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Can Hens Crow? You bet!

crowing hen
Above: Dusty, my Buff Orpington & dominate crowing hen

Hens can crow. Yep… It’s true. Though I have read about this before, it was a pleasure to be able to experience it in person. I had a hen that crowed. In this post, I will include why and when hens crow and even feature a recording of a Buff Orpington hen crowing!

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The New Chicks (Plus Funny Video)!

Chicks vs DogMeet Sleepy & Buttercup… my 2 new chicks. At 4 days old, they literally just showed up on the doorstep (Yeah, how cool is It to get a surprise of peeping fuzzies?)

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Chicken Nutrition: Feeds & Supplements

What to feed ChickensTo grow, lay eggs and stay healthy, chickens need good nutrition (which includes a balanced amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fats). However, with so much contradictory information out there, what should we be feeding chickens? Are table scraps and treats okay for chickens? Do chickens need supplements? What are all the different ration feeds for?

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Sussex Chicken Breed

Above: Columbian Sussex rooster

The Sussex chicken breed is a very old breed that originated in Sussex, England. It is very closely connected, in origin, to the Dorking chicken…

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Beginner’s Guide to Chicken-Keeping

Beginner's Guide to Chickens
Chickens are a joy that it is difficult to imagine abstaining from. In short, they rock. Ever heard of chicken math? Yeah… It’s real (I just need 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 chickens). However, believe me, as a chicken keeper who has learned the hard way, there are things I wished I would’ve known during my beginner’s poultry experience that could have saved me lots of difficulty. Chicken keeping doesn’t have to be hard or complicated—but it definitely can be. In this post, I have included some basic chicken-keeping tips and info to hopefully help make your beginning experience with chickens a good one. So, here’s to simplicity and happy, healthy chickens!

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How To Sex Crested Chicks (Polish & Crevecoeur)

Golden-laced pullet (9 weeks)

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

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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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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