Category Archives: Chickens

How to Get Your Chicken Coop Ready for Winter

When cold weather arrives, winterizing the chicken coop will keep the flock happy, healthy and comfortable. Make sure your coop is ready to face the elements before Old Man Winter comes to call. Chickens are surprisingly tolerant of cold weather, … Continue reading

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Chicken-Keeping for Kids

Once relegated to farm life, many chickens have left country living behind, showing up in suburban backyards and even enjoying city life as coops spring up around every corner. The trend may have been built on the desire for fresh … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Roosters

I’m often asked if a rooster is required in the coop for hens to lay eggs. The answer is no. Hens will lay eggs without a rooster around to do what roosters do, but don’t expect baby chicks. Roosters aren’t just unnecessary … Continue reading

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The 411 On Chicken Dust Baths

For those who free range their chickens, the sight of the birds rolling around in the dirt, lounging about in the dust before shaking themselves clean with a spectacular, plumage-rustling display, is a familiar one. At first glance, it might seem like … Continue reading

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Why Do Chickens Fight?

While we might like to think that chickens raised in a caring environment are always going to get along, anyone who has spent time with a flock of any size can confirm the sad truth. Chickens fight. In a coop … Continue reading

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The Andalusian Chicken

Sometimes called “Blue Andalusian,” this beautiful breed may be black, white or slate blue. Coloring varies with parentage and genetics pioneer Gregor Mendel used this breed extensively when studying heredity variations. Originating in Andalucia, Spain, the productive breed found popularity … Continue reading

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Why Chickens Roost

A roost is an elevated bar, branch or narrow plank on which chickens perch to sleep. Seeking high spots to spend the night has been part of chicken survival instincts since long before its domestication over 5000 years ago. Chickens … Continue reading

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