Sep 182014
 
Free Chicken Coop Plans

Free Chicken Coop Plans Let’s face it.   The biggest start up expense if you want to start raising backyard chickens is buying or building the chicken coop. Cheap Chicken Coops You don’t have to spend a lot of money to build a great chicken coop.  Keep in mind, the more chickens you have, the […]

Aug 202014
 
Hens That Lay Blue Colored Eggs

Hens That Lay Blue Colored Eggs Chicken keeping is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds and it’s not unusual these days to find out that your neighbors have a few hens.  One of the fun things about chickens is that they don’t all lay the while eggs that we commonly find in the grocery […]

Aug 202014
 
Formex Snap Lock Large Chicken Coop Backyard Hen House

Formex Snap Lock Large Chicken Coop Backyard Hen House If you have or are planning to get chickens, one of the basic requirements is a chicken coop and chicken run to keep them in.  Chickens require very little but they do need a sturdy, predator proof house and run as well as food and water. […]

Aug 182014
 
Chicken Coop Security - How To Keep Your Flock Safe

Chicken Coop Security   My non chicken coop friends kind of chuckle at me good naturedly when I talk about the lengths that I have gone to keep my chickens safe from chicken predators. These non chicken people love to watch my chickens run around my back yard and they certainly enjoy the fresh eggs […]

Aug 112014
 
Buy A Chicken Coop Online

Buy A Chicken Coop Online Raising chickens in  your backyard can be a fun and exciting venture.  I have been keeping chickens in my yard for years now and I still get a thrill every year when the new chicks start arriving.  They are just so darn cute!  All of my chicken coops to date […]

Jul 072014
 
Do Chickens Make Their Own Nests?

Do Chickens Make Their Own Nests?  I have been asked this question many times.  Chickens DO NOT make their own nests like other birds do.  Wild birds will gather materials like twigs, twine, fabric, grasses, mud etc. and will actually construct a nest in a tree or a corner of a building or any other […]

Jun 262014
 
How To Build A Chicken Coop Cheaply

How To Build A Chicken Coop Cheaply   I am assuming you are here because you need to a chicken coop and you are trying to figure out how to build a chicken coop cheaply. Anyone who has gone online and looked at chicken coops knows right away that they are not cheap.  And, quite […]

Jun 232014
 
Build A Raccoon Proof Chicken Coop

Build A Raccoon Proof Chicken Coop This post is very timely and unfortunately too late for a friend of mine who just lost 6 of her chicks to a raccoon last night.  We spent several hours yesterday re-enforcing her chicken coop and failed to consider the flimsy, cheap and completely un-secure latches on the doors. […]

Jun 172014
 
Caring For Backyard Chickens When It Is Hot

  Chicken Care In The Summer It is mid June here in Kentucky and the temperature is expected to soar into the mid 90’s this week.  Most of us humans can retreat to our air conditioned homes to get out of the heat.  But what about caring for backyard chickens when it is hot? While […]

Jul 312013
 
Best Backyard Chicken Breeds

Best Backyard Chicken Breeds Picking the best backyard chicken breeds can be difficult to do.  Many first time chicken owners are surprised and overwhelmed when they look through a chicken catalogue for the very first time. Anyone that has ever looked through a catalogue knows that there are hundreds of different types of chicken breeds […]

Jul 292013
 
How To Chicken Farm In Your Backyard

How To Chicken Farm In Your Backyard   Learning how to chicken farm is not difficult.  You do not need to own a hundred acres of land and have millions of dollars to invest if you decide to look into how to chicken farm.  There are many families, just like yours that decide to buy […]

Jul 232013
 
Predator Protection - Chicken Coop Predators

Predator Protection – Chicken Coop Predators Predator protection from chicken coop predators is imperative as your backyard chickens could end up as dinner to any number of predators roaming around your property looking for an easy meal.  It is not something that any of us want to think about but there are many chicken coop predators that […]

Jul 192013
 
Building A Chicken Coop

Building A Chicken Coop   Building a chicken coop will be one of the best decisions you’ll make in your life.  A chicken coop is a necessity because it will allow you to provide safe, secure  housing for your hens so that they can get on with the business of laying daily fresh organic eggs for the kitchen. All […]

Jul 172013
 
Consider Raising Bantam Chickens

Poultry – Consider Raising Bantam Chickens Raising bantam chickens is something you consider if you are thinking about keeping a flock of chickens in your backyard.  They are one of the best backyard chicken breeds to raise if you want to raise chickens that are smaller in size. Size Matters With Backyard Chickens The great thing […]

Jun 192013
 
Chickens - A Cautionary Tale About Chick Care and Chicken Coop Kits

Chick Care Once upon a time, a family walked into a local Tractor Supply and heard the musical sound of chicks chirping. Like millions of people before them, they were filled with wonder at the site of row after row of shiny metal water troughs filled with chicks of many different breeds and colors. The […]

Jun 192013
 
Worming Chickens - Do You Need To Worm Backyard Chickens?

