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  1. Critically Endangered: The Barred Holland

    It may seem odd to consider the possibility of a chicken breed going extinct, but it has happened in the past and could very well happen again. In fact, according to the Livestock Conservancy, the Holland chicken is number five on the list of the Top 5 Endangered Livestock Breeds. While it is hard fathom a chicken breed going extinct due to the plentiful nature of chickens, it all comes down to breeding. Chickens with desirable traits are bred while those that do not have as many of that...
  2. Have you entered the Grandpa's Feeders Giveaway?

    The Grandpa\'s Feeders Giveaway is coming to an end soon and I want to make sure you\'ve entered. With the ability to keep your chickens fed and predators and scavengers out, this system should be in all chicken owner\'s setups. Follow this link now to make sure you have entered. [URL]http://www.chickenforum.com/f10/grandpas-feeders-chicken-feeder-giveaway-7559/[/URL] Don\'t delay! We stop accepting entries the night of March 18th. From everyone at Grandpa\'s Feeders and ChickenForum we wish you...
  3. The Usual Suspects: 10 Most Common Chicken Predators

    One of the more unpleasant aspects of chicken ownership is dealing with predators. Whether they come by ground or sky, sooner or later they will find their way to your flock. Protecting birds can be difficult, not only during daylight free ranging hours but also at night while they roost. Since predators hunt during the day and at night, chances are that there is always something lurking about in the distance. There are many different types of predators that prey on chickens. It is...
  4. Treatment Options for Stargazing

    Stargazing is a term that refers to a condition where a chick is unable to hold its head upright. Instead, the head of the chick flops backward and rests upon its back, giving the impression that the chick is looking at the sky, or stargazing. This condition is the result of a progressive paralysis that starts in the feet and works its way up through the legs and wings to finally affect the neck. If you have a chick with this condition, leg function will be impeded and the bird may even...
  5. Possible Explanations for Feather Loss

    Every now and then you may find your coop and yard littered with feathers. There can be several reasons for this, some of which are perfectly normal. Since chickens go through processes in which they lose old feathers and replace them with new ones, it is not always necessary to panic. Even if it does sometimes seem like the feather loss is so extreme that a whole chicken may have been lost to a predator, a quick head count will ease your mind. Once you are certain all head are present and...
  6. Chick Days are Here!

    It is that time of year again, the time when chicks are hatching and peeps are being heard coming from nesting and coop areas. It is a sweet, promising sound, that of young chicks chattering about. One place where this can be easily heard is at your local Tractor Supply Co. as "Chick Days" are here. The chicks at Tractor Supply, or anywhere else for that matter, are hard to resist. Even when I can't or don't need to bring any home, I am unable to resist the urge to at least go look at the...
  7. Caring for Egg Bound Hens

    Having a hen that is unable to pass an egg is very serious. Known as egg binding, or being egg bound, this occurs when an egg becomes stuck in the reproductive tracts and the bird cannot expel it on her own. If this condition goes unnoticed or is left untreated, it can result in infection, tissue damage, swelling, bleeding, prolapse of the oviduct, prolapsed uterus, or even death. Potential causes for egg binding include low levels of calcium, Hypocalcaemia Syndrome (low serum calcium levels...
  8. Safeguarding Against Rodents

    We all know what it is like to have unwanted house guests show up at our door. Even if we turn off all the lights and hide behind the couch, somehow they know when we are home and persist until let inside to join us. Then, once there, they make themselves comfortable, refusing to leave and making a mess. Having a house guest you do not want is enough to drive you batty, but worse than that are having unwanted guests, or more like pests, making themselves comfortable after gaining entry into...
  9. Bedding Rotation Plans to Save Money

    One of the main expenses in chicken ownership is providing bedding. Since clean, fresh bedding is of the utmost importance, keeping a constantly flowing supply is absolutely necessary. During winter months when cold weather is present, chances are you will go through even more bedding trying to keep your coop warm. When you consider all the bedding used and later thrown away, it makes sense to have a system in place to get the most use out of bedding before it must be discarded. The type...
  10. DIY Chicken Sick Bay & Quarantine Area

    Sooner or later we will all be faced with a time when we have to quarantine one of the members of our flock. The reason for this could be most anything from illness to the introduction of a new bird. During quarantine time it is especially important to be able to keep that animal safe and calm while still restricting the access to him or her by other animals. Having a sturdy sick bay on hand at all times is absolutely necessary because you never know when a time might come that you will need...
  11. How to Recognize a Fertilized Egg

    There may come a time when you need to seriously investigate whether or not your rooster is doing his job. If you are interested in hatching chicks, it is important to know that the eggs on which your hens are sitting have been properly fertilized. There is not much worse than a hen spending 21 days trying to hatch eggs that were not viable. That amounts to three plus weeks a broody hen has wasted sitting on the nest in addition to the time it will take to get her back to laying again when...
  12. Seeing Through the Eye of a Chicken

    Have you ever been enjoying time with your chickens and watched as they seemingly reacted to something you were unable to see? Did this make you wonder about how both their vision and perception works? A lot of times animals both see and perceive things differently than humans do, so what looks a certain way to you can look much different to them. While both humans and chickens can see well during daylight hours, humans have much better vision after dark than chickens do. Since chickens...
  13. 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...
  14. Silkie Chickens

    One of the most popular ornamental breeds of chickens is the Silkie. This breed is named for its plumage, which is much fluffier than that of a regular chicken. It is soft in addition to being fluffy and is renowned for feeling similar to silk, hence their name. In addition to their silky plumage, they have some other unusual aspects to their appearance. One such example is that they have five toes on each foot as opposed the lesser number of toes that are more common amongst other chicken...
  15. Replace Convection with Radiant Heat if You Must Heat Your Coop

    It seems like almost every day there is another chicken coop fire in the news. With good intentions, people try to provide heat for their chickens during winter but so often these good intentions lead to disaster. While there are benefits to adding a heat source, such as keeping water from freezing, there is one huge reason to avoid it, and that reason is fire. Sure, having supplemental lighting will help raise egg production. Having a heat source will save you countless trips back and forth...
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