too. And as far as the pens go, the best place for incorporating personality […]Read more »
Christine Heinrichs outlines some of the many different poultry organizations available nationwide to help young folks learn more about poultry care and feeding. Kids are attracted to chickens from the first time they hear the story of the Little Red Hen. Poultry organizations can help them build those attractions into solid life paths. Additionally, poultry […]Read more »
Raising Cornish Cross birds for meat? Learn the math of planning ahead to budget for feed, and track your bird’s weight gains. This is part of a series of articles on Cornish Cross broiler management. Here are links to the other parts of the series: Cornish Cross History Setting up for Cornish Cross Success Setting […]Read more »
Newcastle disease is a highly contagious poultry virus. Learn signs, symptoms, prevention and control for the health and safety of your flock. The number of backyard chicken enthusiasts has exploded in recent months. Hatcheries and feed stores across the country have seen sales for chicks to first-time customers skyrocket. But many poultry experts are […]Read more »
It’s about time to incubate spring chicks. Learn more about what dandling is and what you can expect to see. -Advertisement- Candling is the process of shining a concentrated beam of light through the shell of a developing egg to gather details about the embryo inside. What is a “Candler” A variety of specialized […]Read more »
Rich and Marion Patterson of Winding Pathways LLC share their experiences with sharing their animals with their kids for the benefit of all. -Advertisement- Kids love animals. Even infants are fascinated watching colorful wild birds visiting a feeder. Toads and butterflies capture their imagination, while puppies, kittens, bunnies and just about any other animal grabs […]Read more »