 Worming Chickens – Do You Need To Worm Backyard Chickens? Worming chickens is not a pleasant topic to discus but it is necessary.  I have my chicken flock on a regular worming schedule but apparently, not everyone realizes the importance of regularly worming chickens. There are 6 different types of worms that can be found […]

Oct 042012
 
Chicken Hatchery - What Is A Chicken Hatchery?

Chicken Hatchery – What Is A Chicken Hatchery? The word “Chicken Hatchery” is bandied around a lot but I have found that not everyone knows what that is.  A chicken hatchery is a company that hatches chicks in incubators in large numbers to sell to the public.   Chicken hatcheries are big business in the United States […]

Aug 152012
 
How To Introduce New Chicks To Your Chicken Flock

  Introduce New Chicks To Your Chicken Flock I have been asked how to introduce new chicks to your chicken flock a few times.  If you look on the internet, anyone that has ever hand raised chicks will have a different opinion on how to introduce new chicks to an existing flock of chickens.  I […]

Jul 132012
 
Introducing New Chickens To The Existing Flock

Introducing New Chickens To The Existing Flock When I got my first batch of chicks, I never thought that I would be adding new chicks to the existing flock so quickly.  My first attempt at raising chicks was a disaster to say the least. I ended up having to get more baby chicks and they […]

Apr 262012
 
Quality Chicken Coops & Chicken Runs

Quality Chicken Coops & Chicken Runs  Quality chicken coops & chicken runs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices.  Whether you have a small chicken flock with just a few hens or a large chicken flock with dozens of hens, you can find a chicken coop that will fit your needs. Chicken coops can be […]

Mar 232012
 
Start Raising Backyard Chickens

Start Raising Backyard Chickens I was surfing the internet this morning and ran across a great article on how to start raising backyard chickens.  This article provides some excellent tips for anyone that is thinking about raising backyard chickens.  Check it out below. ======================================================================= by guest blogger Jean Nick, author and sustainability expert When I […]

Mar 212012
 
Chickens Have Been Identified As A Potential Cause Of UTI's.

I was online and ran across this interesting article making a connection between urinary tract infections and chickens.  Chickens are a huge part of the diets of Americans and this is something I had never heard of before.  Check out the article below: ——————————————————————————————————————– Chickens may be ultimately to blame for the majority of urinary […]

Mar 022012
 
Where Is The Best Place To Buy Chicks

Spring is around the corner and now is the best time of year to consider either start raising a backyard chicken flock or add to an existing backyard chicken flock. So, where is the best place to buy chicks?  My answer is “It depends on why you want to buy chicks”.  Are you starting a […]

Feb 292012
 
Problems Related To Raising Backyard Chickens - Rats

 Problems Related To Raising Backyard Chickens – Rats   Many people that have backyards chickens will have issues with mice or rats.  They can be a huge problem when you have any type of farm animal like backyard chickens, rabbits or even goats. Raising backyard chickens is not that complicated but the majority of people don’t […]

Feb 282012
 
Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Foodborne Illness Outbreaks I found this article online about chicks making kids sick.  It is very interesting and really emphasises the need for proper hygiene when handling chicks and chickens.  Raising backyard chickens is a lot of fun but you do need to be aware of the potential that they can make you sick. Always […]

Feb 262012
 
13 Frequently Asked Questions About Chickens

13 Frequently Asked Questions About Chickens Curious About Raising Backyard Chickens? 1. How long does a chicken usually live?  On average, your hens will live from 6 – 8 years but they can live up to 10 years. Egg production slows and eventually stops as they get older. 2. How long does it take for an egg to hatch? 21 days […]

Feb 142012
 
Installing Chicken Fencing - Tips

Installing Chicken Fencing – Tips   Installing chicken fencing is pretty straightforward and there are plenty of how-to guides online.  Anyone that is handy should have no trouble designing a chicken run and installing the fencing.  But there are several things that you need to remember as you are installing your chicken fence. There are 3 main […]

Feb 132012
 
Chicken Fencing Basics

Chicken Fencing Basics Keeping chickens in your backyard is so much fun.  While they are cute and make great pets, they have zero ability to protect themselves. Installing the correct type of chicken fencing is ESSENTIAL if you want to keep your chickens alive. Chickens, while normally very hearty animals, are not able to protect […]

