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  1. Living with Scissor Beak

    Every now and then you may come across a chicken with a beak that does not align perfectly. This abnormal alignment is known as Scissor Beak, or Crossed Beak, and is a condition that exists when the top and bottom of a chicken's beak to not meet as they should. The cause of this could be an inability to properly wear beaks by honing on hard surfaces, injury, or most likely genetics. It may not initially appear upon hatching that a chicken will ultimately have such a problem, but unless it is...
  2. 5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Breed

    When it comes time to decide on which type(s) of chicken you would like in your flock, narrowing it down can be quite difficult. With so many beautiful breeds with great personalities, choosing just one breed (or several breeds) is not the simplest thing to do. It is easy to determine the basic qualities you want in a chicken but beyond that the line starts to blur. If you find yourself browsing chicken breeds and accumulating a ridiculously long list, here are a few things to consider to...
  3. Keeping Track of Feed in the Event of a Recall

    In recent years, feed recalls have been a huge problem. Regardless of the animals you have, chances are you have been affected, or were nearly affected, by a recall. It is always scary when the news of a feed recall starts making rounds because it is natural to immediately fear the worst. Even if the feed you use is not tainted, it is hard not to think about the \'what if\' and worry about the price you and your animals will pay if recalled feed has been consumed. Lots of times, recalls are...
  4. An Egg Has Been Laid & We Shall Sing!

    Have you ever noticed that your hens seem to relish in the laying of an egg? It is almost as if they beam with pride having done so, celebrating their fabulous creation. Part of this sense of accomplishment includes breaking out in conversation and sharing the news of an egg laid with anyone in the world who will listen, be it willingly or not. If you own chickens, you are probably all too familiar with such morning egg announcements. Sometimes they are truly music to our ears and at other...
  5. Enter The Cheery Chicks Giveaway!

    CheeryChicks.com has donated one if their CK2 waterers to be given away here on Chicken Forum and it's time to get entered! Follow this link now for complete rules and entry: [URL]http://www.chickenforum.com/f10/cheery-chicks-ck2-chicken-kooler-giveaway-7892/[/URL] I personally own one of these watering systems and love it. As you can see from the photo above mine is well used and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a watering system for their flock.
  6. Options for Extra Roosters

    If you've ever attempted to sex a chicken, you probably understand how difficult it can be. Regardless of the method you try, it takes a really keen eye to be able to tell the difference amongst cockerels and pullets. Even if you buy from a breeder, there is the possibility that they, too, will sometimes make a mistake. Best intentions aside, sexing chicks is tough, and sometimes you wind up with a cockerel when there is only room in your coop for pullets. Then what? Since having more than...
  7. Eggs of a Different Color

    Do you remember the first time you saw eggs in a color other than white? For those who grew up on a farm with chickens, chances are you may not recall a day when you didn't see multicolored eggs. Others, however, may not have known egg color variations to exist until later in life. I fall into the latter category. When I was 8 years old, I spent the night with a friend who lived in the country. Her family raised chickens and for breakfast the following morning, we cracked big, brown eggs. I...
  8. 3 Normal Types of Chicken Poop

    Part of proper chicken care includes being able to spot when something is wrong. This can mean being observant on several levels, from watching your chickens\' eating habits to monitoring their behavior. Another indicator of health problems in chicken is the state of their feces. Being able to tell the difference between what is normal and what is not can aid in the detection of illness, as abnormal poop is often a sign that disease or illness could be present and needs to be addressed....
  9. The Lakenvelder Chicken

    The Lakenvelder breed of chicken is a Dutch breed that came to be in Germany, having been historically tied to the town of Lakenvelt. They first appeared in poultry shows in West Hanover around the year 1835 but were written about by a Dutch painter dating back as far as 1727. This painter, named Van Gink, wrote that the birds were in fact found in the town of Lakenvelt. By the 1860\'s the breed had become popular in Westfalen before moving on to England and America in the early 1900\'s. The...
  10. 9 Comb Types Recognized by the American Poultry Association

    One of the most noticeable parts of a chicken is the comb. One purpose served by the comb is to regulate the body heat of chickens and variations in comb styles exist largely based on the place of origin of different breeds. For example, combs on chicken breeds from warm climates will be larger than breeds that are native to cold climates. Having a small comb if you are a cold climate bird is also useful in the fight against frostbite as there is less comb present to become frostbitten....
  11. Feeding Egg & Oyster Shells for Calcium

    One thing we can all agree upon is the importance of calcium in the diet of chickens, especially hens of egg laying age. While there are different ways to provide calciums, there have been historical debates as to what works and what does not, and why you should avoid certain methods. Here today I will be sharing what works for us. Even though it may not be a technique embraced by all, we can all learn from one another if we are willing to keep an open mind. Since calcium is required for...
  12. Independent Chickens: The Appenzeller Spithauben

    The national chicken breed of Switzerland is an unusual looking specimen referred to as the Appenzeller Spithauben. Although not much history is available on the bird, it is said to have originated in the Swiss Alps, possibly out of a cross of breeds such as the Crvecoeur, Brabanter, and La Flche. They were initially bred in the 15th century with the purpose of being able to survive the harsh elements present in the mountainous terrain they knew to be thier home. It was in this area that...
  13. DIY Drinking Bottle Chicken Waterer

    Do you and your family drink soda or other bottled drinks? If so, what do you do with the empty two liter bottles? Recycling and repurposing bottles is a popular choice, but there are more ways to do so than taking them down to the nearest recycling center or out to the curb should curbside service be available in your area. Believe it or not, used plastic bottles can serve a purpose in your coop. There are a lot of different chicken waterers on the market these days. A widely seen option...
  14. Handling Cases of Pasty Butt

    When chicks are raised by a mother hen, the hen does a lot of the dirty work necessary to raise her babies. Part of the care a mother hen provides is tending to the cloacal vent to keep it clear. As a result of mom\'s loving care, issues such as pasty butt are less likely to occur. When you are raising chicks in the absence of their mother, being responsible for such care then falls on you. Spending your time looking at chick butts for signs of clogged vents will soon become a normal part of...
  15. Springtime is Snake Time

    As the weather starts to warm up, it will not be long before all sorts of creepy, crawly, and slithery things emerge from their winter hiding spots. It is the slithery thing in particular that are of great concern to chicken owners. Not only will snakes eat eggs and young chicks, but a large enough snake can take down an adult bird as well. Thanks to the exotic pet trade gone bad, pythons are breeding in the wild and as a result, small animals are disappearing at an alarming rate. When it...
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