Category Archives: Raising Chickens

How Can I Get My Hens to Lay in their Nest Boxes?

Sometimes hens lay their eggs on the floor of the coop, which can be a problem because the eggs get soiled from their manure, and the eggs are more likely to get cracked, broken, or stepped on. Hens will also … Continue reading

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How Warm Should I Keep my Baby Chicks?

When baby chicks hatch, they need additional warmth. Their body heat alone is not enough to keep them warm. Without additional heat, they can become chilled and stressed, and if it goes too long, they can become ill or die. … Continue reading

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Breaking a Hen of Broodiness

Usually, when one of our hens goes broody, we let her continue to set so that she can hatch and raise chicks.  Occasionally, though, a hen will go broody at the wrong time. Maybe we don’t have space for her … 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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How to Introduce New Chickens into Your Flock, Questions and Answers

1. How old should the chickens be when I introduce them into the main flock?

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How to Introduce New Chickens into your Flock, part 3

Below are some tips to make it as painless as possible to introduce new chickens to your existing flock. With these tips, you may still see some aggression, but hopefully it will be minimal. Side by Side

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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 many Chickens are in your Flock?

Take our poll on Facebook and find out how many chickens people have in their flocks.  The poll asks how many chickens are in your flock and shows the results of how others have answered the question. To participate and … Continue reading

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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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Information About Salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia recently asked us to distribute a brochure about Salmonella and handling of chicks and ducklings. We are glad to do this as a public service to all of our customers. If … Continue reading

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