Feb 092012
 
How To Clip The Wings Of Your Chickens

How to Clip Chickens Wings Do your chickens “ignore” your chicken fencing and pretty much go where they want to? Are you worried that predators are going to kill your free ranging chickens that ignore their boundaries? Do you want to STOP your chickens from wandering off your property? One way to limit your flock’s […]

Feb 082012
 
Introducing New Chicks To An Existing Flock Of Hens

How To Introduce New Chickens To An Existing Flock   I’ve seen this question asked in a lot of forums: “How do I introduce new chicks to an existing flock of hens?”.  My chickens free range in a very large area.  My back yard and front yard are almost three acres so everyone has a lot […]

Aug 192011
 

How To Keep Your Chickens Cool Any weather extremes can be a challenge for any animals that have to live outside.   We all want our animals to be as comfortable as possible, but short of installing a heater for the winter and an air conditioner in the summer, sometimes there are limits to what […]

Mar 182011
 

It’s March here in Kentucky and one of my hens has gone broody.  I didn’t really want her to sit on eggs this early but she refused to budge.  Since the weather here is pretty warm, I ended up letting her keep four eggs to hatch.  One common problem that I have when my hens go broody is that the other […]

Oct 152010
 

Backyard chickens are usually pretty hale and hearty creatures.  But if you have your own flock of chickens, you may find that you have to deal with some chicken health issues from time to time.  Cannibalism in chickens is one of those problems that can crop up under certain conditions. Generally speaking, most chicken health issues […]

Oct 122010
 

Raising egg laying hens is a great family project that everyone in can enjoy. Most people keep hens in their backyard for the fresh eggs they provide.  Chicken egg laying problems can be very upsetting for families that depend on their eggs. But it is a fact that if you are going to keep chickens, […]

Oct 112010
 

Have you ever wanted to move to the country and become more self sufficient? If so, you are not alone. More and more people are choosing to move out to a more rural setting and acquire some land.

Oct 112010
 
Natural Or Herbal Chicken Parasite Remedies

Keeping backyard chickens is very popular these days. Chickens are easy to keep, even in a small area and the eggs and meat you get from them taste wonderful. Anyone that is keeping backyard chickens needs to be aware that internal parasites can be a real problem. Many people prefer to try a natural or herbal chicken parasite remedy before they move to the harsher chemical wormers.

Oct 082010
 

The sustainable living movement is gaining momentum across the country but it is not something new or unique.  Sustainable living is something that many people are picking up for a lot of reasons. If you are lucky enough, you had grandparents that raised their own food and maybe even had a cow for milk.  Many young children these days […]

Oct 062010
 
Parasitic Worms - How Do You Get Rid Of Parasitic Worms In Chickens?

Parasitic worms in chickens are more common than most chicken owners know. It is very easy for your chickens to pick up parasitic worms on the ground. These eggs then grow into adult worms inside them.

Oct 062010
 
Parasitic Worms - How Do Your Chickens Get Parasitic Worms?

  Parasites in backyard chickens are very common and it is very easy for chickens to pick up parasitic worms.  The popularity of poultry keeping is on the rise these days and many beginner chicken owners have no idea that they have to worm their birds regularly.  How can your chickens get parasitic worms? If […]

Oct 042010
 
Caring For Egg Laying Hens

Your cute baby chicks are now almost full sized pullets that are starting to lay their first eggs. So how do you go about caring for egg laying hens to ensure that they are happy and healthy egg laying hens.

Oct 042010
 
Two Common Chicken Parasites

There are a number of chicken health problems that can crop up seemingly overnight. Common chicken health problems include chicken fleas and mites which can suck the life out of your chickens. Many people commonly misdiagnose the two.

Sep 132010
 
Chicken Coop Blueprints

Raising backyard chickens has become more and more popular these days. With the recent salmonella scares, chicken eggs being contaminated and thousands of people getting sick, it’s no wonder raising chickens has become so popular. If you are considering raising chickens, then you will need to know where you can find the best chicken coop blueprints.

Aug 242010
 
Worried about bad eggs? How to buy the healthiest ones

What ‘free-range,’ ‘cage-free,’ ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ truly mean. Are they really safer? In the wake of the nationwide recall of eggs for contamination with salmonella, many consumers may be wondering what types of eggs are healthiest and safest to buy? More than 90 percent of U.S. eggs come from caged hens. These birds have a […]

Aug 242010
 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner on Monday said there may be more recalls of eggs in the salmonella outbreak and the agency did not yet know how the eggs and chickens were contaminated.


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