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Happy chickens are productive chickens. Keep your chickens active and amused with these suggestions for a chicken playground from author Liz Fulghum. Happy Chickens Chickens are happiest when they can cluck around during the day, free-ranging and foraging through mulch, leaves, and dirt for tasty bugs and seeds. But sometimes, to keep them safe or […]Read more »
The following 12 episodes have been designed for new and aspiring chicken owners. Charlotte French and Zach Foley chat in-depth about everything from hatching eggs and raising chicks to feeding, housing, and protecting adult birds. Episode 1 – Choosing Your Breeds Zach and Charlotte discuss various popular breeds, their attributes, and what resources are […]Read more »
Ever wonder why eggshells have odd bumps or discolorations? Learn how eggs develop, and troubleshoot eggshell problems with chicken owner and writer Elizabeth Diane Mack. For small poultry flock owners, eggshell abnormalities can be a bit scary. The internal shell development process occurs in less than 24 hours, and during this time, even minor upsets […]Read more »
Second in a three part series. Dr. Jacquie Jacob shares her research on how to effectively use heritage breeds for small-scale meat production operations. As discussed in Part 1 of this three part series, we ran a study at the University of Kentucky poultry research farm comparing three heritage breeds (Black Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock […]Read more »
Chicken Salad is a summer favourite. Spice yours up with some curry powder and a little yogurt. Our editor, Carla Tilghman, enjoys making this light curry chicken salad for the next day’s lunch. Letting the salad rest in the fridge overnight allows all the flavours to meld nicely. Curry Chicken Salad Prep time: 15 minutes (if […]Read more »
Alexandra Douglas has been raising and breeding quail for over a decade. She began, like many of us do, by just getting a bird and going from there. Read about her early adventures and deepening understanding of how to selectively breed quail. Beginning with Stella I never knew I would be breeding Coturnix quail. I […]Read more »
Marissa Buchanan raises and breeds these rare, solid black chickens. She shares her experiences of owning a flock and the need to conserve this breed. Modern History of the Breed The rare and unique Ayam cemani is revered by poultry enthusiasts. With its black feathers, skin, and flesh, this breed is quite distinctive and certainly […]Read more »
Guineas may be new to you but they are not to author and researcher Christine Heinrichs. These beautiful birds still exist in the wild in Africa but have also been domesticated for a small flocks. Learn how to get started raising guineas. What are guinea fowl? Guinea fowl are birds from the family Numididae and […]Read more »
First of a three part series. Dr. Jacquie Jacob shares her research on how to effectively use heritage breeds for small-scale meat production operations. Here’s a link to Part 2. Small-Scale Chicken Production Small-scale broiler chicken enterprises are often competing with large commercial companies for a share of the consumer market. But there are ways […]Read more »
Join us for our first #photocontest of the year! You can log onto the Community Chickens Facebook page and post photos. Every month we’ll be picking a theme and asking you to share your flock with us. Winners will be selected at the end of each month and the top three will be featured on the […]Read more »