The Orpington Chicken Breed

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 “Smashed-In Eggs & White Banded Eggs”

When Does a Hen Start Laying?

 

Above: 2 broody hens (Buff Orpington & Easter Egger)

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 “When Does a Hen Start Laying?”

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 “Chicken History: Where Chickens Came From”

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 “Why Roosters Crow: How to Help Minimize Crowing”

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 “What to Know Before You Get A Rooster”

The Leghorn Chicken Breed

White Leghorn hen pictured above from mypetchicken.com

   The Leghorn chicken breed is the standard breed that most commercial egg farms keep. This is because the breed matures fairly quickly and has a very high annual egg production rate…

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