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Raising Chickens 101 BYC (BackYardChickens) has TONS of fantastic information on all aspects of chicken keeping, combined with a wealth of experiences and knowledge shared by our community members. If your question isn't answered in our Learning Center Articles, we promise there is an answer...
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Chicken Idioms and other Funny Things We Say We've been amazed at how many common everyday sayings originated from people who owned and raised chickens. Who would have thought that the lowly chicken was so interwoven into our everyday lives? Below are some of our favorite chicken sayings...
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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. Membership Upgrades /...
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Raising Baby Chickens—The First 60 Days Getting and raising chicks is exciting and may even be a little nerve-wracking time for backyard chicken keepers. There are a few basic, but very important, things you can and should do to make this rewarding experience as hassle-free and enjoyable as...
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BackYardChickens.com is an amazing FREE resource for literally millions of people around the world. Maintaining a site as huge as BYC is expensive, so we rely on advertising and sponsors to keep the lights... er... servers on. We're incredibly lucky and thankful for the companies that support...
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The Top Reasons To Join BYC: Becoming a BYC member is FREE (click here) Fewer Ads Ask Questions - Get Answers Post Pictures / Show Off Your Chickens, Coop, etc. Create Articles & Reviews Join Contests Customization & Notification FREE Membership Membership on BackYard Chickens (BYC) is FREE...
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Graphic and text courtesy of "A Guide to Raising Chickens" by Gail Damerow. Wing clipping, the most common method of controlling the flight of backyard chickens, involves using sharp shears to cut off the first ten flight feathers of one wing. Clipping causes a bird to lack the balance...
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1. Should I buy sexed or straight run chicks? Straight run chicks are generally less expensive, but they are roughly 50% females and 50% males. Pullets have been sexed by the hatchery and are usually sexed 90% accurately. Most hatcheries or feed stores will refund your money or buy back the...
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How To Incubate and Hatch Chicken Eggs Incubating and hatching eggs is one of the most enjoyable (and addictive) aspects of chicken keeping and breeding. Nothing beats watching those little ones fight their way out of the eggs, after the 3 weeks of fretting and fussing and watching the...
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Chicken nesting boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and almost anything can be used as a nest box, from a bucket, to an old crate, to a storage box. The aim is to have a dry, clean and relatively dark (private) area where your hens can lay their eggs and feel comfortable doing so. Here...
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Hi Peeps! :frow Welcome to BackYardChickens.com website! There are a ton of exciting new features and areas of the site for you to explore. To help get started we suggest you watch this video that walks through the main parts of the site, especially the forum: Video "How To" Demo of...
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History of the BackYard Chickens website Back in 1999 a few baby chicks were brought home from a kindergarten class. Similar to the experience of hundreds of thousands of other children and their families, what started out as a fun project turned into a hobby and then into an obsession...
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Dry Incubation Used with permisson - By Bill Worrell As a student of poultry at age 14, I became fascinated with the breeding and hatching of eggs. Even when I only raised mixed breed chickens and ducks I was always trying to find ways to incubate eggs. I started my poultry hobby with a few...
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A Alektorophobia. Fear of chickens. American Standard of Perfection. A book published by the American Poultry Association describing each breed recognized by that organization. B Bantam. A miniature chicken, about one-fourth to one-half the size of a regular-sized chicken. Bantam...
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Bumblefoot surgery - with pics and "how to" Graphic but Informative Pics - By Ruth Unfortunately, I have had to do my share of bumblefoot surgeries. I'm often replying on others' threads that seek help and advice so yesterday while performing yet another "procedure" I thought I would...
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General Information Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognized non-domesticated chicken predators. Due to their adaptability raccoons are able to use urban areas as a habitat. Easily accessible refuse bins, fruit and nut trees and chicken coops are...
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Avian Pox (text courtesy of Mississippi State University, photos by BYC) 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. It has been present in...
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Registration & Membership Questions: Why should I join BackYardChickens.com? Where do I join BYC? Where is my account validation email? I'm having Trouble Logging In or Changing My Forum Password or Email I forgot my password. What should I do? How do I change my email address & and password...
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Diagram of a Chicken Related pages: Glossary Definitions Of Common Terms For BackYard Chickens, Chicken Faqs The Frequent Asked Questions Of Raising Chickens
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GENERAL INFORMATION The fisher cat (Martes pennanti), also known as the "pekan cat", or "black cat", is a large, dark coloured, furry member of the weasel family. These forest dwelling mammals are active year round and mostly during the dawn and dusk hours of the day. Fishers are generalist...
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