Category Archives: Chickens

Backyard Chicken Glossary

Frizzle Feathers that curl instead of lying flat on a chicken are known as frizzle. The term also refers to a breed of chicken that displays such plumage. Bloom A nearly invisible coating found on newly hatched eggs is known … Continue reading

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Make a Storage Station for Your Chicken Coop

Chicken feed has a shelf life of just a few months. Improperly stored, feed may be damaged be mold or devoured by pests in a matter of days. Sturdy storage containers are a must, but keeping feed off the ground … Continue reading

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Backyard Chickens: Have You Hugged Your Chicken Today?

I got my first chickens on a whim. Why not? Fresh eggs every day sounded like a great idea and having poultry running around in the yard seemed cool. O.K., maybe not cool. But interesting. As livestock, the chickens have … Continue reading

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13 Fascinating Facts About Chickens

Let’s Talk Chickens With more than 19 billion on the planet at any given time, chickens outnumber humans by almost 3-to-1. Our feathered friends provide eggs, companionship and, admittedly, we eat our fair share. But, this popular poultry has personality … Continue reading

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Winterizing Your Chicken Flock

Here in the South, we rarely see the extreme cold temperatures found up North and this year has been especially mild so far. No snow yet, but we are finally seeing some freezing temperatures. Being of Midwestern stock, I’m delighted … Continue reading

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A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

Tilly’s Nest blogger and HGTVGardens contributor Melissa Caughey’s book, A Kid’s Guide to Chickens, offers kid-friendly crafts, recipes and practical tips for raising backyard chickens. Learn how to collect, wash and store eggs and what to expect when your backyard … Continue reading

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How to Save Money When Keeping Chickens

For those considering raising backyard chickens, the idea of “free” farm fresh eggs holds a lot of appeal, but the reality may be a little less appealing. Housing, feed costs, bedding, supplements and other coop expenses can add up quickly … Continue reading

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