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How Much Space Do My Chickens Need?

  Chickens will be happier and healthier if they are let out during the day to forage. At night, they need protection against predators, so they should be kept in a chicken coop or shelter.  The proper size of the … Continue reading

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Raising Chickens for Our Home Flock, Day 52

  Our chickens are about eight weeks old. Most of their adult feathers have grown in.  The chickens appear to be about one third the size that they will reach as adults. They are about the size of bantams.

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Raising Chickens for Our Home Flock, Day 34

Our chickens are about 5 weeks old now.  They are growing and developing well in the chicken tractor…. This article also tells a little about the chicken’s crop and digestive tract. 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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Don’t Let Your Chickens Run Out of Water

Your chickens need to always have access to plenty of clean, fresh drinking water.  This is especially important in hot weather when their need for water increases significantly. Problems Caused by Lack of Water

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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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Should I Feed My Chickens Oyster Shells?

If you have laying hens, we recommend that you give them ground oyster shells. It is best to do this “free choice” by putting the oyster shells in a separate container, so that the hens can take as much as … Continue reading

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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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7 Myths about Urban Chickens, Myths 4 – 7

by Patricia Foreman [This article is part of a series, to read the entire series, visit: 7 Myths about Urban Chickens.] Myth 4. Chickens Attract Predators, Pests & Rodents. Fact: Predators and rodents are already living in urban areas. Wild … Continue reading

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