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  1. Chicken Breeds Part Two: Rare Birds

    In my last article about chicken breeds, I highlighted some rare and common breeds, but with part two of this piece, this is a good time to shine light on some chickens you may have heard of before. These are chickens that are sold on the market, or are found in other countries. And because of their rare stature in North America, they may not make the best meat sources, since they can be fairly expensive on the market. Instead, they would make good trophy and pet birds rather than as your...
  2. Chicken Foot Care: Bumblefoot

    If checking your chickens' feet for issues is not part of your care regime, incorporating a foot check in your routine is a good idea for the early detection and care of conditions such as Bumblefoot (plantar pododermatitis). Caused by a bacterial infection or abscess, bumblefoot causes the formation of "bumbles" or lesions on the feet of chickens. This can be quite painful for your chickens in addition to being difficult to treat and eradicate. It is acquired when a foot is injured, such as...
  3. Chicken Life Spans: How Will You Handle the End?

    Every living thing that walks this earth at some point will cease to do so, with chickens being no exception. The time will simply come when their bodies begin to fail and they pass on to the next world. In some cases, accidents or illness may take them prematurely, but ideally our chickens will live out their days in avoidance of such hazards. Photo: Roy's Farm If a chicken is allowed to live to the end of its natural life, without plans for culling, how long will that life be? As a...
  4. Chicken Recall Resource

    Chicken has been in the news a lot lately. In fact, it has been in the news far too much for all the wrong reasons. Contamination by cockroaches and anti-biotic resistant salmonella are just a couple of things that come to mind. These events are scary and troublesome and have resulted in recalls. While it is great that companies do take steps to recall tainted items, a recall is only as good as its reach. Not only do people need to have not already consumed the recalled products, but they...
  5. Chicken Rentals

    As backyard chickening gains popularity, some people are met with the reality that they have perhaps bitten off more than they can chew. As this realization is made, people get out of chickening even faster than they got in, discarding their chickens at animal shelters or rescues to free themselves of what they found to be a surprising burden. This is very unfortunate for the uprooted chickens, not only to be forced to leave the home to which they are accustomed but also to leave their...
  6. Chicken Saddles

    An interesting item that you may or may not currently have on hand is a chicken saddle. This is not a literal saddle, of course, but instead more of a cloth pad that is intended to cover the back of your chicken. Chicken saddles, also referred to as aprons, attach with straps and are useful both in the case of caring for injuries and preventing them from occurring in the first place. The main reason you may wish to use a chicken saddle is to prevent injury to your hens during mating. When a...
  7. Chicken Socialization

    It is important to take the time to socialize young chicks so they become good citizens. Having animals that are well-socialized means that if you have visitors, it will be safe for them to move about your yard and property without worry that a chicken might come after them or cause a ruckus. Socialization is also useful when it comes to providing care; if a socialized chicken were to become injured, that bird would be much easier for you to collect and treat than a bird that is not...
  8. Chicken Sweaters

    You may wonder why chickens should wear sweaters, but I implore you to ask instead, why not? Who said chickens were too good for stylish winter clothing? Dogs wear t-shirts. Horses wear blankets. Chickens should not be out in the cold, feeling left out. What chickens should be is clothed in sweaters! This chicken obviously could benefit from a sweater. Chicken sweaters actually do have a purpose other than making you look like an insane person who likes putting clothing on poultry. It is...
  9. Chicken Swings!

    Birds, as a species, have a tendency to perch. Regardless of the type of bird, they all seem to do the same thing, that being sit on a tree limb, ladder rung, railing or other type of similar surface. Hens are generally provided with nesting boxes where they can have a seat, but you can expand on that and give them other places to sit that can offer them a bit more fun and excitement. One such idea is to try out a chicken swing! That may sound bizarre, but those who have tried it have...
  10. Chicken Toys and Other Entertainment

    Just like us, chickens get bored and need entertainment. It is common to see people using food as a boredom buster for chickens, such as a hanging head of cabbage or some other food item that swings and takes a little bit of work to access. While food is a good stimulant to a degree, too much food can lead to obesity, which can then lead to death in chickens. This brings with it a need for us to find other ways to keep our chickens entertained so their boredom does not lead to them getting...
  11. Chickens & Aerial Predators

    Chickens, unfortunately, have many natural predators that travel by air. These predators seek prey during the day (in the case of hawks) as well as during the night (such as owls). Aerial attacks are tough to prevent and birds of prey can decimate a flock over a very short period of time. While these predators can be stopped by a well-made coop, keeping chickens cooped up prevents free ranging. If you want your chickens to be able to free range safely, there are a few preventative measures...
  12. Chinese Chicken Outrage

    Get Ready To Eat Bad Chicken I have read of China lobbying to get USDA approval to import their Chinese grown and processed chickens to America. This is bad but do not take my word for it. Just read this quote from Long Island News.com to see why this would put our entire country at risk. China has been home to a number of serious food safety concerns. In March, thousands of dead pigs were found floating in a river in China that supplies drinking water. The incident occurred after a large...
  13. Choosing Coop Bedding

    Having bedding in the coop that works for both you and your chickens can make housing them comfortably just that much easier. While the natural inclination may be to go with the most inexpensive and easy to clean up options, there is more to consider than those things alone when choosing bedding. For example, you want something that will go the distance and be pleasant for your chickens without causing any harm to their health. With various coop bedding coop criteria in mind, there are a...
  14. Clipping Wings

    Heated debate often follows when it comes to the issue of cutting chicken feathers. If you're going to keep backyard chickens, clipping their wings will be essential; however, this will not harm the bird, and the creature will not feel any pain. This not only prevents them from flying over your fence, but it keeps them out of danger from predators, getting lost, or being hit by cars. But you can avoid clipping their wings by constructing a roof over their living quarters, or by placing...
  15. Coping with Coccidiosis

    There is nothing more frustrating that having illness and health issues arise when you are making a diligent effort at coop cleanliness and proper chicken care. The simple fact that there are some illnesses beyond your control can be discouraging. While you may never have to face such issues, the possibility still remains that something such as coccidiosis will rear its ugly head. Coccidia (or Cocci for short) is an intestinal ailment for which parasites are responsible. These parasites,...
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