Maintaining A Healthy Flock

Raising chickens requires proper care. Learn how to maintain your flock so they remain healthy, safe, and happy.

Many of a start with just a few chickens and then quickly learn that we want to add more to the flock. Here's how to do that properly and safely
Are your hens escaping your yard? You may need to clip their wings. Learn how to safely perform this process and this article.
Before free-ranging your chickens there are some steps you should take to make sure your flock gains the most benefits from free-ranging, that they remain safe, and that they return to the safety...
Approximately 2% of all chicken eggs has some defect, ranging from minor, barely noticeable faults to downright alarming deformities.
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.
Although many people may say egg eating is impossible to break, and to just cull the hen, in many cases this is not true.
This section provides information about diseases specific to poultry. BYC makes no guarantee as to the validity or effectiveness of any information presented here.

Avian Pox...
These pages provide information about some of the predators & pests that might impact your backyard chickens.
A guide to understanding and dealing with roosters and their behaviour
Keeping your chickens healthy
A year ago I started my chicken venture. My Dear Husband, in all his doubting, was happy to finance my insanity. Me, armed with my Green Horn Book of Knowledge, felt that every flock should have...
Crops And Their Story - Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treating Crop Issues
Just as a dog or cat will occasionally need its nails trimmed, you may find your chickens will occasionally need their nails trimmed. Though this may sound like a scary task, it is all quite...
When we all order a shipment of chicks from a hatchery, most offer optional vaccination for Marek's disease. You may have known nothing about the disease and are wondering what the risks versus...
Here's what I've found works to point the girls back toward the nestboxes.

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