Lice & Mite Treatments for Chickens

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!
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Crossed Beak Chickens

Above: Elly, my crossed beak chicken

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…

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Henry: The Tale of A Brave Rooster


Henry is our Welsummer rooster. We got Henry for free as a 4wk old cockerel… He was small and little thin. He was lowest on the pecking order and in the middle of his growth stage (between fuzzy/cute and shiny/beautiful). These factors made him not the most gracious in appearance… Continue reading “Henry: The Tale of A Brave Rooster”

Kadaknaths: All Black Chickens

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The Kadaknath is a little-known, rare chicken breed that originated in Madhya Pradesh, the direct center India. In their native territory, kadaknath chickens are called “kali masi”, literally meaning “black fleshed fowl”… Continue reading “Kadaknaths: All Black Chickens”

Naked-Necks (A.K.A Turkens)


Naked Necks are an unusual breed and one might think… “Really, who would want a partially featherless chicken?” But as odd as they may look at first, Naked Necks are actually pretty cool! Here’s why…
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Elly: The Crooked Crevcouer

Above: Elly

One, wet Spring day, I got a birthday present. That present was 4, small crested variety chicks (one Golden-Laced Polish and 3 Crevcouers). I brought the bunch of chicks home on my lap. They were not the healthiest chicks I’d had. One was half the size of the others (for its first several months), two got Pasted Vents and one… (who almost died when I brought her home) turned out to have a twisted beak… I called her Elly…  Continue reading “Elly: The Crooked Crevcouer”

What are Easter Egger Chickens?

Easter Eggers chickens are technically not a specific breed. Easter Eggers (aka EEs) are category of chickens that carry genes that give them the capability to lay blue or green eggs. Contrary to a common myth, they differ from Amaraucanas…

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Black Chickens: The Rare Ayam Cemanis


The Ayam Cemani is rare breed of chicken with a unique physical trait… They are almost completely black… Their feathers, skin, organs, tongues, feet and even bones are all black! The only thing on them that is not black is their blood (which is for the information, normally colored)… Continue reading “Black Chickens: The Rare Ayam Cemanis”

Chinese Silkie Chicken Breed

Image above of White Silkie from Wikipedia

The Silkie is a unique breed of chicken. Although their place of origin is not definitely known, they made their first appearance in China. In fact, “Silkie” is actually a nickname. The full name for this fluffy breed is the “Chinese Silk Chicken”… Continue reading “Chinese Silkie Chicken Breed”

Dorking Chicken Breed

SONY DSCImage of Silver Gray Dorking pair from Sun Bird Farms

The Dorking is a beautiful, yet uncommon breed. The name comes from a place (Dorking, England) and is not in the least sense implying that they have a low intelligence level. However, Dorkings did not originally come from England, contrary what the name implies; Their breeding lines go back much farther than that… Continue reading “Dorking Chicken Breed”

What do Chickens see? 10 interesting Facts on Chickens’ eyes

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 “What do Chickens see? 10 interesting Facts on Chickens’ eyes”

Easy Ways to Help Your Chickens Beat the Heat!

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 “Easy Ways to Help Your Chickens Beat the Heat!”

The Polish Chicken Breed

Above: Golden-Laced Polish Pullet (immature hen)

Polish chickens, similar to Crevcouers, are adorned with ornate crests… In spite of the name, Polish chickens are not known to have originated in Poland…  Continue reading “The Polish Chicken Breed”