Chicken Nesting Boxes 101 Biosecurity for Your Backyard Chickens

Biosecurity for Your Backyard Chickens

“Biosecurity” is not a word we throw around very often, but it’s an important concept to understand when you’re raising backyard chickens. It refers to the steps we take to protect humans and animals from infectious diseases. As we have learned from dealing with the coronavirus, viruses can easily travel from animals to humans, and… Read more »

The Pros and Cons of Free Ranging Your Chickens

The Pros and Cons of Free Ranging Your Chickens

There are many reasons why people decide on free ranging their chickens. Birds are often happier and healthier, and as a result, they produce more eggs and are less likely to get sick. However, while there are many reasons to free range, there are also just as many reasons not to. Free ranging requires regular… Read more »

What You Should Know About Mother Hens

What You Should Know About Mother Hens

Mother hens have a lot of responsibility. Once they start laying eggs at about 4-5 months of age, they will spend most of their lives either producing eggs, caring for their chicks, or both. This line of work is nothing to sneeze at, as it takes plenty of energy to raise and protect baby chicks…. Read more »

The Most Common Mistakes When Raising Backyard Chickens

The Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Backyard Chickens

When you begin to raise backyard chickens, you’re bound to make a few mistakes. Nevertheless, for the sake of your flock, you should try your best to avoid these mistakes early on. There are many common mistakes that beginners make when raising backyard chickens, and by being familiar with them, you are more able to… Read more »

What Does It Mean When You Find Blood Spots in Eggs?

What Does It Mean When You Find Blood Spots in Eggs?

When you first start raising chickens, you may notice that the eggs you receive from your hens aren’t quite as uniform as the ones you’re used to buying in a grocery store. That’s because commercially-sold eggs are inspected and sorted before they’re shipped to ensure all the eggs in a carton appear roughly the same…. Read more »

4 Factors that Impact Chicken Life Expectancy

4 Factors that Impact Chicken Life Expectancy

Under normal conditions, a chicken’s life expectancy is about 8 years. However, there are a whole host of factors that can impact how long your chickens will live. While predators and diseases are obvious factors, there are other, less obvious factors, that can determine the length of your chicken’s life. Here are just a few: … Read more »

Chicken-Friendly Plants to Feed to Your Flock

Chicken-Friendly Plants to Feed to Your Flock

Does it feel like your chickens are always looking for something to eat? That’s because they almost always are. If your chickens aren’t chowing down on feed in their coop, they’re probably out foraging for plants and insects to snack on in your yard. One way to keep your chickens happy and healthy is by… Read more »

How Often Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

How Often Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

Perhaps the primary reason for raising backyard chickens is having a fresh supply of eggs on your table every day. However, when you’re new to raising chickens, you may be asking yourself one question: how often will my hens lay eggs? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer.  The short answer Frankly, there is no short… Read more »

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