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  1. Chicken Saddles

    An interesting item that you may or may not currently have on hand is a chicken saddle. This is not a literal saddle, of course, but instead more of a cloth pad that is intended to cover the back of your chicken. Chicken saddles, also referred to as aprons, attach with straps and are useful both in the case of caring for injuries and preventing them from occurring in the first place. The main reason you may wish to use a chicken saddle is to prevent injury to your hens during mating. When a...
  2. First Aid Kits for Chickens

    Animals by nature seem to be accident prone at times. It could be due to their curiosity or it could be because they do not always connect the dots between injuries and danger. To a chicken, it may make perfect sense to cross the road but we may never know if they look both ways first to see if cars are coming or worry about what might be lurking on the other side. The ability to injure one's self is not species specific. Any animal you own can become injured at any time. Because of this,...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Discouraging Broody Hens

    Having a hen go broody can be a good thing if you are trying to hatch chicks. If chicks are not in the cards, however, and the eggs on which your hen is sitting are not fertile, having her go broody has the potential to be a headache for the both of you. In the case of you as a chicken owner, you now have to convince her to give up sitting on the nest, and she as a chicken has to deal with her maternal instincts and hormones while someone tries to discourage her idea of what comes naturally....
  6. Grandpa's Feeders Giveaway!

    Grandpa's Feeders has donated one of their fantastic standard feeders to be given away here on Chicken Forum, and I want you to sign up. There are many ways to join and entry is quick and easy. For complete rules of entry, and to get entered please follow this link: [URL]http://www.chickenforum.com/f10/grandpas-feeders-chicken-feeder-giveaway-7559/[/URL] Be sure to visit GrandpasFeeders.com to see their entire selection. Thanks to Grandpa's Feeders for this great donation, and from everyone at...
  7. Categories Redefined for Certified Humane Eggs

    If you look at eggs for sale in the grocery store, you may notice many promises printed on the carton. Eggs are promised to be "Free Range" but there was always a loop hole. Those words did not quite mean what they seemed to mean. For example, free range did not necessarily mean those chickens spent their days wandering about lush pastures; it could have meant that they got to wander around a warehouse instead of being trapped in battery cages instead. The alternative free range was better,...
  8. Encouraging Proper Locations for Egg Laying

    When we were kids, many of us probably enjoyed scavenger hunts. Taking direction from clues to guide us to the prize at the end was wildly entertaining to our young minds and we had great fun back then. Now that we are getting older, however, scavenger hunts are not the same good times they once were. Especially high on the 'not fun' list are scavenger hunts for eggs laid by our very own chickens. A while back we had a Japanese Bantam go missing. We thought she died, but a few weeks later,...
  9. The Intelligence Level of a Chicken

    Have you ever noticed that your chickens seem to be watching and learning from not only one another but also from events taking place around the yard, up to and including what you may be doing? Do you watch your chickens seemingly calculate a way to perform different tasks? Do they respond to stimulus in an organized, logical way that makes sense even to you? The answer to these questions are probably yes, and the reason for that is because chickens very well may be the smartest animal in...
  10. Naked Neck Chickens

    Have you ever heard of a bird that was referred to as a \'Turken\' instead of a chicken? The Turken term originated along with the Naked Neck Chicken. Since the neck of the Naked Neck is, in fact, naked like that of a turkey, there was a running misconception that this bird was this result of crossbreeding between chickens and turkeys. While this is not the case, this term has stuck around to be associated with this breed of chicken for quite some time. While not very popular in America,...
  11. DIY Chicken Feeder Made of PVC Pipe

    There are many good things about chickens and plenty of reasons to love them. What is less than ideal about chickens, however, is that they sometimes take restroom breaks in some of the most inopportune places. When nature calls, chickens answer, be it in their water, in their food, or anywhere else. Restroom breaks are indiscriminate if you happen to be a chicken. While the chickens themselves are not the least bit embarrassed or inconvenienced by the locations at which the call of nature...
  12. 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...
  13. Caring for Chicks with Spraddle Leg

    Spraddle Leg, which is also known as Splayed Leg, is a condition that can affect chicks after birth. When a chick hatches, sometimes one or both legs begin to fall to one side. This can result in an inability to stand or walk and must be addressed immediately. By taking proper precautions, Spraddle Leg is usually avoidable, but if it does happen, knowing how to treat it is key to fixing the problem as soon as possible to prevent malformation of muscles. The main cause of Straddle Leg is...
  14. White-Faced Black Spanish

    An interesting chicken I recently discovered and wish to someday add to my flock is the White-Faced Black Spanish (WFBS). They are extremely unique to look at, having a white face and low-hanging white earlobes. This look does take one or two molts to appear, but when it does, it is very captivating and stands in stark contrast with the rest of their bodily color and black feathers. As a result of having a white face, they are sometimes known as the "Clown Chicken" since their faces look...
  15. Since When is Vegetarianism Good for Chickens?

    Have you ever been perusing the egg selection at the grocery store and noticed labels professing that the eggs contained in the carton were laid by chickens that ate an "all vegetarian" diet? Granted, most of us here probably do not pay attention to the eggs in the grocery store as we are hopefully collecting enough of our own to sustain our families, but if you were to look, you might be surprised at what you will see. Chickens, by nature, are not vegetarian, so it is hard to fathom why it...
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