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Chicken Treat Chart The Best Treats For Backyard Chickens

CHICKEN TREATS This is a list of everything you can feed a chicken. However, everybody's chickens have their own tiny brains full of likes and dislikes, so while one person's chickens may come running for grapes or watermelon, another person's chickens may turn up their pointy little beaks at it. Anything on this list is worth a try. Your comments are welcome - please post them on At the bottom of the page are things you should avoid feeding your... read more

How To Raise Backyard Chickens In Your City - The Basics Of Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens 101 So, you're interested in raising chickens?  You've embarked on a fun and exciting journey! BYC (BackYardChickens) is FULL of great information. If your question isn't answered in our Learning Center Articles then we promise there is an answer on our chicken forum.   Below are the absolute basics of raising chickens. For more detailed information please explore the rest of the site and join our forum.    Why Raise Chickens? Easy and inexpensive to maintain (when compared to most other pets) Eggs that are fresh,... read more

How To Incubate & Hatch Eggs - Just 21 Days From Egg To Chicken!

  How To Hatch Chicken Eggs   Related tutorials: How-To #2: The First 60 Days   General Hints  First things first - eggs should hatch in 21 days, though some may hatch a day or 2 early and some a day or 2 late, after the incubation period began. A "day" is counted as a full 24 hours, so Day 1 would be the first 24 after setting the egg, Day 2 the next 24 hours etc. If you set eggs on a Monday, it's usually a safe bet that they will hatch on a Monday, 3 weeks later.   Select clean, even shaped, undamaged eggs for incubating. If possible, do not store... read more

Homemade Chicken Feeder & Waterer Designs & Pictures

Building a Treadle Feeder Auto Waterer Fang Dangled Automatic Waterer Autofill Bucket Waterer Automatic Wood Chicken Feeder LRG's Chicken... read more

How To Raise Baby Chicks - The First 60 Days Of Raising Baby Chickens

  Raising Baby Chickens - The First 60 Days   Related Tutorials: How-To #1: Hatching Eggs   Brooders   The chick's first home will be the brooder. For brooder designs and ideas see our chicken brooders section. The size of the brooder will depend on the number of chicks you have. Aim for at least 2.5 sq feet per chick, if possible, more is better. The bottom of the brooder should have a layer of clean litter (pine shavings or similar). For very small chicks paper towels over wood shavings is recommended. Newspaper is slippery underfoot and can cause foot... read more

Interesting Facts About Chicken Eggs

Have you ever wondered how a hen can lay an egg every day? Why some eggs are brown and some eggs are white? How many days an egg takes to hatch?   Here are the answers to those questions and many more.   Hens and eggs Female chickens are called pullets for their first year or until they begin to lay eggs. For most breeds, around 20 weeks is a typical age for the first egg. Some breeds lay eggs daily, some every other day, some once or twice a week. Some individual hens never lay eggs, due to narrow pelvises or other anomalies. Normal laying... read more

Homemade Chicken Brooder Designs & Pictures

amferro103's Brooder mtullis's Brooder the-brooder-pen my-brooder         Purplegoanna's... read more

Homemade Chicken Egg Incubator Designs & Pictures

The GopherBator toxo's Incubator als-homemade-cabinet-incubato chic-chick-bator         Elwood Lightfoot's... read more

Pictures Of Chicken Nesting Boxes - How To Build A Nest Box

      Chicken nesting boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The basic idea is to have a dry, clean and relatively dark area where your hens can lay their eggs. Here are some of the basics for a good nesting box:   One nesting box for every 2-4 hens. Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably. Usually 12 x 12 x 12 inches is adequate, but building bigger is usually a good idea. Nesting material: Many people use either wood shavings (pine usually) or straw. We personally suggest dry wood shavings over straw. Often a roost... read more

Housing And Feeding Your Chickens

  Chicken Coops - Designs & Pictures   Homemade Chicken Feeders & Waterers   Space Needed Per Chicken / Sq. Feet   Deciding to Free Range Your Flock Tractors vs Permanent Coops   Tractors vs Permanent - Pros & Cons Chicken Treat Chart   Reducing Feed Costs Nesting Boxes   Using Sand in Your... read more

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