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How to Raise Peafowl: Information on the Basics Peafowl are a beautiful bird whom people love to see. Their big, blue and green colors will take your breath away. They are one of the most detailed animals in the world. However, although gorgeous, peafowl are a lot of work. This article will show you the basics on caring for and raising peafowl as well as tips, facts and pictures. General Info History Peafowl are from the the family "Phasianidae." There are three species of peafowl. The...
A guide to hatching, raising and breeding peafowl.
Information on Molting Chickens Molting refers to the shedding of feathers. It is the natural process of losing and re-growing feathers. Most all birds do it including chickens. Molting is generally, not a pretty sight! In fact, it usually is hard to watch a chicken undergo a rough molt. Every chicken has about 8,500 feathers so losing them all is quite the ordeal! Chickens have two kinds of molts: the juvenile molt and the annual molt. Let’s take a look at when molting happens, how to help...
FROSTBITE IN CHICKENS In the frigid winter months we all worry about different aspects in our flock. Water freezing, eggs freezing, wind chills, etc. Frostbite is a big concern also. Frostbite can attack chickens in three, main areas; their combs, their wattles and their feet. The most common area effected is the comb. Some chicken breeds have smaller combs which helps prevent the probability of frostbite. But, all chickens can get frostbite. What is it? Frostbite can be defined as,...
What a Chicken’s Comb Can Indicate The comb, or the red crown atop a chicken’s head, can indicate many things. But before we look at these things, let’s see what the chicken’s comb’s purpose is. Its primary purpose is to act as a blood circulator. It helps keep the bird cool during hot weather. Vascular flow of the blood runs through the comb to the rest of body, expelling body heat and cooling the bird. Chickens hardy in hot weather will generally have larger combs, whereas chickens bred...
The pros and cons for raising peafowl.
Tips for Successfully Sexing Your Chicks Well, it’s that time of year. The chicks are in, we’ve fallen in love with their adorable appearances and peeping, we realize just how fun they are to keep…and we start asking the age old question: “What gender are my chicks??” Sexing birds is one hundred times harder than sexing most other baby animals. You normally can’t determine them upon birth/hatching but instead must wait many weeks until their gender becomes obvious. In this article, you...
Introducing New Chickens: Using the “See but don’t touch” Method Chicken keeping is addicting. Along the road of your own chicken raising adventure, you are bound to add new chickens to your flock. This cannot and should not be taken lightly. When new chickens are introduced to an old flock that already has an established pecking order, everything will be disrupted and chaos will flow out of the chicken coop. If they appear in the old flock suddenly, the new chickens will be attacked and...
Information on Chicken Eyesight Chicken eyesight is amazing! They can see better in color than humans, can detect and see light and color shades better than humans, have three eyelids, can move each eye independently and have a 300 degree field of vision without turning their head. How Chickens See Chickens see the same way we do. Light comes in through the cornea and iris and then stimulates nerve endings in the retina at the back of the eyeball. One of the big differences, however,...
Most chicken keepers these days have friendly, tamed chickens whom they consider to be pets. People see these chickens and are astonished! Who knew chickens could be such docile creatures! But how did they get to be that way? Were they hatched that way? No! It all depends on how the owner raises them. So how do you get your flock to be affectionate, lap lovers and sweeties? The answers lie below! Pick the Right Breeds First of all, before you start taming your birds, you have to pick the...
Happy hens lay healthy eggs. We all love those fresh eggs and do our best to get the most out of our hens. But sometimes we forget all the hard work hens put into making just a single egg. We forget that they like privacy and peace when laying an egg. And most of all, we forget nest box aromatherapy. Nest box aromatherapy is simple and makes a world of a difference. Hens who lay in a nest filled with herbs are generally relaxed, healthier and even happier than those who don't. Not only...
Nesting Boxes: Everything You Need to Know About These Coop Essentials While most chicken keepers are familiar with nesting boxes, some may not know of their importance and significance in the chicken coop. Many people think of a nest box as just that: a simple box birds use for laying their eggs inside. While this statement is in fact sound and accurate, nesting boxes are a lot more crucial and imperative for hens than you might think. Also, there are countless materials you can...
Apple Cider Vinegar and Garlic: Two of the best and natural essentials to keep your flock healthy Don't we always try to prevent problems before they start? When we start to feel a tickle in our throat we immediately start taking medicine and drinking tons of water. So, we don't like getting sick. Chickens don't either. They are keen experts at hiding signs of illness and injury since they are prey animals. They can't tell us when they have a tickle in their throat or when they otherwise...
DO'S AND DON'T'S FOR WINTERIZING (Photo courtesy of MyPetNugget.) When the cold weather strikes it's up to us to keep our flock safe and warm. Chickens fare better in cold than in heat but this does not mean we don't need to help them through the hard, cold, winter months. There are some very important things to do in order to keep the flock happy and comfortable in the winter. However, there are things that we do wrong sometimes. Below you will read the Do's and Don'ts for winterizing...
Many first time chicken raisers get confused as to what their chickens need to eat at their various stages of growth. I remember being absolutely baffled as to what I was feeding my chicks. Questions kept racing through my mind like "Are they growing correctly?" "What if this isn't the right feed." "Will it harm or possibly kill them?!" But, after doing lots of research and learning from my own experiences, I have discovered what is just right to feed at different ages. (Please know that I...
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