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Which Treats are Okay for Your Flock?

Keeping chickens is a great way to reduce food waste in your home. Many table scraps can be taken out to your coop and given as treats to your flock. As with all animals, there are some foods that are fit for human consumption that may be dangerous to your chickens’ health. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the goods that are great for your flock and which ones you should simply take to the compost bin. The Good: Fruit: bananas, apples, berries, and watermelon are fantastic treats to give to your chickens. The vitamins and nutrients in these fruits supplement your chicken’s feed. Cabbage: In addition to being a nutritious snack, many chickens enjoy playing with cabbages....

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Keep Your Flock Laying With These Tips

The most common reason that people establish chicken coops, whether in a backyard, or out on a farm, is to get a regular supply of eggs. When the hens stop laying, the investment often feels like a waste of time and resources. While we believe that chickens are great companions and pets, and add more to your life than just a steady supply of eggs, we understand the frustration that comes when your hens stop laying. Here are a few ways you can help your hens keep laying throughout the year. Manage Their Diets The key to healthy egg production is often found in your chickens’ diets. Good chicken feed will contain the right amounts of protein, vitamins, fiber, and...

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Don't Let the Summer Heat Hurt Your Chickens!

Summer is here with a vengeance, and many parts of the country are experiencing record high temperatures and intense dry spells. While you may be able to retreat into an air conditioned home to cool down after doing yard work, your chickens are not as lucky. Keeping them cool is incredibly important during the summer months. Today, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can transform your yard into a chicken coop paradise. Ice Water Just like people, chickens need to stay hydrated, especially during hot days. Adding ice to their water bowls is an excellent and easy way to help them stay cool. Also, consider adding several small dishes of water around the yard. This will ensure...

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5 Myths About Keeping Chickens

It seems like there are a never-ending supply of myths about keeping backyard chickens. If you’re thinking about setting up a chicken coop, you’ve probably already heard a good number of them. Today, we’ll take a look at 5 of the common myths about chicken keeping, so you’ll know how to respond the next time someone questions your chicken coop. Myth #1: Chickens are Dirty All animals are at least somewhat dirty. After all, they spend the majority of their time outside. However, chickens are no dirtier than your dog after he rolls in your yard. However, chickens can become dirty and smelly over time, especially after periods of neglect. Like any living creature, your chickens will thrive best when...

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What do Chickens Teach Kids?

Growing up on a farm is always an enriching experience, teaching responsibility, the value of hard work, and the importance of caring for others, whether animal or human. Sadly, not everyone is fortunate enough to have livestock right outside their front door, but more and more people are starting to invest in backyard chicken coops, creating their own urban farming paradise right in the heart of the city. While your child won’t have to pitch hay down from a hayloft, teaching them to care for your backyard flock can instill a number of important lessons that can shape the way they see the world. Where the Food Comes From Most people start raising chickens for the purpose of having a...

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