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Are your hens escaping your yard? You may need to clip their wings. Learn how to safely perform this process and this article.
Planning on raising backyard chickens? There's lots to know, but don't worry, we've got you covered. Learn the basics in this article!
You're the proud owner of a little "fuzz-butt"... now what do you do to keep it warm, happy, and healthy?
We've been amazed at how many common every-day sayings originated from people who owned and raised chickens.
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Incubating and hatching eggs is one of the most enjoyable aspects of chicken keeping. Learn more about this amazing process!
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The chicken nesting box is where your hen will do her most important work, so make sure it's a place in which she'll feel comfortable.
Membership on BYC is completely FREE (click here to join)! As a free member you'll see fewer ads (for example, the anchor footer ad at the bottom of the screen is removed) and be able to interact with our community. You can see more benefits of being a free member below. Click here to join BYC! Membership Upgrades / Premium Feather Membership: Over the years we've received requests from our chicken forum members that would like do have the ability to turn off all advertising, receive...
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) of raising a flock of BackYard Chickens.
Avian pox is a relatively slow-spreading viral disease in birds, characterized by wart-like nodules on the skin and diphtheritic necrotic membranes lining the mouth and upper respiratory system.
Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognised non-domesticated chicken predators.
From Message Board member Kent in WA: "You can make free waterers and feeders for about $4. Check at your local grocery store. If they have a deli or bakery then ask for their buckets. My local Albertsons has all the free buckets you'll ever need. I've picked up a couple dozen 2.5 - 5 gallon buckets. Buy a 20 inch plastic planter base ($4) and drill 1" holes all the way around the base of the bucket. Bolt the planter base to the bucket. 5 gal bucket will hold about 40 lbs of feed. If you...
I now incubate fewer eggs each year and have more chicks that I did when I was incubating several hundred each year for myself, though most of what I hatch today is for other people.
The red fox is a quick, skilful hunter and known chicken predator
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