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  1. 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...
  2. Dust Bathing

    When it comes to chicken bathing, they do not rely on Calgon to take them away. Instead, their preferred method of bathing is to wallow in loose dirt. This is known as a dust bath and is the way chickens keep themselves clean and free of parasites such as lice and mites. By coating their skin and feathers in dust, chickens make their bodies less favorable places for parasites to live and feed. Dust bathing is a practice that should be encouraged, and you can do this by creating an area for...
  3. Would You Eat a Fake Egg?

    The incredible, edible egg...we grew up eating eggs for breakfast as did our parents and grandparents before us as well as our children after us. Deliciously rich cakes were made with eggs. Eggs were deviled. I even put an egg in hamburger meat before cooking it. Where would we be without the egg? That is a question that could soon see an answer. For quite some time there have been complaints regarding the treatment of egg laying hens in commercial facilities. The battery cages in which hens...
  4. Salmonella--Coming to a School Near You?

    Two news stories in one week about salmonella outbreaks...wow. First it was Foster Farms, which was shut down due to cock roaches and antibiotic resistant salmonella and this time it is Tyson, who has recalled 34,000lbs of tainted chicken. The Foster Farms chicken made more than 400 people sick and the Tyson outbreak has made seven people ill so far. Foster Farms has since re-opened; it was closed on Wednesday and allowed to open the following Saturday, which is a short time to rectify a...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  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. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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....
  15. 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...
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