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Snake - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Snakes

General Information & Description   Snakes are long, legless carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Fifteen families of snakes are currently recognized, comprising of more than 2,900 species. The largest living species are the reticulated pythons, which can reach 30 feet long, and the aquatic anaconda, the heaviest existing snake, which measures 25 feet. Most snakes are relatively small animals measuring 3 to 4 feet in length. The smallest is only 4 inches long, the Leptotyphlops cariae. Because they cannot chew their food, snakes swallow their prey whole.... read more

Homemade Chicken Feeder & Waterer Designs & Pictures

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How To Clip & Trim The Wings Of Your Chicken To Prevent Flight

  Graphic and text courtesy of "A Guide to Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow.   Wing clipping, the most common method of controlling the flight of backyard chickens, involves using sharp shears to cut off the first ten flight feathers of onewing.   Clipping causes a bird to lack the balance needed for flight but lasts only until new feathers grow during the next molt, which may be a few months in young birds or up to a year for older ones.   A potential problem is that clipped feathers may not readily fall out during the molt, requiring your... read more

Red Fox - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Foxes

  General Information The red fox is a quick, skillful hunter, feeding on a wide variety of foods. Mice are often eaten, especially during the winter months and cottontail rabbits are also an important part of their diet. They remain active throughout the year but are primarily nocturnal, only occasionally coming out during the daylight hours. Red foxes seem to prefer somewhat open habitats and are not creatures of dense forests. They are found mostly in areas with interspersed croplands, old fields, and woodlots, especially along the edges formed by these... read more

Fisher Cat - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Fisher Cats

    GENERAL INFORMATION   The fisher cat (Martes pennanti), also known as the "pekan cat", or "black cat", is a large, dark coloured, furry member of the weasel family. These forrest dwelling mammals are active year round and mostly during the dawn and dusk hours of the day.  Fishers are generalist predators. Their primary prey is hares and porcupines, but they are also known to feed on insects, nuts, berries and mushrooms and on occasion carrion. Since they are solitary hunters and small in size, their prey is limited to birds and smaller mammals and... read more

Owl - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Owls

General Information   Owls are a group of predatory birds that belong in the order Strigiformes. Most owls are solitary and mostly nocturnal, with some exceptions, such as the Northern Hawk Owl. Owls have acute visual and hearing senses. Their eyes have a large retina that can create a spatial image even in darkness. Owls have asymmetrical ear placements which gives them special hearing abilities for easier tracking of prey and they have the ability to swivel their heads over 270 degrees. They are characterised by their small beaks, large yes and wide faces. There... read more

Skunk - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Skunks

General Information and Description    Skunks (also known as polecats in the USA) are medium size mammals, probably best known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant odour. There are four species of skunks: the hooded skunk, the striped skunk, the spotted skunk and the scarce hog-nosed skunk. The most common of the four being the striped skunk. Skunks' eyes and ears are small and though their vision is bad, they have a keen sense of hearing. Skunks are members of the weasel family and spotted skunks look similar to weasels because they are... read more

Mites - Chicken Pests - How To Protect Your Chickens From Mites

    Mites   One of the most common problems encountered when raising and keeping poultry is mites. They can be introduced by wild birds or visiting rodents, or get picked up when your birds get into contact with other, infested, birds at places such as poultry shows, sales or auctions. There are several kinds of mites that will infest your birds. Infestations can cause a reduction in egg laying, pale combs and wattles, anaemia and in extreme cases, or with very young birds, death. Infestations also cause feather loss, usually on the back, because the chicken... read more

Breed Template

Chicken Breed Info: Breed Purpose: Comb: Broodiness: Climate Tolerance:   General Egg Info: Egg Productivity: Egg Size: Egg Color:   Breed... read more

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