Secrets? No. Tricks? A few, maybe.
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How can I tell if my hens' eggs are fertile?
Crack a fresh, unincubated egg into a bowl in good light. If you have sharp eyes, you will see that a fertile egg has a faint bullseye, the... read more
What treats taste best to chickens?
Chickens LOVE treats, and they have their own individual tastes and preferences, of course. But we hate to break it to you: they have almost no taste... read more
Should I give my hens vegetarian feed?
You have probably seen labels on grocery store eggs claiming they have been laid by "vegetarian-fed hens," so is this something you should be looking... read more
Can I give my chickens moldy bread, moldy leftovers or moldy feed?
No, your chickens should not eat anything with mold on it. Just as moldy or rotten food can make you sick, it can make them sick. Sharing some... read more
What is the deep litter method of coop bedding management, and how does it work?
The traditional way to manage bedding in the coop is to put a light layer of bedding down--for bedding recommendations, see the related questions... read more
Why is it necessary that my chickens have grit?
"Scarce as hens' teeth." Have you ever heard that expression before? Of course, chickens don't have teeth... and that's a problem, since their diet... read more
Will a broody hen starve herself to death on the nest?
It's unlikely she'll starve, but even so, it's not unheard of for a hen to die on the nest. Remember, even when they're broody, they do get off the... read more
How do I keep my small, enclosed run from becoming muddy?
Depending on where you are in the country and how your coop is sited, you may occasionally have problems with mud in the run. There are worse things... read more
What is an apron fence, and why is it helpful?
An apron fence is a fence that helps to keep out digging predators. But it isn't normally a special type of fence that you buy; it's more of a... read more
Why do chicken combs look so different from one another?
Different breeds have different combs. There are a few main comb types.
A single comb is probably what you think of when you think of... read more
Can I give my chickens wild birdseed mix?
Bird seed mixes are usually too high in fat, too low in vitamins (especially when the mixes are high in millet and cracked corn) to meet the long... read more
Should I treat my chickens with black oil sunflower seeds, or striped sunflower seeds?
Sunflower seeds are a good treat for your chickens. They're widely available, chickens typically love them, and for a treat, they're quite read more
How many chicks must I purchase to meet the minimum order during the winter months?
We want to make sure your chicks arrive safe and sound.
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If I'm interested in getting started in keeping backyard chickens, where do I begin?
If you're longing to keep pet chickens, sometimes it's hard to even know where to begin your exciting chicken adventure. We're happy to help you get... read more
How much space should I provide my chickens?
The more the better, certainly! The more space your chickens have, the less stressed the flock will be. If your flock is concentrated in a very small... read more
Can you safely ship chicks to Alaska or Hawaii?
We can safely ship chicks to Alaska and Hawaii. However, we can only safely ship to certain zip codes within those states. The post... read more
My chick's toes are all curled up--what's wrong with her?
Sometimes a chick will develop or hatch with a condition called curled toes or curly toes in one or both feet.
Can I keep an indoor pet chicken, or do I need a coop and run outside?
Sometimes people get the idea to keep an indoor pet chicken, or a "house chicken." It's not a good idea to keep them permanently indoors, though.... read more
How do I handle a flighty chicken?
If the hen you need to handle runs from you every time you get near, what do you do--chase her around the yard and see who gets tired first? Well,... read more
How do I introduce my new chicks to other young chicks in the brooder?
Introducing new hens to an established flock can be tricky (see how to do that in the related questions below)---but luckily it's much easier to... read more
There are so many different terms for chickens--juvenile, cockerel, pullet, chick, hen, rooster, peep, biddy, started pullet, point-of-lay pullet, broody, brood, flock--what do they all mean?
There ARE a lot of different terms for chicken, aren't there? It can be a little confusing, especially when you're just starting out. So let's... read more
How much water do chickens drink per day?
Are you going to need to refill your chicken waterer once a day... or once a week? You might be wanting to plan ahead for what size waterer you'll... read more
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What do I need to know about bears if I keep chickens?
*Large mammals, most species are omnivorous. (Polar bears are mostly... read more
Can't I just mix my own chicken feed at home?
Yes, you CAN mix your feed at home. But that said, it's not very easy or inexpensive, as people who ask this question often seem to assume. For... read more
How long do I have to keep my chicken quarantined after treating for an illness or infection?
There is not a single answer to that question--it will depend on what your bird has been treated for. For instance, once you've treated for mites and... read more
What are frizzles and sizzles?
Frizzles and sizzles are not breeds of chickens so much as they are words describing a very showy feather type that chickens can have.... read more
What's the difference between Breeds, Designer Breeds, and Varieties of Chicken?
Let's talk about Designer Breeds, Breeds, and Varieties, so you'll understand the differences in terminaology.
Designer... read more
Why does my chicken's tail always twist to one side?
It sounds as if your chicken has "wry tail." This is a condition that is exactly what it sounds like: your chicken's tail is held at a wry angle when... read more