Articles from cluckcluckgirl

As a chicken owner, I want my chickens to be as happy as possible. Happy hens lay better eggs, too! My hens look much better than commercial hens, and the eggs cannot compare. So it's a true win-win scenario, my hens are happy and we are happy with their eggs. Having had chickens for 3 years and counting, I've observed what can make them happy. 1. Provide enough space. The preferred square footage of room in the coop per hen is 3-4 square feet, but more doesn't hurt! My chickens have 10...
So many of us know that there are many breeds of chickens, but which one is right for your flock? In this article, I will not be able to mention every chicken breed, but I will try to mention some of the main or popular chicken breeds. Ameraucana Eggs/week- about 3 Egg color- blue Cold hardy- yes Comb- pea Broodiness- average Behavior- can be...
In late March of this year, I bought an incubator because it was an amazing deal. Of course, being as impatient as I am, I started it up soon. I gathered together 7 eggs from my hens and rooster who really does his job. After a few days, I was discouraged because a couple eggs had stopped developing for an unknown reason. 2 more stopped developing a few days later. Around day 18, another 2 stopped. I had only 1 egg left, and it would rock and pip. This last egg was my only chance of...
Anatomy, while not something often thought of, is a major part of a chicken. Many people know where their own heart, lungs, stomach, and other body organs are located, but few know where a chicken's body organs are. Knowing the location of different parts of a chicken can help you identify illnesses and potential problems. Of course, a hen's body will be slightly different than a rooster's. It's a bit harder to get pictures of the inside of a chicken, so please excuse my lack of pictures....
Bumble foot is an infection in a bird's foot that, if left untreated, can lead to crippledness or death.
While I'll admit that I didn't carefully plan out all the details to my first batch of chickens, sometimes it can really help to plan it out. The news spreads fast that if you want the best eggs, look no farther than your own backyard! Hence, many people buy chickens initially for their eggs. However, there are many other purposes for chickens that may suit you well. Egg Laying Among one of the most popular reasons to get chickens is for their egg production. It's a very rewarding...
When I first started raising chickens, I had to do some research. Being new to chickens, I didn't exactly know what was or wasn't true. Did I really need a rooster for eggs? What is the health difference in different colored eggs? Am I eating a potential chick each time I eat the egg's yolk? There are so many myths about nearly everything in the world, and chickens definitely have many myths roaming around about them too. But what I find to be so amazing is that I actually believed most of...
The more I find myself becoming obsessed with chickens, the more I crave to know the bizarre facts about them. No matter how long I've owned chickens for, I never can know too much and I always want to know more about them. They are, without a doubt, some very interesting animals worthy of appreciation! While not all information may be new to you, likely at least one fact will be! Chicks Before hatching, a chick will absorb the yolk of the egg as a first food source A chick will start...
Hens can be expected to not lay on a schedule, though if you find they are laying significantly less or even not at all, something may be influencing them to do so. There are actually many factors that can cause a hen to decrease laying or stop for a while. Daylight It takes about 14 hours of sunlight for a hen to produce 1 egg. In the wintertime, daylight hours decrease, and so do the eggs. This is a very common occurrence. Some people prefer to add artificial lighting to trick the hen...
For those chicken owners who live in cold or windy regions, the thought of insulating your chicken coop has probably crossed your mind. You also may have asked yourself, "Why should I put time and labor into it when I have chickens that are capable of surviving extreme weather conditions?" or "How do I insulate it and how much would it cost?" It may be easier than you think. First of all, you may want to measure the dimensions of your coop that way you know how much insulation to buy. You...
The subject of training chickens is often brought up. "How do I do it? What can I teach them to do? How long will this take? Can you teach an old chicken new tricks?" Those are some pretty common questions. Many people teach their dog some tricks, but chickens can also be taught tricks. While some chickens can do outstanding tricks, teaching simple ones can be enjoyable to watch and not very time consuming. Most importantly, keep calm and gentle with them when you're around them. If you want...
Just as many chicken owners discover, chickens and other feathered friends may molt in the summer or fall. Some molting may be light enough so that it is barely even noticeable, but you may go in the chicken coop one morning or evening to what looks like a pillow explosion. Either way, this is perfectly normal during molting. However, during a molt, you may also need to help your birds get the proper nutrition. Here are some tips to help your flock during a molt. Be sure to supply them with...
Just recently I came to a realization of just how many chickens I've owned in the 4 1/2 years of raising them. For most of them, I have pictures, but some I do not. I've laughed, cried, gotten angry, and everything in between, but I just love raising chickens. The history- we originally thought of getting chickens because of how good people would say the farm fresh eggs are. I was in! In just a few months, we built a coop and got those first fluffballs. I had no clue what to expect!...
We bought Ginger and her friend Chester as pullets from a feed store. They were 2 of the 10 first chicks we ever raised. I came to learn that Ginger is a Partridge Plymouth Rock after I thought she didn't look like your everyday Rhode Island Red, and it turns out she's not! While I was putting Ginger in the brooder we had prepared for them, Ginger flew from my hand about 9" away from the bottom of the brooder. Poor Ginger was at the bottom of the pecking order as a young pullet, and was...
As fall evolves into winter, winter into spring, spring into summer, and so on, your coop may require modifications for each season. Your coop, which has been converted to maximize the comfort for your flock, needs to be altered for each new season. Winter Snow is falling, and inside you're nice and toasty. But what about your chickens? To keep your ladies happy and warm when it's cold outside, follow these tips: Install insulation. Make sure that no bare insulation is exposed, as chickens...
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