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How to Introduce New Chickens into your Flock, part 2

Disease and Parasites When you introduce new chickens to your flock, you run the risk of also introducing new diseases or parasites to your flock. If you take your chickens to poultry shows, then you run that same risk when … Continue reading

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How to Introduce New Chickens into your Flock, part 1

If you’ve ever raised chicks then later added them to an existing flock of mature chickens, then you know that it is often an unpleasant experience. The older chickens peck the newcomers hard. They chase them, and they try to … Continue reading

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Raising Chickens for Our Home Flock, Day 23

Moving the chicks from the brooder into the chicken tractor.
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Raising Chickens for Our Home Flock, Day 9

Brooder temperature. Chicks sparring. Wing and tail feather development. Foraging in the yard. Feeders. The free rare/exotic chick. Photos. Continue reading

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Raising Chickens for Our Home Flock, Day 4

Chick grit – making it from grower grit. Overcoming problems with pasting up. Photos. Continue reading

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Raising Chickens for Our Home Flock, Day 3

Moving the chicks outdoors to a larger brooder. Description of the new brooder. Quick Chick supplement. Photos. Continue reading

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Raising Chickens for Our Home Flock, Day 1

The arrival of the baby chicks at the post office. Basic chick care for the first day.
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Using Electric Poultry Netting

One of my favorite tools for containing chickens and ducks is electric poultry netting.  This type of fencing goes by several names, such as “electric poultry fence,” “electroplastic netting”, or “electric mesh netting”.

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9 Things to Investigate if Your Hens Aren’t Laying Well

Here is a list of things that affect how well your hens lay eggs, along with suggestions for what you can do to ensure that they lay their best. 1. Lighting Now that Spring is approaching, and the days are … Continue reading

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7 Reasons To Raise Chickens

There are many good reasons to raise chickens: 1. Fresh Eggs There simply aren’t any eggs fresher than those that you can get if you raise your own chickens. 2. High Quality Eggs and Meat When you raise your own … Continue reading

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