Category Archives: Raising Chickens
Introduction The age at which your hens will begin to lay depends on their breed type. Hybrids are the earliest birds to start laying, starting about 1 month earlier than non-hybrids. Non-hybrids, which include our rare and heritage breeds, typically … Continue reading
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
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
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.
1. How old should the chickens be when I introduce them into the main flock?
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
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
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
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