What’s That Lump On My Chicken’s Chest? Does It Have A Tumor?

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Every now and then, there are things that happen with my chickens that just make me shake my head in disbelief. From hens that suddenly start crowing to chickens that all of a sudden start laying their eggs in strange places, these fun backyard companions can sometimes be a bit of a mystery. One such … Read more What’s That Lump On My Chicken’s Chest? Does It Have A Tumor?

Chicken Coop Ventilation and Why It’s Critical

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The coop is supposed to be a safe and healthy place for your chickens to live. In order for them to be healthy you need to allow for ventilation. With a poorly ventilated coop, your chickens can develop respiratory problems. Without proper ventilation the ammonia from the chicken droppings will accumulate and cause breathing problems … Read more Chicken Coop Ventilation and Why It’s Critical

20 Clever and Free Ideas to Feed Your Chickens

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Most homesteaders choose to keep chickens as part of an effort to put quality, humanely raised, and incredibly inexpensive food on the table. Whether you are raising chickens (and other poultry birds) for their meat and eggs or solely for the eggs, doing so as cheaply as possible helps the birds pay for themselves over … Read more 20 Clever and Free Ideas to Feed Your Chickens

Chicken Buying Guide: Where and How to Find Healthy Chicks for Your Flock

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Adding to your poultry bird flock during the twice annual chick days event – or any time, is always an exciting event. So exciting in fact, some folks enter “chicken addiction” mode, and forget to carefully look over each baby bird before agreeing to purchase. Even those rare folks who can resist the urge to … Read more Chicken Buying Guide: Where and How to Find Healthy Chicks for Your Flock

19 Chicken Coop Must-Haves for a Happy Flock

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Keeping your flock both happy and healthy begins and ends with coop setup and maintenance. Even if you free-range your poultry birds daily like I do, the attributes of the coop still play a significant role in the overall demeanor and wellness. You will need to provide not just the basics (food, water, and bedding), … Read more 19 Chicken Coop Must-Haves for a Happy Flock

The Wyandotte Chicken Breed – A Review

WYANDOTTE chickens

If you’re a homesteader now or aspire to be one, sooner or later you’re going to start a backyard chicken flock. If you’re planning on getting those chickens soon, you should start thinking about what kind of breed you’d like to get. The so-called dual-purpose birds, which lay eggs reliably and also grow big enough … Read more The Wyandotte Chicken Breed – A Review

Cheap DIY Chicken Coop – Turn a Rabbit Hutch into a Hen House

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Building a chicken coop doesn’t have to cost either a lot of money or a lot of time. This DIY chicken coop is predator-proof, extremely spacious, takes only a full day to create, and costs less than $300. If you have scrap wood and/or wire stockpiled on your homestead, the cost of building this rabbit … Read more Cheap DIY Chicken Coop – Turn a Rabbit Hutch into a Hen House