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Archive for the ‘Poultry’ Category

Summer Flock Care: How to Keep Chickens Cool

Summer Flock Care: How to Keep Chickens Cool! Summer is a time for fun, adventure and excitement – for both backyard chicken raisers and their flocks. To keep birds cool in the summertime, provide fresh, cool water for hydration, maintain chicken ...

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How Do Chickens Lay Eggs? Understanding Your Egg-Laying Chickens

How Do Chickens Lay Eggs? Understanding Your Egg-Laying Chickens: Egg-laying chickens lay up to one egg per day at their peak. But how do chickens lay eggs? And how often do chickens lay eggs? The process takes 24 – 26 hours per egg. ...

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How to Switch to a Chicken Layer Feed

How to Switch to a Chicken Layer Feed: Switch laying hens to a complete chicken layer feed when they start laying eggs around 18 weeks of age. Choose a complete layer feed that includes all the essential nutrients laying hens need ...

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Got Ticks? Chickens Might be the Best Way to Get Rid of Ticks

Got Ticks? Chickens Might be the Best Way to Get Rid of Ticks! Ticks are dangerous little arachnids. They can carry over a dozen different diseases such as Powassan virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. According to the  ...

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Everything you Need to Know about Raising Baby Chicks

Bringing home your baby chicks is an exciting milestone in raising backyard chickens. The three key essentials for raising baby chicks: Warm, water and feed. Start chicks strong by providing a complete chick starter feed from day 1 through week 18. For ...

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Chicken Predators – What You Need to Know

Chicken Predators – What You Need to Know: Humans aren’t the only animals that enjoy a delicious chicken dinner. Foxes, coyotes, raccoons, dogs, mink, owls, and some hawks also find chickens a meaty, easy-to-catch meal. It is frustrating to discover chic ...

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What Do Baby Chicks Eat? Chick Starter Feed Is Key for Lifetime Success

What Do Baby Chicks Eat? Baby chicks grow quickly, doubling their hatch weight in the first week and growing up to seven times their hatch weight in the first month. To support this early growth, baby chicks should eat a ...

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Tips for Raising Chickens in Winter

Raising chickens in winter can be a lot of fun. Some hens love wandering around the yard and their first snow sighting can be quite entertaining. A bird’s thick feathers are a natural protective coat. As a result, most ...

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Three Tips to Help Molting Chickens

Three Tips to Help Molting Chickens: Backyard chickens often begin molting in the fall. Molting lasts 8 to 12 weeks and can cause a decrease in egg production. A high-protein feed can help molting chickens with feather regrowth. For backyard chickens across ...

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Caring For Baby Chicks: What to Do Once They Arrive

Bringing home your baby chicks is an exciting milestone in raising backyard chickens. The three key essentials for raising strong baby chicks: Warm, water and feed. Start chicks strong by providing a complete chick starter feed from day 1 through week 18. ...

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Six Milestones of Chicken Growth Stages

As you get started on the journey of raising backyard chickens, it’s fun to look forward to the milestones you will celebrate with your flock. From baby chick to retirement, there are six important chicken growth stages. Each stage ...

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