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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Keeping Chickens in Your Backyard in a City

    Chicken are fun and productive pets, to have in your backyard, but certain cities have very strict rules, which prohibits having them. If you are living in a city and really love having these birds in your backyard then you need to check out if it is legal to have them. Cities such as Calgary, Detroit, and Iowa City do not allow them, and some cities will only allow them if you have a large property. The First Step Your first step would be to find out if keeping chickens in your backyard is...
  6. Keeping Your Coop Warm in Winter

    With many instances of chicken coop fires in the news recently, such as this one that caused $35,000 in damages, it is only natural to wonder whether or not adding additional heat sources to your coop is safe or necessary. No one wants to risk injury to their chickens by burns or fires, but how can you ensure that your chickens stay warm enough in the winter months? Heat lamps are commonly implored as warming devices, but they are also responsible for many of the fires reported every year,...
  7. Raising Mealworms

    When it comes to feeding chickens and keeping them healthy, you want to feed items that are both delicious and nutritious. Options for feeding chickens in the form of both regular meals as well as treats are plentiful, but having an option that is self-renewing is both convenient and easy on the bank account. Being low maintenance is also a plus. One edible item that meets all of these criteria is meal worms. Mealworms are the larval form of Tenebrio molitor, a species of darkling beetle,...
  8. Safe and Unsafe Chicken Treats

    It is a natural human inclination to want to make your animals happy, and one thing sure to make your animals happy is food. With holiday cooking upon us, it is likely that we will have atypical food items in our homes as well as leftovers to share with our furry and feathered friends. As much as your chickens will probably appreciate some extra as well as new and exciting snacks, be particular about what you give them as some food items can do more harm than good. Something to remember,...
  9. 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...
  10. Avoiding Salmonella

    Baby chicks are cute, possibly even irresistible. You just want to pick them up and hold them close. If you, as an adult, are drawn to the fuzzy little cheepers, imagine how children feel. Put a kid near a pen filled with baby chickens and it is instantly open season for petting and touching. In fact, a local feed store near me does this every year, and every year they nearly have to pluck curious kids out of the holding pens for chicks, ducklings, and goslings. Cute though chicks are, and...
  11. Therapy Chickens

    At some point in our lives, we have all seen a service animal. While typically these animals are dogs, the service animal field is non-descriminate and accepting applications from other species. This has led to miniature horses, cats, monkeys, and even chickens stepping up to fill the need for emotional comfort animals, animals that people with disabilities have every right to have. Take, for instance, the case of a 3-year-old autistic boy named J.J. Hart. The City Council in DeBary, FL,...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Listen To Your Chickens

    Chickens very well may be the best watch animals of all time. They will certainly let you know very loudly when something is amiss. Many nights I had to sneak into the house and walk the dog in an area away from the chickens after a late night at work or else they would wake everyone with news of what I was doing. They would start off slow but rapidly gain momentum if I did not heed the first few calls and get my rear end in the house where they decided it belonged in the wee hours. However,...
  15. 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...
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