Category Archives: Chickens

My hen is broody. Now what?

It’s normal for hens to go broody. Some breeds — such as Buff Orpingtons, Cochins, or Silkies, and many breeds of bantams — are more prone to go broody than others, but even production breeds can, on occasion, go broody.  … Continue reading

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Why Do Chickens Eat Their Own Eggs?

Sometimes you may be getting fewer eggs than you expect, even when your hens are laying well. This can happen if they develop the bad habit of eating their own eggs. Egg eating can start by accident, sort of. Maybe … Continue reading

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Keep Your Chickens Cool in Hot Weather

With summer approaching, you’ll need to help your chickens stay cool, at least in the warmer parts of the country. Unlike humans, chickens don’t sweat, but like humans they depend on evaporation to stay cool – by panting. As they … Continue reading

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How Often Should I Worm My Chickens?

For most backyard flock owners, we don’t recommend worming on a regular schedule without first having your flock tested for worms. The test involves a fecal sample, which can be done by a local vet. It will tell you whether … Continue reading

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Which of My Hens Are Laying?

As you raise laying hens, it becomes obvious over time that some hens are more productive than others. Some breeds are better layers, but even from hen to hen within a breed, productivity will vary due to differences in length … Continue reading

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How Soon Will My Hens Start to Lay?

Because so many variables are involved, we cannot predict exactly when your chickens will start to lay, but we can give some estimates. Pearl White Leghorns are our earliest layers and can start to lay as early as 4 1/2 … Continue reading

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No Cause for Alarm — It’s Just a Dust Bath

He lays on one side, flopping in the dirt, with one wing slightly outstretched, flicking one leg rapidly up and down. He rolls over onto his back, kicks and writhes in the dirt. At first glance, it may seem like … Continue reading

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Brooding Day Old Chicks

Introduction There are several different ways to begin raising chickens. If you want hens that will begin producing eggs very soon, you can start with started pullets. If you aren’t in as much of a hurry and want to take … Continue reading

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How to Introduce New Chickens into your Existing Flock

Integrating new chickens into an established flock can be problematic.  This series of past articles covers the basics of introducing new chickens into your flock as painlessly as possible. 1. The first article in this series gives the background information … Continue reading

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The Beginning: My Quest into a Life with Chickens

For someone who didn’t grow up on a farm or has had very little experience even visiting a farm, the practicality of owning chickens can seem like a very daunting task.  Owning chickens to some may seem as practical as … Continue reading

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