Articles from cluckcluckgirl

Faced with this issue recently, I was struggling in my mind to think of the most humane way to put my suffering hen out of her misery. She was one of my sweetest hens, and I could not bring myself to do some methods of euthanization. So, I did some thorough research and found out there are many ways to let your chicken pass peacefully. But first off, let's discuss when to and when not to euthanize. When it may be Best to Euthanize The times when euthanasia may be best include (but are...
If you are considering whether or not to raise chickens, what the disadvantages of raising them are, as well as the benefits of raising them are, this article could be of much help.
As the fall and winter months roll in, daytime and egg production decreases. In addition to the daylight decrease, other factors may affect your chickens' egg production as well. You may ask yourself, "What is it about the daylight difference and this time of year that slows egg production?" or "How can I increase my chickens' egg production?" The solutions are relatively easy and has boosted my chickens egg production by a large margin. So what about daylight? Chickens require 14 hours of...
Bumble foot is an infection in a bird's foot that, if left untreated, can lead to crippledness or death.
What better pet than one that comes up to you, follows you around, and lays a tasty treat? If you haven't caught on, I'm talking about chickens here. When handled properly, most chickens can become quite friendly, smart, and sociable. As I've learned through the years, there is most certainly an art to socializing your chickens and while it is simple in some ways, it can be very difficult in others. Why socialize? That's a very reasonable question. After all, media typically shows...
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...
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...
It's something just about all chickens work and figure out- the pecking order. Now what exactly is the pecking order, is it necessary, and should you encourage it? First, lets take a look at what the pecking order is. The pecking order is a ranking among chickens in a flock to see who is higher up in the order than others. Commonly, two chickens come up to each other, flare their feathers, bump into each other, and try to look tall, and the first one to walk off is lower in the pecking...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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....
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