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Guide to Brooding Chicks

Poultry and game bird producers realize that chicks must be kept warm or brooded during the first weeks of life. Surprisingly, improper brooding is one of the most common causes of stress in poultry flocks. Three basic methods are used to brood chicks. The chicks have localized heat source and access to a cooler, unheated […]

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A Guide to Culling Your Backyard Chickens

As you’re raise your  backyard chickens, you will notice differences among them. For example, you will notice that some hens don’t lay as much as others, or don’t even lay at all! Or, if you’re raising meat birds, some won’t grow nearly as fast as their coop companions. That’s where culling comes into play. There […]

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General Tips for Raising Chickens

By K. J. Theodore of ShagbarkBantams.com Many of you older fanciers will remember one of my favorite TV programs from the past called Quincy, but for the younger audience, Dr. Quincy was a coroner. This column will be dedicated to keeping you from needing one. (In the poultry world, Dr. Quincy would have been known […]

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Introduction to Breeding Chickens

Some backyard chicken hobbyists enjoy breeding their chickens instead of buying new batches of chicks from a hatchery or feed store. Other hobbyists do it just for fun and to help create a flock of chickens that has all the appearances and traits that they personally enjoy. Whatever your reasons for breeding chickens, this introduction […]

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Protecting Your Chickens From Predators

Chicken drumsticks. Chicken breasts. Chicken wings. Your flock of backyard chickens, clucking happily in their chicken coop, looks like a roaming buffet to a wide range of different poultry predators. Common predators who would love to take a sample taste of your hens include raccoons, snakes, weasels, rats and hawks. Even in suburbia, your chickens […]

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Feeding Chickens Supplements

Humans take daily vitamin supplements. Just like you, your backyard chickens may need vitamin and mineral feed supplements too! Common feed supplements include calcium, grit, phosphorus, and salt, not including some vitamins. The following is a list of a few chicken feed supplements that are readily available to small-scale poultry farmers and backyard chicken hobbyists. […]

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A Guide to Getting Rid of Chicken Mites

by K.J. Theodore of shagbarkbatnams.com You mite want to check it out! Your chickens’ bottoms that is — you know, the area where the egg comes out in a hen and the area on the roo where he can make that same egg fertile. If the area appears dark in color and seems to be moving […]

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A Guide to Raising Chickens*

Whoops, looks like this page has been moved in an effort to make poultryOne.com an even better resource for backyard hobbyists just like you! We’re always looking for ways to improve and to answer any questions you may have about raising chickens. Let us know what you think, and meet other like-minded hobbyists, at payday […]

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All About Chicken Eggs

Which came first: The chicken, or the egg? This question has long perplexed both backyard chicken hobbyists and the lay philosopher. Although we don’t have any answers to this philosophical question, we can crack (pun intended) a few attempts at answering five of the most common questions people often have about chicken eggs. You’ll discover […]

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How to Vaccinate Your Chickens for Marek’s Disease

by K.J. Theodore OK, I give. I finally put together an article exclusively for those of you who would like to learn how to vaccinate your chicks for Marek’s Disease. First, as indicated in my article on Marek’s Disease, the sooner you vaccinate your chicks, the more effective the vaccine will be. This is because […]

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