Why Chickens Dust Bathe

Above: Tweetie, A silver Laced Wyandotte taking a ‘dust’ bath in some shavings. I do not think that shavings are very effective… At least she liked to dust bathe in real dust on a frequent basis.

Chickens love to dust bathe and will do it pretty much whenever they find a good patch of dust. Dust baths are also absolutely essential for a chicken’s proper hygiene maintenance… But why? You’d think that rolling around in the dust would make you… well… dirtier. However, for chickens, taking a dust bath actually cleans them! Here’s how it works… Continue Reading

How Cold is Too Cold For Chickens?

Above: Marion, a golden-laced Polish hen in the snow

Chickens are very adaptable birds (thus the reason they are common livestock in so many countries). However, chickens can get to cold. So… when should you be concerned for your chickens in cold temperatures?

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How To Sex Crested Chicks (Polish & Crevecoeur)

Above: Crested Crevecoeur cockerel

Sexing your standard or common chicken breeds can be tough and confusing at times. With crested variety chicks, it can often be even more difficult to discern. Crested chicks (such as Sultans, Crevecoeurs and Polishes) are well… crested, making their combs not as visible. However, they are also slow to mature and often bearded (which means wattle development is often not very discernible). To top that, Crested chicks are usually sold straight run because of the similitude of the pullets and cockerels. This makes your chances of getting a little rooster much higher… Continue Reading

How Hot is Too Hot For Chickens?

Above: Tweetie, one of my Silver-Laced Wyandotte hens drinking out of a flower pot… Seriously, I did just clean their water. I guess the flower water tastes better.

Although the ideal temperature for most chickens is between roughly between 40 and 80F (from my experience), most chickens are pretty heat hardy up to 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit for at least a short period of time (largely depending on breed, of course)…

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Blood Stained Egg Shells

Blood-stained egg

Finding an egg in the nest box with blood on the shell can give any chicken keeper quite the scare… At least it did for me, my first time, a few years ago! Young hens and pullets coming into lay are most prone to laying blood-stained egg shells than older hens. However, it can happen at almost any age. So… how does it happen… and maybe more importantly, is it dangerous? Continue Reading

Smashed-In Eggs & White Banded Eggs

Even healthy hens, primarily on there younger years, will occasionally lay a misshapen egg here there. However, defective eggs should not occur on frequent basis. In this post, I will explain the causes of two common egg shell quality problems: Smashed-in eggs (which are also called slab-Sided eggs) and White-banded eggs… Continue Reading

When Does a Hen Start Laying?

When does a Hen start Laying

The time it takes for a pullet to begin laying varies primarily on the breed and the time of year she was hatched. A hen will usually go ‘dormant’ in the coldest seasons. This means that chicks hatched in Fall or late summer will often hold off on laying until the following spring…  Continue Reading

Chicken History: Where Chickens Came From

Above: Welsummer Chicken (Hen)

Chickens are kept by many people for meat, eggs and even companionship worldwide… In the modern day, there are ~65 recognized chicken breeds in the US. However, there are hundreds of breeds recognized across the world. Each breed has a different temperament, different characteristics, a different personality and even a different appearance. So… where did all these interesting little creatures come from? Continue Reading

Why Roosters Crow: How to Help Minimize Crowing

Have you ever wondered why Roosters Crow… and, maybe, more importantly, how to make them stop? Well, here, I will include a few theories, tips and tricks on how to keep your feathered friends from keeping you up at weird hours of the night… Continue Reading

What to Know Before You Get A Rooster

A Rooster can be a very good thing to have in your flock for many reasons. However, there are some things about roosters that you should be aware of  before you consider one. In this article, I will include information on the benefits, as well as concerns, of having/caring for a rooster. Continue Reading

Basic Guide On Chick Care

Chick Care: How to care for baby chickens

Whether you’re hatching your own or buying from the local feed store, new chicks can be loads of fun and excitement. However, chicks, like all animals, have basic needs and the early stages of an animal’s development are critical for its long-term health. This guide is intended to quickly walk you through the basics and prepare you so you (and your little peeps!) can get the most out of the experience…

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