Category: Raising Chickens

Oct 12

Beginners Guide For Keeping Chickens

Have you ever considered raising your own backyard chickens? Today is #NationalFarmersDay, and in celebration of farmers everywhere and anyone who has ever had a spark for farming, we have a guide for everything a beginner needs to get started keeping chickens. Chickens have been domesticated for most of human history, and remain a mainstay …

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Jan 04

The Urban Chicken Movement – Ten Tips to Bring Chickens Into the City

An urban chicken movement is afoot in this country. More and more people are discovering the benefits of keeping a small flock in their residential backyard – including fresh, healthy eggs, fertilizer for their garden and just plain fun. Thinking of joining them? Here are ten tips to help you bring chickens into your urban …

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Sep 22

The Best Way to Keep a Chicken Coop Clean

A clean chicken coop is essential for the health of your flock. Dirty coops not only encourage disease and pests, they also stink and become a potential health hazard to humans (as well as making your neighbors unhappy). Keeping a clean coop doesn’t have to take a lot of work. Here are some of the …

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Sep 05

The Realities of Raising Chickens

A lot of my friends have been interested in raising their own chickens in their suburban areas so I thought I would write a post on the realities of this age-old venture. Many of you know that my dad is a farmer and has many hobbies including raising chickens. I thought it would be great …

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Aug 02

Cost of Keeping Chickens

How much will it cost for those wonderful, free-range eggs laid in your backyard coop? Are chickens worth the expense? How long will it take to re-coop the start up costs? One of the first questions on the minds of future city chicken farmers is the cost of keeping chickens. They might dream of free-range …

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Oct 05

Introducing New Chickens

I’m lucky to live in a city where there are no limits to the number of chickens you can have in your backyard flock. Still, when I got my first batch of chickens, I aimed low, as I was a bit nervous about having them. The problem is, I fell in love! And then, I …

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Oct 05

Chickens in Cold Weather: 8 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Backyard Flock Healthy and Warm

Keeping a small flock of chickens in your backyard means they will need some extra attention to make it through the winter safe, healthy, happy and warm. Where many large-scale farmers don’t go to the extra work to pamper their chicks, small flock farmers need to remember that a handful of chickens produce much less …

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Oct 05

A Chicken’s Problems

Although chicken keeping is relatively stress free, occasionally problems arise within your flock. Here’s some common issues you may encounter: Cannibalism Cannibalism can be a huge chicken problem that can often be prevented in the right conditions. Cannibalism happens when chickens start picking on each other. Once blood appears, the problem grows worse (as chickens …

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Oct 05

How to Keep a Chicken Happy

Why worry about keeping your chickens happy? Well, for one, they tend to fight less with each other when they’re content. They also tend to lay eggs more regularly. So happy chickens means happy chicken owners! If you’re new to raising chickens, you’ll be relieved to know it doesn’t take much to keep your chickens …

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Oct 05

Introducing New Chickens to Your Existing Flock

Adding new chickens your flock of birds can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Every flock will have a period of adjustment, but with thoughtful planning, fighting can be kept to a minimum (in most cases). The goal is to have a happy, well-adjusted flock in the end, (with no blood shed or lost life). …

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