Articles from TwoCrows

Do Poultry Mourn? It has long been known that Elephants do indeed mourn their fallen comrades as do Giraffes and Apes. But do poultry and others in the avian species mourn? It has been very easy for human kind to think that animals or birds don’t have the capacity to think so deeply as to mourn and possibly are responding to the fear of being eaten themselves or maybe they don’t even recognize the loss at all. But I beg to differ here. I think maybe...
We see it a lot here on BYC, "Help! My cuddly "Simon" the chick has grown up to be an aggressive monster! What do I do?!" The first step in dealing with an aggressive rooster is to learn why he acts the way he does. If we understand why he gets so feisty, learn how to get into his mind, then maybe we can make some changes in his behavior. And if nothing else, learn how to live with him in a safe manner. Not all roosters turn into monsters however, a good many of them remain sweet to their...
Beaks and Claws...every bird has them! Birds use their beaks for grooming, they explore their environment with their beaks, they can feel textures and temperatures with them, scratch in the dirt for bugs and dust bathing, preen their feathers, pick up objects such as food, nesting materials etc... The beak is like our hands and fingers! But just what are they made of, do they keep growing and what to do about them when they grow too long? Is it a Beak or a Bill? Birds don't have teeth like...
Egg Binding refers to a very serious condition in any female bird that has an egg stuck in the oviduct that she is unable to pass.
Whether you've just hatched your own chicks in your incubator, an ordered batch of chicks from the hatchery has just arrived or you brought home a box of fuzzy butts of joy from the feed store, if you don't have a broody in your coop to raise them you will need to brood and raise them yourself. This article will lightly touch on all subjects pertaining to brooding chicks yourself, I will leave links for further reading at the bottom of the page. What is brooding? Technically, brooding is...
What is a healthy coop? A healthy coop breeds healthy birds. It's one that offers your flock the best environment to thrive and live a healthy life. How much room do chickens need? Is my coop predator proof? Does it have enough ventilation for good health? What sort of bedding is best for my birds? Am I creating the best opportunity for my flock to thrive? I will touch lightly on many subjects in this article and because I am not going deeply into any of them, I will leave links for further...
Describe 'The Old Homestead Coop' here Recently, (2013) I decided to get my chickens out of the "Frost-Bite Motel" and into a REAL coop. This was my first coop build, as originally when I got started in chickens many years ago, I went with one of those pre-fab type coops and updated it a bit. It was a small, raised 2'x6' coop which I had to do much work to, to accommodate all my birds and allow for proper ventilation. However no matter how many slits and holes I put in the roof of this...
Housing Your Quail (This section pertains to all Quail except Button Quail which I will cover later.) Your Quail will need to be kept safe, secure and dry at all times. You can keep them in cages, pens, Rabbit Hutches or even aviary style. You can even keep them in small Chicken coops with an attached run. But no matter how you keep them, put a lot of thought into keeping them secure from predators. The very day you put your Quail out into their new home,...
Roosters crow but the hen delivers, eggs that is! Nest boxes sure can make our lives easier when it comes to collecting eggs. Egg hunting can be fun once a year at Easter time but who wants to go digging around on a daily basis in corners of the coop and bedding, outside under every bush or under the your porch! Chickens will lay their eggs just about anywhere they feel comfortable doing so and being creatures of habit, will continue to lay where they have laid in the past. Technically they...
Once you have decided you want to keep Quail, you will need to decide on a breed you wish to keep. Many factors can sway you to pick a certain breed depending on why you wish to keep them. They each have their wonderful characteristics and beauty, however some are easier to keep than others.
Leg, Foot and Toe Issues In Poultry Of All Ages SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT Table of Contents: Chicks: 1.1 Preventing Leg and Toe Defects in Chicks 1.2 Splay/Spraddle Leg 1.3 Curled Toes 1.4 Slipped Achilles Tendon in Hocks 1.5 Hock Abnormalities 1.6 Weak Bones 1.7 Stargazing Leading to Weak Legs Adult Birds: 2.1 Bumblefoot 2.2 Mycoplasma Synoviae 2.3 Scaley Leg Mites 2.4 Trimming Toe Nails 2.5 Trimming...
Your birds most precious possession is it's feathers. Each feather on a bird's body is a finely tuned structure that enables flight in some birds, help them show off to potential mates, blend into their surroundings, protect the skin and keep them warm. However after about a year, these delicate structures get worn out. Even the most careful preening will cause feathers to fray, feathers get crimped and thin from even daily activities such as egg laying, mating, brooding, etc... Feathers...
Just What Are Quail? Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds in the order of Galliformes. Old World Quail, or quail native to Europe and Asia are found in the family Phasianidea. And the New World Quail, or quail native to North and South America are found in the family Odontophoridea. Quail are a small, short tailed game bird resembling partridges but are smaller and stockier. 130 species in all,...
Hatching Quail Eggs (California Quail eggs after a hatch) Hatching Quail can be a fun and educational experience for the entire family. Since Quail are not as available as many of the other species of poultry, often this is the only way to increase the size your Quail flock. It is rare for Quail to go broody in captivity so an incubator will be needed. There is nothing more heartwarming than watching a...
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