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About Poultry’s Past

Have you heard the one about when the chicken crossed the road… to domestication? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s a question many poultry fans have, but many don’t know how chickens got their start. Bird owners might not be aware of the fascinating history of our modern-day chicken, so read below for a scratch on the surface of the long and interesting history of poultry. According to Joseph Barber, author of

The Chicken and the Egg: Which Breed to Buy, and Why

If you’ve started the process of procuring poultry and choosing chickens, you’ve probably found yourself in need of some background on breeds. After all, there are LOTS of different kinds of chickens out there, and not all of them are created equal! The type of bird that best suits your needs will be determined by considering the following factors:  Your local temperature,  The size of the space available for your chickens to use & the

First Day Nerves: Introducing A New Bird To Your Flock

Adding a new bird to your flock takes a watchful eye and some trial and error. For chickens, in particular, flocks naturally have an established social hierarchy called the pecking order. Though chickens have different methods of communication, including using distinct calls and whistles, new members of the flock might be welcomed with aggression and some pecking. A bit of fighting and roughhousing should be expected while your chickens are figuring out how the new

A Beginner’s DIY Guide To Raising Chicks In A Brooder

Creating a safe space for your baby chicks to grow is essential for their well-being, and a brooder is the perfect route to provide this safe space. But, first things first, what exactly is a brooder? It is an artificial warm enclosure that is meant to keep chicks from the ages of 0 to 8 weeks safe and healthy until they are sufficiently feathered. Never set up a brooder before? That’s not a problem! Go

The Basics of Setting Up A Chicken Coop

So you’ve finally seen the perks of raising backyard chickens and decided to take the leap. We don’t blame you! After all, children love them (don’t worry, they are often kid-friendly) and they make for exciting companions. Plus, they are great little garden helpers! However, raising backyard chickens is certainly a step up from raising chicks, as they require a bigger and more secure home.  This home is often a coop and is where your

Chicken Body Language 101: Is Your Chicken Stressed?

Like us, your chickens can have bad days too. They can get angry, stressed, and even unhappy.  It can be difficult to figure out your chicken’s mood since they cannot communicate with the same language that we use. However, chickens display several signs that can help you figure out what is going on with them. We also have a few tips to help you understand your chicken better and what you can do to help

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