Maintaining A Healthy Flock

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

So you have found yourself in a predicament. You have had your heart captured by an innocent bird that wants nothing better than to lay her egg, cluck happily, run through the meadows chasing...
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...
This is an index of pages for information on raising and processing meat birds. Some of the links have graphic pics.
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...
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...
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.
Approximately 2% of all chicken eggs has some defect, ranging from minor, barely noticeable faults to downright alarming deformities.
A quarantine period when bringing new birds onto your property can lower the risk of you unknowingly infecting your birds with something nasty, and it's recommended that everyone invest the time...
Crops And Their Story - Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treating Crop Issues
Heat lamps have been shown to be incredibly unsafe and unhealthy for growing chicks. In this article, I discuss reasons why heat lamps are not ideal, and alternatives that can be used in their...
Most backyard flock owners will never experience dwarfism in their flocks, however, the genetic condition is quite interesting. There are several types of dwarfism in poultry, though this article...
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Teflon) is a substance used to coat shatterproof heat lamps that gives off toxic particulates at high temperatures.
When nature gives you aggressive chickens, make chicken casserole. My account of an aggressive rooster and my “respectful harvest” of him.
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...
Diagnosing the crop disorder A hen is behaving lethargically, not eating much, if at all, but she has a full crop. This is the first sign something's not right. The full crop points to this hen...
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