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Itchin' Chickens: Mites and Lice
Missing Hen = Surprise Chicks
Missing Hen = Surprise Chicks
In recent times, we've discussed eggs not being where they are expected or supposed to be. Also mentioned were hens that liked to lay 'outside of the box.' This can be troubling if you do not intend to hatch eggs and some ...
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Discouraging an Egg Eater
Discouraging an Egg Eater
Even though it may seem unlikely, there are some chickens who will take to eating eggs. Upon discovering how delicious and nutritious eggs are, stopping an egg-eater can be rather difficult. Worse yet is that this is a be ...
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Slow to Grow Jersey Giants
Slow to Grow Jersey Giants
In the 1880's, two brothers from New Jersey decided to put their heads together for the creation of a large breed of chicken that would sell well at meat markets. John and Thomas Black undertook this mission armed with br ...
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Deterring Hawks with Fishing Line
Deterring Hawks with Fishing Line
At a time of year when so many of us have chicks to protect, hawk attacks are even higher than usual on our list of concerns. While the chicks are safe in the brooder, the concern of a hawk attack may only be lurking in t ...
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The Barred Plymouth Rock
The Barred Plymouth Rock
One of the most highly regarded breeds of chicken you will see today is the Barred Plymouth Rock, which is named for its feather pattern which includes alternating bars of black and white. Not only is this breed a dual-pu ...
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Understanding Heritage Breeds
Understanding Heritage Breeds
From time to time you may hear of certain chicken breeds being referred to as a Heritage Breed. What exactly does that mean? How does a breed come to be deemed a Heritage Breed?For quite some time chickens have been on the ...
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Pest Police: Chickens and Bug Control
Pest Police: Chickens and Bug Control
A popular selling point when it comes to owning chickens is the pest control they provide. Through their daily routine of moving about and scratching for food, chickens are actually doing us a great service. This is becau ...
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Decreased Egg Production
Decreased Egg Production
When you go out to collect eggs in the morning, chances are a feeling of elation overcomes you at each egg found. Knowledge that your hens are happy and healthy is reinforced by each egg you come across. If there are few ...
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Pullets & First Time Egg Laying
Pullets & First Time Egg Laying
As your pullets grow, you may be eagerly awaiting the day they will lay their first egg. Watching for signs of imminent egg laying is sure to be exciting, but what specifically signals that an egg is near? The time when a ...
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Preventing Obesity in Chickens
Preventing Obesity in Chickens
We've all heard the term 'kill them with kindness.' While this term has several meanings, one in particular is troublesome when it comes to chicken care. A way in which we might kill our chickens with kindness is through ...
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