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  1. 3 Normal Types of Chicken Poop

    Part of proper chicken care includes being able to spot when something is wrong. This can mean being observant on several levels, from watching your chickens\' eating habits to monitoring their behavior. Another indicator of health problems in chicken is the state of their feces. Being able to tell the difference between what is normal and what is not can aid in the detection of illness, as abnormal poop is often a sign that disease or illness could be present and needs to be addressed....
  2. 300,000 Chickens Lost in Egg Farm Fire

    Chicken coop fires have come up many times in recent news. With winter upon us and frigid temperatures with snow and ice running amok, attempts have been made to warm chicken coops with fatal results. Some of these fires have resulted in not only loss of the coop and chickens contained within, but also loss of homes nearby. This is sad but avoidable reality for some as the heat lamp debate rages forth, especially when you consider that heat lamps are responsible for many coop fires. Fires...
  3. 5 More Ways the Chicken Egg Can Amaze!

    In the past we delved into malformed eggs and the reasons behind them, but believe it or not, strange eggs do not end there! Being misshapen is only one of the ways in which an egg can present as unusual and there are plenty more to discuss along with the various reasons why such oddities might occur. In fact, there are several more ways in which a chicken egg can amaze! It is a well-known fact that sometimes a hen has to try a time or two to get the egg laying process down pat. As pullets...
  4. 5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Breed

    When it comes time to decide on which type(s) of chicken you would like in your flock, narrowing it down can be quite difficult. With so many beautiful breeds with great personalities, choosing just one breed (or several breeds) is not the simplest thing to do. It is easy to determine the basic qualities you want in a chicken but beyond that the line starts to blur. If you find yourself browsing chicken breeds and accumulating a ridiculously long list, here are a few things to consider to...
  5. 5 Uses for Egg Shells

    It is a shame to make an omelet in the morning and throw away those perfectly good egg shells you have left over. To some, throwing the eggs away makes sense as they are seen to them as waste. To others, those egg shells are seen as precious items with a plethora of uses and wasting them seems like a shame. Whichever you prefer, be it tossing them or keeping them to reuse, here are some possibilities for utilizing egg shells once breakfast is over that you may wish to consider. 1. Egg...
  6. 5 Ways to Save Money When Raising Chickens

    A lot of people tout raising chickens as an economical way to provide eggs and meat for your family. While this is true and the benefits of raising chickens do outweigh the expenses, the misconception seems to be that chickens require virtually no investment and will produce unfailingly, which is simply not the case. Chickens need proper feed and health care as well as safe, sturdy housing, all of which costs money. For people who are new to the chicken world, such needs sometimes come as a...
  7. 7 Vinegar Uses Beneficial to Chickens

    Vinegar is a substance that is popping up everywhere. It seems like not a day goes by that we do not learn of a new use for vinegar, often a use that is so painfully easy that it is baffling that we were not doing just that all along. With its extraordinary cleaning properties, vinegar is a must-have for chicken keepers. Since it is mild and non-toxic, it does an excellent job of sprucing things up without doing harm to your animals. In fact, vinegar is more than just non-harmful; it is...
  8. 9 Comb Types Recognized by the American Poultry Association

    One of the most noticeable parts of a chicken is the comb. One purpose served by the comb is to regulate the body heat of chickens and variations in comb styles exist largely based on the place of origin of different breeds. For example, combs on chicken breeds from warm climates will be larger than breeds that are native to cold climates. Having a small comb if you are a cold climate bird is also useful in the fight against frostbite as there is less comb present to become frostbitten....
  9. Age Appropriate Chicken Feeds

    As chickens age and grow, it is necessary to match their feeding requirements to the stage of growth they are in at any given time. This can mean making several dietary changes as your chickens grow, some of which may seem to occur quite rapidly. Staying on top of the appropriate type of feed needed at various stages of development will aid in keeping your chickens healthy. While some people prefer to concoct their own feeds, others utilize commercial feeds. This is not a bad thing as...
  10. Aggressive Rooster Handling

    A few years back an adult rooster came to live on the farm. He was purchased from a flea market mostly out of pity because he had a healed leg injury that resulted in a limp. It did not seem to affect him too terribly much; he still got around fine, albeit a little bit slower than the rest of the flock, and his gait had a hitch to it that gave his movement a sort of lumbering quality. The plan was to give him a place to live out his days ruling the roost, and he did just that. He also...
  11. Aging Eggs Through Floatation

    If you are wandering about your property and happen across some eggs a sneaky hen has laid in a surprise location, your first instinct may be to rush them inside and put them in the fridge. While saving such eggs is a noble cause, you have to ask yourself what the likelihood is that those eggs are still safe for consumption. Sure, they may have only been there since this morning, (or yesterday morning, or twenty mornings ago) but how are you to know? The hen may know but it is doubtful she...
  12. American Harvest Season 2 Now on CarbonTV!

    Harvest time! American Harvest Season 2 is now streaming exclusively on CarbonTV.com here: [URL]http://bit.ly/AmericanHarvest2[/URL]
  13. An Egg Has Been Laid & We Shall Sing!

    Have you ever noticed that your hens seem to relish in the laying of an egg? It is almost as if they beam with pride having done so, celebrating their fabulous creation. Part of this sense of accomplishment includes breaking out in conversation and sharing the news of an egg laid with anyone in the world who will listen, be it willingly or not. If you own chickens, you are probably all too familiar with such morning egg announcements. Sometimes they are truly music to our ears and at other...
  14. Are You Ready for Fly Season?

    With spring coming soon, with it will come flies. In addition to being pests, flies have the capability to contaminate food as well as carrying and transmitting bacteria and diseases. Some of the issues flies can spread around are E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, New Castle Disease, and Dysentery, just to name a few. Flies can also cause Botulism within your flock if your chickens eat maggots produced by flies. With the spread of such things possible due to flies, getting rid of them before...
  15. Australorps

    The Australorp was developed in Australia in 1890 by breeding Rhode Island Reds with Orpingtons. There was a lot of controversy created in naming this bird as some suggested it be called Australs and others Australian Utility Orpingtons. Eventually they settled on the name Australorps being short for Australian Orpingtons. They come in both standard size, with the hen weighing an average of 7.3-9.2 lbs and cock 8.6-10.3 lbs, and Bantam weighing 1.7 lbs for hen and 3.7 lbs for cocks. Black is...
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