Maintaining A Healthy Flock

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

When nature gives you aggressive chickens, make chicken casserole. My account of an aggressive rooster and my “respectful harvest” of him.
For many people, keeping chickens cool during those ridiculously hot summer days is a challenge. When using this method, you might not even need shade. It requires no electricity, no management,...
Just as school officials often overlook the importance of dealing with the victim of bullying in a school situation, we chicken folk often neglect the importance of dealing with the victim of...
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...
This article will discuss how you can keep a happy and healthy flock, without free ranging.
This article provides a general overview of what to expect if your hen or rooster is dying of old age.
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Teflon) is a substance used to coat shatterproof heat lamps that gives off toxic particulates at high temperatures.
Most chickens are known to be egg-laying machines while others aren't, But do you ever notice that one of your birds is really slowing down or isn't laying at all? There may be multiple reasons...
This article will help you get the most out of your laying hens and help you identify factors that can influence egg laying.
There are a lot of different opinions on roosters. Some people hate them and think them the devil, some think that roosters can never be our friends or pets, some think that they're unintelligent,...
Chickens have a natural pecking order that, once established, can wreak havoc once a new hen or roo is introduced. That's why when you bring your new bird(s) home, you need to take extra care...
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...
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 flock owners keep hens as either pets, or for their eggs, the latter being the highest priority.
What a Chicken’s Comb Can Indicate The comb, or the red crown atop a chicken’s head, can indicate many things. But before we look at these things, let’s see what the chicken’s comb’s purpose is....
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