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Cleaning and storing fresh eggs

Cleaning eggs       Sometimes, in spite of our efforts to provide a nice clean spot for our feathered friends to deposit the rent in, we'll get a dirty egg or two. That brings with it the question: to clean or not to clean and if so, what is the best way to clean it? In an informal survey on the forum we found that our members' opinions are 50/50 on whether or not to clean eggs and everyone has reasons for their preference. Some are worried about hygiene, some are not hassled about a little dirt, other don't want to sell/give away soiled eggs to friends and... read more

How much does it cost to raise backyard chickens?

So your kids (or spouse) talked you into chickens. Now, one of the first questions that came up was probably: "How much is this going to cost?" The good news is chickens are really not that expensive to keep and there are lots of ways to cut costs and save money. This article will give you an idea of how much you can expect to fork out for the chickens and their basic needs, as well as some ongoing costs. Let's say your starting small, with only 3 hens. The approximate costs would be:   Chickens: $3.00 to $30.00 per chicken depending on breed and age. Coop: $50.00... read more

Advice For First-Time Chicken Owners

    Every day, Backyard Chickens (BYC) Community receives hundreds of questions from old and new chicken raisers. Since BYC is a terrific source of practical and useful information, we decided to ask for tips from our friendly and helpful members on how to take care of our beloved flocks.    Pic by ImaChickenGirl   Buying your Flock   There is a lot of differing opinions on where is the best place to buy your chicken. Some will say it's best to buy chicks from hatcheries.  Others would suggest you buy from a reputable breeder. Then there are feed stores, shows,... read more

Eagle - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Eagles

  General Information and Description   Eagles are the un-proclaimed kings and queens of the bird kingdom. These impressive birds of prey are members of the Accipitridae family. Only a few types of condors and vultures can beat the eagle in terms of size and even the smallest eagles are unmatched in terms of weight, length and wing span. Considered as the fiercest birds of prey, they sit on the apex of the food chain and they feed on a variety of animals which include fish, deer, snake, monkey, rodents and of course, other birds.  Despite the absence of aerodynamic... read more

Chicken Laws and Ordinances (And how to change them)

IS IT LEGAL TO KEEP CHICKENS WHERE YOU LIVE?   As with any agricultural enterprise, keeping chickens is subject to a variety of often complex laws and regulations. Most towns and cities in the USA have some local law and/or ordinance regarding livestock and poultry in place and no two towns' restrictions and allowances are identical, so before you get started with chickens you should find out what the local laws and ordinances in your area is. First of all find out what jurisdiction you are in, municipality, township, parish. Then contact your local government and... read more

BackYard Chickens Starter Kit Price Guide

Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Feeding & Housing Emergencies & Health Miscellaneous     BackYard Chicken's starter kit price guide aims to make it easy to find the best gear to get started raising chickens.   Incubating, Hatching & Brooding Incubators   Hova Bator Egg Incubator 1602N with Circulated Air Fan Kit Invented by G.Q.F. Manufacturing Co. over 35 years ago, the Hova-Bator is still the WORLD'S BEST SMALL INCUBATOR. This TURBOFAN... read more

Why Join Back Yard Chickens? The Benefits Of Being A BYC Member.

Why lurk when you can have your own username and forum persona, and let us enjoy your company and that of your chickens?   Membership is, and always will be, FREE. We just want to let you know about all the great reasons for you to join us as a full-fledged BYC member:   Family-friendly Community of Chicken Enthusiasts   We have a strong sense of community here on BackYardChickens.com. People come here seeking advice about their chickens and end up making friends. We pride ourselves in maintaining a fully-moderated, friendly and welcoming community, where... read more

Chicken Health For Dummies Book - Everything you need to care for and keep happy, healthy chickens

Everything you need to care for and keep happy, healthy chickens   With directives on diagnosing and treating sick or ailing chickens, as well as general information on how to keep chickens in peak condition, Chicken Health For Dummies is your go-to guide on how to best care for and keep chickens.   Inside, you'll get everything you need to know about chicken health and wellness: an encyclopedia full of common and not-so-common diseases, injuries,... read more

Mushy Chick Disease ~ Yolk Sack infection ~ OMPHALITIS

Omphalitis Also known as Mushy Chick Disease & Yolk Sack infection   Omphalitis is a common cause of death in chicks during the first week of life and most common with artificially hatched chicks. It is a bacterial infection of the yolk sac. Various bacteria may be involved in yolk sack infection, E.coli, Staphylococci, Proteus, Clostridia, fecalis and Pseudomonas.               Understanding the yolk sack Growth of a chick begins in the small fertilized area at the top of the yolk. A network of blood vessels begins to develop spreading from the... read more

Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching

    Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching by, Sally Sunshine Poultry BYC Member Interview - Sally Sunshine GRAPHIC PICTURES FIRST Why? Because MOST New Hatcher's ASSIST too SOON & too FAST!   Below is the result of a BEAUTIFUL Chick that will die. This chick clearly was NOT ready to hatch as her yolk sac has not yet been drawn inside the abdominal cavity, nor have blood vessels receded. I can not express how necessary it is to understand the hatching process!           To SAVE A CHICK and better your Hatch rates please study... read more

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