Bird’s Eye View: 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

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

Polish Chicken Breed

Above: Golden-Laced Polish Pullet (immature hen)

Polish chickens, similar to Crevecoeurs, are adorned with ornate crests. Contrary to what the name might lead one to believe, Polish chickens are not known to have originated in Poland…  Continue Reading

The Peeps & the Pets

Funny Cat & Chicken
Above: Dusty & Shadow

I love watching my chickens when they interact with other animals… Chickens are very curious creatures and when they meet new animals, the exchange is often rather amusing (particularly with chicks and young chickens)…

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Vent Pasting in Chicks: Causes & Treatment

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

My Crested Peeps

After the euthanasia of one of my beloved Buff Orpington chickens, My Dad promised me that I could get any breed of chicken I wanted that spring… Literally. As long as I got one that was not prone to health problems or difficult to care for…

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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

Crevecoeur Chicken Breed

  

 The Crevecoeur (Pronounced ‘krev-coor’) is an interesting breed… With such a striking appearance, they are not easy to miss. Crevecoeurs themselves actually originated in France. In fact, Crevcoeur means ‘Broken-Heart’ in French… 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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Bantam Chickens: Fun Sized Poultry!

    bantam-chickens-compared-regular-sizeFeatured above: Standard Silkie beside bantam. Image from My Pet Chicken

 Bantam chickens (also called ‘Banties’), come in many colors and varieties. Bantams only weigh about 1-2 pounds (one-third to one fifth the size of their larger cousins)… Continue Reading

Best Chicken Breeds For Eggs

 

There’s almost nothin’ like collecting a basket full of fresh eggs, right from the nest box. If you are interested in keeping chickens for eggs, you might want to consider which chicken breeds are the best layers. In this article, I have put together a compilation of some of the top layer breeds. Below, I have included the best brown, blue/green as well as white egg laying breeds! Continue Reading