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  • Not all chickens will lay eggs in the winter.
    January 17, 2024

    Best Cold-Hardy Chicken Breeds

    You like the idea of fresh eggs year round. But not all chicken breeds lay eggs in the winter — it's just too cold. But there are some chicken breeds that are better layers than others in wintry weather. Check out these breeds, as well as tips and tools to help make their winter more pleasant.
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  • Chickens have natural insulation, but they will need your help to stay warm at night.
    December 1, 2023

    How to Keep Chickens Warm at Night

    Winter's coming, and your chickens have a cozy coop outside. But is it enough to help chickens stay warm on wintry nights? Is there anything you can do (besides knitting socks) to help keep them warm? Our latest blog will help you know what you can do to keep your chickens warm at night.
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  • Starting an urban homestead is rewarding but can seem daunting if you're just beginning. Try these tips for success.
    March 15, 2023

    How to Start an Urban Homestead

    Do you dream of vegetable gardens even though you live in the city? Here's the good news: you can successfully homestead in urban areas and get many benefits. From chickens and compost to ducks and honey bees, our latest blog post explores 7 ways to start an urban homestead.
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  • Ducks need room to roam. Learn how much space ducks need in our latest blog.
    March 7, 2023

    How much yard space do pet ducks need?

    Dreaming of ducks? Before adding these comical birds to your hobby farm, be sure you have the proper space all set up! They need more room than a place to sleep at night. Learn what you need to know in our latest blog.
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  • Navigating the ducks vs. chickens debate? Both have pros and cons. Here's how to choose the right bird for your hobby farm.
    February 21, 2023

    Ducks vs. Chickens - What's a better fit for my homestead?

    Everybody loves chickens, but ducks are incredibly cool too. Both have their pros and cons, so how can you choose the best fit for your homestead or hobby farm? We'll explore lots of considerations in this new blog post and help you navigate the ducks vs. chickens debate.
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  • Understanding the life cycle of chickens is important to keep them happy and healthy through all stages of a chicken's life.
    March 29, 2022

    What is the Life Cycle of a Chicken?

    Living creatures grow and change throughout their lives. While some animal life cycles are more dramatic than others (looking at you, frogs and butterflies!), chickens undergo some major changes over time. If you're a new chicken keeper, it's important to...

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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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