Responsible Ownership2020-06-15T09:40:08-07:00

Responsible Ownership

Being a responsible owner involves more than knowing how to take care of your birds. It also includes following your city’s regulations for poultry and being a good neighbor. This section will include:
  • Debunking common myths about bird ownership
  • Finding your city’s regulations about poultry ownership
  • How to sell your eggs

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Protecting Your Backyard Flock with Fencing

You’ve put a lot of time and effort into raising your own backyard chickens. Of course, part of raising your own flock is protecting them from other animals and predators (dog, cats and racoons alike…). Whether your preference for your birds free-range or live inside an enclosure, fencing is imperative to their protection from the outside world. Below we will discuss a few different types of fencing, and their pros and cons.   Chicken Wire Although chicken is in the name, this is one of the least successful fencing materials to protect your backyard chickens. The thin wire is

Foods Toxic to Chickens

What NOT to Feed Your Bird Many backyard chicken owners will give their feathery friends a multitude of treats or table scraps without hesitation. Although some foods that we eat are also edible for chickens, it is important that you don’t mistakenly feed them any foods that are toxic to them but safe for humans. When considering if a food item is safe for chickens, you must consider the food item itself and the factors that may contribute to the toxicity of the food. Below is a list of toxins dangerous for all bird species, not just poultry.  

Preparing For Disaster

Disasters can hit at any time and, as luck would have it, they seem to occur when you least expect or can least afford them. From tornadoes that ravage the Midwest and South to the recurring and intensifying cycle of wildfires and floods along the Pacific coast, disasters have devastating consequences for humans and animals alike. Emergency plans rarely take animals into account and almost never consider backyard poultry. In this article, we’ll discuss how to best prepare to care for your backyard chickens when in anticipation of a disaster.   Know The Dangers In Your Area Understanding how specific

Promoting Positive Behaviors and Reducing Negative Behaviors

Whether you are a chicken, parrot, parakeet or human, we are all products of our environment. If you have an environment that has adequate shelter, food and water, most likely you and your pet birds will be happy and healthy.   Promote Positive Behaviors Just like with human kiddos it’s good to offer enrichments at an early age. No matter what type of pet bird(s) you have, try to make sure your birds can do the following:   Fostering foraging/pecking/scratching Foraging and scratching (when birds look for food by “scratching” the ground with both feet) for food is a

Digestive Issues in Chickens

We all want to make sure our chickens are happy and healthy. Just like us humans, diet and nutrition are essential for the overall health of chickens. The following article focuses on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of chickens and how best to keep our birds happy and healthy with respect to diet and nutrition.   Gastrointestinal Tract of a Chicken From start to end, a chicken’s digestive tract is quite different than our own, though there are some analogous parts between our two species. The chicken picks up food with its beak and secretes saliva to help moisten the

Considerations for Selling Eggs

You may have noticed more farmer’s markets and restaurants that source fresh products from surrounding areas since many people have recently refocused on “eating local.”  As part of this interest, many want to buy fresh, local eggs. The benefits of taking part in the buying or selling of these local fresh eggs include increased agriculture region awareness, socialization, and togetherness within your community.   If you have laying hens, you may be thinking about gathering and selling your eggs to meet your area’s demand for fresh eggs. This article discusses what you need to know before selling your eggs to

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