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  1. Winter Management for Chickens

    According to experts, chickens are able to withstand quite cold temperatures, and they will only start suffering cold when the temperature drops to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, inside their coop. However, dampness inside the coop will cause discomfort much earlier. Secondly, you also need to consider if your chickens have become tough by habitual exposure to the cold. If you have been using heat lamps when they are not actually required, your chickens might not be able to manage the extra...
  2. The Wild Chickens of Kauai

    If you\'ve ever been to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, chances are good that you got to meet, or at least hear, the self-appointed avian mascot of the island. Although the state bird of Hawaii is the Nene, or Hawaiian Goose, it is joked that the true state bird, at least on Kauai, is the wild chicken. No matter where you go, wild chickens are a common sight. They are reputed to be bold in their actions and fearless of mankind, ambushing tourists who tread too closely to chicks and stealing...
  3. Introducing & Socializing Chickens

    Like many other species of animals that roam this earth, chickens have a certain order amongst them that determines who is in charge, who is accepted, and who is not accepted. This 'pecking order' is what governs behavior of one chicken towards another or a several others. Because of this, introducing new chickens to your flock requires diligence and can be a little tricky at times. When it comes time to introduce chicks to your flock, be prepared for unfavorable reactions from established...
  4. Rose-Colored Chicken Glasses

    Many moons ago it was thought that chickens incorrectly needed to be outfitted with rose-colored glasses. The reason for this was to prevent chicken cannibalism, as the sight of blood on a chicken caused a violent, aggressive reaction in other chickens who saw that blood. In response to seeing blood, other chickens would peck at the bleeding chicken, often until dead, which caused a large casualty rate amongst flocks. Because of this, farmers sought to prevent chickens from being able to see...
  5. Dangers of Raw Chicken

    We know that pathogens like E-coli and Salmonella thrive on raw chicken meat, but according to a recent study, harmful bacteria are more prevalent than previously thought. Consumer Reports collected 316 samples of chicken meat across the nation to find that 97 percent of these products contain microbes in conventional and organic brands. The meat was collected from 26 states stores of many types. And some of the most common bacteria found included campylobacter, Salmonella, and...
  6. Beautiful & Black: The Ayam Cemani

    Our nature as human beings is to want for that which is interesting to us. For some that means wanting to have chickens while for others that means wanting to have specific chickens, rare chickens, exotic chickens. It is much like seeing someone with a fancy pair of shoes and wanting some for yourself; if you see a fancy chicken, you just might want to add one to your flock. Possibly one of the most interesting chickens in the world is an all-black chicken that originated in Java, Indonesia....
  7. Lead in Backyard Eggs

    Lead in chicken eggs has been a hot topic in the news lately, apparently becoming the newest topic over which mass hysteria must be created. Despite the annoyance of having one more reason for people to object to backyard chickening, there is some validity to the lead-in-eggs argument. Whether or not that validity is enough to affect your methods and means and result in change is up to each individual, but if you have or fear a lead problem, there are options for making it less of one. In...
  8. 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...
  9. Free Range VS Commercial Chickening

    If you raise chickens at home, odds are good that you are a believer in free ranging. By allowing your chickens to free range, you are letting them do what nature intended them to do-wander about eating bugs and other scraps they are able to run across. By giving your chickens a natural environment and natural sources of food, the positive effects are passed back to you when it comes to egg production. Free range eggs not only taste far better than store bought eggs, but also boast less...
  10. Cheery Chicks January Photo of the Month!

    CheeryChicks has donated their Package 1 to be given to the winner of the January photo of the month and now is your time to enter! By submitting your photo to the photo of the month thread you are automatically entered into the running to win this great prize and start your New Year with a great watering system from one the most reputable business in the chicken industry. To enter, please follow this link and submit your original photo. At the end of the month the thread will be closed and...
  11. Preventing Chicken Boredom

    It is winter. It is cold. There is snow on the ground in much of the United States. People are trapped inside and bored out of their minds, going more and more stir crazy with each (frozen) passing day. If we are experiencing this, then how are our chickens feeling? With many of them being restricted to their coops and unable to peck around outside, surely they, too, are feeling restless. What do we humans do when we are restless? We find something to occupy our time such as a book or a...
  12. 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...
  13. Foster Farms--Cockroaches AND Antioboitic Resistant Salmonella

    In addition to being used as a source of eggs, a lot of Americans eat chickens. For many that means purchasing chicken at a local grocer rather than raising their own. Because of this, those consumers are dependent upon the supposed following of rules and regulations set forth by the USDA. While the USDA eye is watchful, it may not be watchful enough, considering that Foster Farms had been found to have live cockroach contamination issues on the dates of September 14th, November 4th, and...
  14. The Tale of a Downtown Rooster

    A couple years ago in the sleepy town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, a band of roosters roamed the streets. Their names were different, depending on who you asked, but the general consensus was that they were named Malcom, Randy, and Carl, who was the most revered of the bunch. Malcom (AKA The General) was a Barred Rock while Randy and Carl were both Rhode Island Reds. Carl, being the most friendly and sociable of the bunch was dubbed, \"Carl the Downtown Rooster,\" and even had his own...
  15. 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...
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