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So your kids (or spouse) talked you into chickens. Now, one of the first questions that came up was probably: "How much is this going to cost?" The good news is chickens are really not that...
Everyone who has a small flock of chickens should raise mealworms, not because chickens need them, but because they love them.
Approximately 2% of all chicken eggs has some defect, ranging from minor, barely noticeable faults to downright alarming deformities.
Coccidia are a microscopic parasitic organism that infect poultry when ingested by the chicken.
I have seen a lot of posts lately about what color(s) a breed lays, so I made a chart to put them all together. If you have any pics to add, please submit them in the thread here:...
Using Sand as a floor covering in my coops has been one of the BEST decisions I have made in terms of how to properly care for my chickens; open-air coops is the other.
A chicken that is not provided with adequate enrichment and mental stimulation will be more inclined towards problem behaviors. Feather pecking, bullying, egg eating and even cannibalism are...
We've been amazed at how many common every-day sayings originated from people who owned and raised chickens.
Why are my hens not laying? Some common causes.
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.
Lice & mites can be a big problem. Learn more about this enemy and how to keep them off your chickens.
Why is ventilation such a big deal? Because chickens are amazing producers of moisture, ammonia and heat, that's why.
If you confine your chickens to a run, you are quite likely to have a mud problem eventually...
A list of information and Frequently Asked Questions about Marek's disease of chickens, as told from a backyard hobbyist point of view.
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.
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