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Raising Chickens

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Perks of Fall Flock-Building

We all know the battle cry that happens every year: “Spring Chicks Are Here!” Raising a spring hatch of little chicks has its benefits, namely, *loads* of hens laying eggs and warmer weather in which to grow up. But in much of the U.S. there is actually plenty of time on the calendar for September …

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Relieving Heat Stress For Your Flock

Summer – it may take a while to arrive sometimes, but once those high temperatures set in, there’s no doubt that summertime is the right time to be more diligent about preventing or relieving heat stress for your poultry. Here is a quick list of ways we can help our feathered friends in the backyard …

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Quick Tips: Planning Nest Boxes

If you’ve decided to raise chickens for eggs, nesting boxes will be an important part of your coop and run planning. Here’s a quick fact list to help you set your chickens up to be successful layers! Security. Oddly, security means something slightly different to your hens than it means to you. Think back to …

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What’s A Nest Box?

If you’re planning to raise chickens for egg-laying purposes, you’re eventually going to have to figure out the answer to the question, “what’s a nest box?” Notice that we said “figure out the answer” not “learn the answer.” There really isn’t one answer to this question because different chickens, and different chicken farmers, have different …

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Marek’s Disease and Vaccination

Mareks disease is a viral infection that can affect both commercial and backyard poultry flocks. The virus is highly contagious and can cause significant losses in infected flocks. While there is no cure for Marek’s disease, there are some measures you can take to protect your flock from the virus. This article will summarize Marek’s …

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Quick Tips: Feed Types & Labels

Though they are sometimes upside-down on the bag, all commercially available farm animal feed bags have nutritional labels on them. This will help you make informed decisions about what to feed your poultry based on factors like type of poultry, their age, and your preferences for food sources. 28% Protein Medicated Turkey Chick Starter Chick …

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Quick Tips: Stopping Egg-Eaters

Stopping Egg Eaters! If you’ve discovered that you have an egg-eater, here are a few things you can try to break the habit. Collect eggs more frequently throughout the day : Some hens will peck at eggs out of curiosity or to “make room” for their own eggs. It’s also possible that a larger, heavier hen …

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Backyard Chickens for Self Sufficiency

Backyard Chickens for Self Sufficiency: We didn’t realize how dependent we are on markets and shops until the beginning of 2020, when a global pandemic caught the entire world off guard. The basic supplies like food and hygiene products suddenly became unavailable or challenging to find. Even if the markets have a full assortment to …

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