Australorp Chicken Breed

Above: Black Australorp Hen

Australorps are beautiful, docile chickens that originated in Australia. They where bred out of Black Orpingtons, which is where their name originated. (Australian + Orpington = Austral-Orp).

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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

The Rhode Island Red

 

The Rhode Island Red (RIR) is probably one of the most popular chicken breeds in the U.S. However, Rhode Island Reds are not just popular in the U.S, they are popular throughout the world. They are one of the most easily recognized breeds, even for those unfamiliar with poultry… Continue Reading

Egyptian Fayoumi Chickens

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Above image of Fayoumi pullet (young hen) by Joe Mable

     The Fayoumi (Sometimes spelled Faiyumi) is a very old breed of chicken that originated in Egypt (specifically the Nile Valley). They have been around for a very long time. In fact, many historians believe that they were among the first domesticated chicken breeds… Continue Reading

The Orpington Chicken Breed

Buff Orpington Hens
Above (Left-to-Right): A pair of my Buff Orpington hens (Lotty Dotty & Sandy) foraging in the grass

The Orpington is a very popular chicken breed. It is primarily known for its all around exceptional meat quality, egg production and friendly disposition. These qualities make the Orpington a popular addition to backyard chicken-keepers’ flocks…

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Plymouth Rock Chickens

Above: Barred Plymouth Rock hen

    Simply called “Rocks” by some, these hardy, cold resistant chickens get their name from Plymouth Rock (yep, the one from the early days of our wonderful country)…

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Wyandotte Chicken Breed

Above: Silver-Laced Wyandotte Hen

Wyandotte chickens are beautiful, ornamental chickens. Although nine colors are recognized by The American Poultry Association, Wyandottes primarily are sold in two of those colors (silver-laced and golden-laced)…

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Welsummer Chicken Breed

Above: Partridge Welsummer Rooster

Welsummers are what typically comes to mind when one thinks “rooster”.  In fact, it is speculated, because of their amazingly close resemblance, that the Corn-Flakes rooster is non other than a Welsummer…

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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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