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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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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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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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Jump Start with Started Pullets

Jump Start with Started Pullets When you first catch the “chicken bug” and start looking around the internet for chicken information, one of the more confusing terms you will inevitably run across is the term “started pullet.” A pullet is basically a feathered-out juvenile female chicken that isn’t yet old enough to lay. A “started” …

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