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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 »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Sometimes chickens begin to eat their eggs. Unfortunately, this behavior is often all too common in backyard flocks. It can develop for a number of reasons including protein deficiencies, boredom, lack of space, and quite simply- the eggs taste delicious. Often folks discover they have an egg eater in […]Read more »
by Donna McGlasson from Gardens & Chickens & Worms, Oh My! Laying hens need calcium to lay and have strong shells. A healthy diet and a separate container with a calcium source are very important to offer your girls. If your laying hens do not get enough calcium, their bodies will pull calcium from their […]Read more »
by Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick In the past decade, the popularity of backyard chicken-keeping has elevated the status of chickens from expendable, barnyard livestock to valued family pets. Unfortunately, many of the earlier poultry-keeping articles and books were written with livestock in mind; frequently in those writings, culling is the proposed solution for certain injuries, behaviors and […]Read more »
by Margaret E. Kellogg Photos by author They say you learn something new every day, and I find this to be so true. I didn’t know that it takes about five months for a mallard drake to look like a drake. Did you? My son, Stephen, is infatuated with mallard ducks. I just couldn’t understand […]Read more »
by Meredith Chilson Photos by author A reader has asked for advice on what to do about his 1-year-old flock of two Rhode Island Reds and three Wyandottes. They have begun eating eggs as fast as they are laid, and he wonders if he will have to butcher his entire flock. I’ve done a bit […]Read more »