Secrets? No. Tricks? A few, maybe.
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How much feed should I give my chickens each day?
We recommend feeding "free choice"; that is, letting them eat as much layer feed as they want and leaving their feeder out at all times (although you... read more
How much does it cost to feed a chicken?
A basic estimate is that chickens will eat 1/4 pound per day per chicken. However, that estimate is based on the conditions commercial layers face in... read more
My chickens run away whenever they see me. Can I tame them?
In general, chickens can be tamable and friendly by the same sorts of general methods you would use with a dog or a cat. Presuming they are healthy... read more
Can bed bugs bother my chickens?
Ew, yuck! But yes: just as bed bugs can feed on dogs and cats, they can feed on chickens, too. It's a particular problem with chickens in factory... read more
Do my chickens need to be wormed, and if so, what schedule should I use?
If your chickens have worms, you will want to treat them. Some signs you can look for at home are pale combs, a drop in laying, and watery poo.... read more
What should I do if my chickens get too hot? Will they die?
Well, yes, they could... if your chickens are unable to cool themselves, they could seize and die. How can you tell if your flock is in distress? Hot... 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
Can I spread grass clippings in the chicken run?
No, grass clippings would be bad for your flock.
Most people will find this advice counter-intuitive, because chickens love to eat grasses,... read more
What is a wormer?
A "wormer" is a medication used to help rid your chickens of infestations of internal parasites like round worms or other worms, the same way you... read more
How do I help a chicken with vent prolapse?
Also called "blowout", vent prolapse is a condition in which the vent becomes inverted and a portion of it protrudes outside the bird's body.... read more
Do I need to give my hens oyster shell or supplemental calcium?
If your hens have a good, "complete" layer feed, they may not ever need read more
How can I help my chickens stay cool in the summer?
Chickens don't sweat like humans do to cool down. Much like dogs, they pant to help stay cool.
My hen has sticky, tar-looking poop--is there anything wrong?
Probably not. Chickens actually produce two types of poo: fecal poo and cecal poo. Cecal poo is thicker, stinkier and stickier. It usually looks sort... read more
What can I do to reduce the risk of my birds getting sick with Salmonella or another illness?
The easiest thing to do is simply to provide your birds with safe, roomy, clean conditions.
What is the difference between different types of chicken feeds like starter, grower, finisher, layer, and developer?
Starter, grower, finisher, layer, and developer are all considered "complete feeds" to offer your chickens, but they come in different... read more
Why is my chick growing her feathers in so slowly?
Sometimes you'll get a brood of chicks and notice that while many have grown in most of their feathers by eight weeks or so, one or two are slow... read more
Why do hens eat their own eggs? How can I stop them?
Diets low in protein can encourage egg eating simply because the hens are trying to get the nutrition they need. Make sure your are feeding your... read more
What is medicated feed all about--do I need it?
Medicated feed is formulated for chicks to help them combat coccidiosis, a disease that is found just about everywhere in the environment. Most... 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
What is quarantine and when should I quarantine my flock?
In your backyard flock, quarantine is the act of isolating a chicken or chickens who has been potentially or actually exposed to contagious illness... read more
My chicken has a lump or tumor on her chest--what should I do?
You are probably seeing your chicken's crop. A chicken's crop is a part of her digestive system, and is located on her breast. You can see it in the... read more
All about Spraddle Leg
Cardinal or diagnostic... read more
All about Egg Binding
Egg binding is exactly what it sounds like: a poor hen has a egg "bound" inside of her and won't come out. That must make her feel miserable! So... read more
What is molting?
Molting occurs once a year in adult birds older than one year, normally in late summer or autumn. During this time, birds will lose their feathers... read more
How many roosters can I have?
We normally recommend one rooster for every ten hens or so. In a large flock, there is often more than one rooster, with no problems. In smaller... 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
Are your flocks pasture raised?
Our breeding flocks are raised in the beautiful Amish countryside in Ohio, but they are indoor birds for reasons of biosecurity. Large hatcheries... read more
What is a chicken's crop? What is a gizzard?
A chicken's crop is a part of her digestive system, and is located on her breast. You see it in the illustration below, closest to the front. When it... read more
Is the floor surface important with ducks and geese?
Yes!--it is very important. As babies, ducklings and goslings need a surface they can grip until their leg muscles and hips are strong, just as with... read more
When should I take my pet chicken to the vet?
As keepers of pet chickens, we've all been there. You notice one of your birds exhibiting some unusual behaviors or symptoms, and you're faced with a... read more