Hens can crow. Yep… It’s true. Though I have read about this before, it was a pleasure to be able to experience it in person. I had a hen that crowed. In this post, I will include why and when hens crow and even feature a recording of a Buff Orpington hen crowing!
To grow, lay eggs and stay healthy, chickens need good nutrition (which includes a balanced amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fats). However, with so much contradictory information out there, what should we be feeding chickens? Are table scraps and treats okay for chickens? Do chickens need supplements? What are all the different ration feeds for?
Chickens are a joy that it is difficult to imagine abstaining from. In short, they rock. Ever heard of chicken math? Yeah… It’s real (I just need
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 chickens). However, believe me, as a chicken keeper who has learned the hard way, there are things I wished I would’ve known during my beginner’s poultry experience that could have saved me lots of difficulty. Chicken keeping doesn’t have to be hard or complicated—but it definitely can be. In this post, I have included some basic chicken-keeping tips and info to hopefully help make your beginning experience with chickens a good one. So, here’s to simplicity and happy, healthy chickens!
Heritage chicken breeds are APA (American Poultry Association) recognized breeds that where originally bred to be hardy meat and egg producers. However, most heritage breeds where bred before the modern methods of large scale meat production developed. For this reason, they are often smaller and slower to mature than industriel meat production breeds (such as the Cornish cross). Additionally, they may not lay as much as modern Egg-production Chicken Breeds (such as Leghorns). However… is more really better? In this article, I provide more information on heritage chickens and (including why they are so cool). I also include a list of a few heritage breeds!
Chickens have what we call ‘combs’ and ‘wattles’ adorning their faces. The wattles hang from the bottom of the beak and the comb adorns the top of the bird’s head. Not all chickens have both combs and wattles… In fact, wattles are often absent in bearded varieties (like some Easter Eggers, Silkies, Polishes and Crevecoeurs). Also, some chickens have some pretty unique comb variations. However, though they may appear a little strange at first, combs and wattles are really neat and can also tell us a lot about chicken health. In this article, I will be explaining more about chicken combs and wattles…
Almost every poultry keeper has encountered flock injuries… from mere scratches from rubbing up against the chicken wire to gouges caused by wild animals (such as hawks or raccoons) or dogs. In this article, I include a free recipe for DIY poultry wound care salve, effective for treating external injuries in poultry (people too!)…
Boredom is a common problem for chickens… Not only are chickens are susceptible to it, but bored birds cause mischief… Which can be anything from egg-eating and plucking one another’s feathers out to digging potholes in the run and removing bedding from the nest boxes. 😧 Bored chickens cause extra trouble and work. 🙁 However, more critically, long term birdie boredom leads to excessive stress (which often leads to health problems), canibalism and reduced egg production. In this article, I include some tips on how to help bust birdie boredom! Continue Reading
Although chickens pick up occasional external parasites from time to time, keeping the population in check is key to a happy, healthy flock. Not only can parasitic overpopulations cause major discomfort, they can weaken chickens’ natural defenses and lead health problems… and even death. In this article, I will be sharing how I prevent and treat external parasites in my backyard flock… Continue Reading
Have you ever wondered what the little shield symbols on store-bought egg cartons mean? And maybe… more importantly, how those shields qualify those eggs to sold to the general public? In this article, I explain how eggs are graded as well as how the shields are used to qualify eggs for human consumption according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)…
Keeping lice and mites in check is a must for every backyard chicken keeper. However, with so many products on the market, how do you know which ones are right for your flock? Are they safe to use? Are there natural/non-toxic alternatives available that are effective? In this article, I will be listing some of the various products available (for treatment and prevention). I will also list some of the health and safety hazards of common poultry pesticides and suggest safer alternatives that can help your flock stay free of lice and mites for good!
A Crossed beak (also called a scissor beak, crooked beak or lateral beak deviation) is the term used for when the top part of a bird’s beak does not align properly with the lower portion, resulting in crossed appearance. The severity of the deformity can range greatly from case to case. In this article, I will be giving some further information on the causes of crossed beak deformities. I will also offer tips and advice on care based on my experiences with crossed beak chickens…
Have you ever wondered what chickens see? Chickens have amazing vision but it is unique from what you’re probably used to! Chickens’ eyes are very compact and efficient but they also have some amazing visual capabilities… Continue Reading
Overheating is a serious issue for any animal and can be dangerous if gone unchecked. Since chickens don’t sweat, it can be difficult for them to cool down in high temperatures… Okay, you may not be a modern-day super hero who controls the weather patterns or anything like that but… Here are some fun things that you acctually can do to help them beat the heat! Continue Reading
Vent pasting is a common issue with young chicks. Vent pasting is completely curable. However, it is often the result of stress or other health issues. Such problems may cause re-occurent vent-pasting if gone un-checked. In this article, I will be providing the causes of vent pasting as well as how to treat it… Continue Reading