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  1. Behavior Modifications for Aggressive Roosters

    If you ordered eggs or purchased un-sexed chicks this spring, now is about the time you may be realizing that you have a rooster on your hands. What to do with that bird is up to you; he can be kept as a part of the flock or found a home, which is easier said than done. If you choose to keep a rooster, it is possible that he might become aggressive upon reaching sexual maturity. This is not only at times a hassle to deal with, but can also be dangerous as his sharp spurs grow out. If you...
  2. Fermenting Chicken Feed

    Feeding chickens is easy. You can purchase age appropriate feed, give it to your chickens, supplement with calcium in a separate dish, and voila: flourishing chickens! Well, for the most part that is how it works. Occasionally problems do occur, but overall, feeding chickens is a fairly uncomplicated process. It is possible, however, to up your level of commitment. This could entail seeking out organic feeds that are free of genetically modified organisms, which can take some effort to...
  3. Mareks Virus- The Big Informational

    This was written by a friend of mine Jennifer Miller, who gathered the most correct information I know. This FAQ has been checked over for accuracy by a group of people who are known to be very very knowledgeable about Marek's Virus and have spent hours/years researching information from the best resources in the world. Still, there are many unknowns. The Great Big Giant Marek's Disease FAQ BY Jennifer Miller Nambroth By: Nambroth (user name) Posted 10/25/13 Last updated 9/18/14 87,115...
  4. Infertility Resulting from Genetic Modification Causes Rise in Chicken Prices

    Genetic modification has been a frequent topic of debate in the news for quite some time now. While it is frequently heard about in food circles, with the produce section of your local grocer being the area it is most widely discussed, it unfortunately does not stop there. Animals are being altered genetically as well, chickens included. Aviagen is a company known for providing day-old chicks to commercial breeders, such as Sanderson Farms. These chicks are grandparent and parent stock and...
  5. The Benefits of Molasses

    For many years, molasses has been an important part of livestock feeds. In some cases it is used as a binder to hold feed components together and in other cases it is used to increase palatability. It is also used in water during cold months to encourage drinking by adding a good taste to it. Since molasses is sweet, it appeals to animals that are desirous of sweet tastes to enjoy. Molasses has more advantages than its taste and binding abilities, however. In moderate amounts, it offers...
  6. Heritage Breed Profile: Silver Grey Dorkings

    Another example of a beautiful Heritage Breed with a great temperament is the Silver Grey Dorking. Historical accounts suggest that these birds date back to 54 BC at which time they were introduced in Britain by the Romans. From that day forward, this breed has been present in England and is a bird renowned for not only its demeanor but also its delicious meat. Silver Gray Dorkings, which are thought to be among the oldest known breeds of domestic poultry, have been categorized as an...
  7. Treating Vent Gleet

    With chicken ownership comes experience in dealing with unpleasant illness and disease, and vent gleet is no exception. Also known as cloacitis or thrush, vent gleet is a fungal infection that, as the name suggests, shows its presence at the vent. This illness, which can affect digestive and reproductive systems, is luckily not contagious amongst birds with the exception of birds who are mating as it can be spread through sexual contact from hen to rooster. Additionally it can impact birds...
  8. 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...
  9. Chicken Life Spans: How Will You Handle the End?

    Every living thing that walks this earth at some point will cease to do so, with chickens being no exception. The time will simply come when their bodies begin to fail and they pass on to the next world. In some cases, accidents or illness may take them prematurely, but ideally our chickens will live out their days in avoidance of such hazards. Photo: Roy's Farm If a chicken is allowed to live to the end of its natural life, without plans for culling, how long will that life be? As a...
  10. 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]
  11. Creating a Cheap, Easy Protein Source for Your Chickens

    It is no secret that bugs make delicious snacks for a chicken. Since chickens are omnivores, bugs actually make up an important part of their diet and provide them with necessary protein. If you watch your chickens' natural behavior, you will see plenty of bug consumption taking place, as long as bugs are readily available. Photo: Garden Betty Something you can do for your chickens that you may not have thought of before is creating an environment hospitable to bugs. This may not sound...
  12. The Cheery Chicks CK3 Giveaway!

    Leonard of Cheery Chicks has donated a CK3 waterer to be given away to one lucky winner here on ChickenForum and it could be you! Entry is simple, just make sure you have at least 10 posts then post to this thread. [URL]http://www.chickenforum.com/f10/cheery-chicks-ck3-chicken-kooler-giveaway-8286/[/URL] This is the top prize avaible as far as waterers are concerned, so get entered now for your chance at winning! Thanks go out to Cheery Chicks and their generosity. All items for giveaways are...
  13. Beat the Heat with these Chicken Cooling Tips!

    Depending on where you live, you could be wondering where spring went as summer seemingly crashed down upon us. While it is technically spring for nearly another month yet, temperatures are reflecting something else in much of the country. With temps in the 90's on what has become a normal basis for many of us, it is time to start thinking about how you will keep your chickens cool as the mercury continues to climb. Photo: Hen Cam Much like people and other animals, chickens are no...
  14. DIY Easy Chicken Waterer

    Chickens, delicious as they are, can be messy little creatures. If you use a standard waterer with an open bowl area, you are likely no stranger to the disgusting things chickens can do to their water. This means multiple daily cleanings for you to ensure the waterer stays not only clean but also full. In addition to being messy, chickens are not the daintiest of drinkers and tend to spill. Chicken nipples are an excellent and clean way to provide water. However, they must be strategically...
  15. Molting

    There may come a time when your chicken appears to be going bald, but worry not as molting is a natural part of a chicken's life. Hens and roosters alike both molt, which basically translates to shedding out old, dull feathers and replacing them with vibrant, new ones. Molting generally begins at the head/neck and progresses down the back/over the wings and onto the tail. Chicken molting takes place when the day becomes shorter than the night, usually in late summer/early fall. Daylight...
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