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Backyard Chicken Tools

During the uncertainty of the past year, interest in raising backyard chickens has grown. Whether you’re raising these compelling creatures for entertainment, bug control, or meat and eggs, there are a few tools, pieces of equipment, and crucial factor you’ll want to keep in mind or have on ...

How to Build a Chicken Tractor for Raising Broilers

A “chicken tractor” is a portable enclosure that allows backyard chickens to be rotated across a pasture in a controlled pattern. It also helps protect your flock from predators and provides shelter from severe weather. A viable chicken tractor must be durable, lightweight, animal ...

Raising Meat Chickens Without Feeding the Local Wildlife

There are two categories of chickens: layers and broilers. The layers lay eggs. The broilers are raised for meat. The layers are known for making lots of wonderful eggs. The broilers specialize in getting really large really fast. A layer hen can take more than seven months to reach maturity ...

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DIY Chicken Roost: How to Keep Your Chickens Safe

The noise was deafening and sounded as if our entire flock was under attack. We went running out to help and found in the chaos of feathers and squawks there was a weasel inside of our chicken coop. Luckily for us, the hens were all up safely on their roost yelling at the uninvited guest ...

Pests and Problems Chickens Face

In Eggs and Poultry Made at Home (Firefly, 2012) by Dick and James Strawbridge is an ideal read for poultry farmers. Learn more about what it takes to raise and keep poultry such as chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. If you have any questions about poultry this the book for you. Find this ...

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Keeping Chickens Cool During Summer

Believe it or not, in most cases it’s more difficult to care for chickens during the blazing heat of summer than it is during winter. Unlike us, for the most part chickens seem to take winter in stride. However, during the intense summer heat, you may notice that your chickens eat less, drink ...

Backyard Chicken Nutrition (Video)

When raising backyard chickens it is important to think of their nutrition, sick or poorly fed chickens will do you no good. A healthy, well fed chicken will have a beautiful coat of feathers and a robust body. To keep a chicken healthy you must make sure their diet is full of nutritious ...

What to Know to Begin Raising Chickens (Video)

Long-time flock owner Marsha talks with Hank Will about what anyone interested in raising a flock of backyard chickens should know. As with any animal, chickens require unique care. They grow quickly from chick to hen, so before you take in too many, make sure you have a large enough coop ...

Why Start Raising Chickens? (Video)

Since she wasn’t able to have goats or horses on her property, current flock owner Marsha first turned to raising chickens for help fertilizing her garden. Just by nature of roaming through the grass and plants, chickens can be useful when it comes to keeping your backyard garden ...

Backyard Chicken Tips (Video)

If you’re not allowed to raise large farm animals on your property, or you don’t have the room for them, consider raising chickens as an alternative. Chickens are small, loving animals who provide many of the same benefits as cows or horses, from laying fresh eggs to fertilizing your garden ...

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