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  • 10 of the Best Chicken Breeds for Eggs
    October 29, 2020

    10 of the Best Chicken Breeds for Eggs

    Just like cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals, chickens come in a variety of breeds that have been selectively developed over time to produce specific traits. The result is that some chicken breeds are better suited to certain tasks than others. If you're looking for a chicken breed that will excel at egg production, then you're in luck! Here are 10 of the best chicken breeds for producing eggs.

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  • There are many types of chicken feed to choose from. Here's how to choose the right one for your flock.
    October 6, 2020

    9 Types of Chicken Feed Explained

    Domesticated animals depend on their owners for many basic needs: shelter, warmth, protection from predators, water, and of course, food. In order to stay healthy and productive, chickens require a diet that properly balances several essential nutrients.

    This is partly because they have been selectively bred over the centuries for egg and meat production.1 This diet requires a fairly involved process of blending various grains and other ingredients. While you could literally make your own chicken feed from “scratch" (pun intended), this can be challenging. Many chicken owners prefer to use a commercially produced feed designed to provide a healthy and well-rounded diet for their flock. This is known as a “complete" feed, and there are several different variations available.

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  • Did your hen just lay an egg without a shell? Here's why that sometimes happens.
    September 22, 2020

    Why Did My Chicken Lay an Egg Without a Shell?

    If you've been keeping chickens for a while, then going out to the coop and retrieving eggs from the nest boxes is routine—until you pick up an egg that isn't hard. Looking closely, you realize this egg appears not to have a shell. Surprise! Your chicken really did lay an egg without a shell. You may worry that something is wrong with your hen, or that you've done something wrong in caring for her. Don't panic! It might not be a big problem; let's take a look at what is happening.
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  • Is a pet rooster right for you? Here are 7 reasons to keep a rooster.
    September 16, 2020

    7 Reasons to Keep a Rooster

    If you own a flock of hens, you might be wondering if it's a good idea to add a rooster to the group. The answer will likely depend on a few key factors. Do you want fresh eggs for breakfast? Your hens will handle that just fine on their own—no rooster required. Does your town or city permit them? Not all neighbors are enthusiastic about the idea of frequent crowing, and some towns or neighborhood associations may have ordinances regarding roosters. Also, you may not want to keep a rooster if you have small children at home.
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  • How often do chickens lay eggs?
    April 27, 2020

    How often do chickens lay eggs?

    How often do chickens lay eggs? You might have a mental image of a hen sitting on a bunch of eggs, but does she lay them all on the same day? And does a hen produce eggs consistently all year long?

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  • We Stress Bought Baby Chicks
    April 16, 2020

    We Stress Bought Baby Chicks

    We stared at shelves labeled with egg price tags but no eggs. Eggs are an essential food for many people, and now there weren't any available since the COVID-19 social-distancing advice began. The day before the shelter-in-place became a requirement, my husband and I ordered six chicks. My thinking? “If we're stuck at home for weeks or even months, we should work on growing a potential food source."

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