How To Raise Broiler Chicks

If raising broilers from chicks, pay special attention to feeding and housing to ensure you raise a healthy flock.

How to Incubate and Hatch Chicken Eggs

If you’re up for a new chicken-keeping challenge, incubate and hatch your own clutch of eggs instead of purchasing live chicks from a hatchery.

5 Common Brooder House Mistakes

Raise a healthy flock right from the start by maintaining an ideal environment in your chicks’ brooder house.

Why I’m Totally Into Chicks

The hens in our charter flock turned me from chicken agnostic to borderline obsessed. The Girls, as we call them, have officially achieved family status.

When Pecking Orders Collide

The chicks are almost 6 weeks old. They don’t know much more than how to eat, drink, forage and fly, and they approach mere acquaintances with too much familiarity. They lack social graces and respect for their elders, which the older hens won’t hesitate to teach. The chicks are still not allowed to free-range like […]

3 Hang-Ups in Moving Chicks Outside

I’m a person who likes to prepare. Research, studying, and compiling information is a joy, and when I took up raising chickens, it was the preparation that convinced me I was ready for the hobby. But no matter how much I prepare, there’s always something I don’t know until I jump in. Usually, it’s something […]

How to Let Your Backyard Chickens Forage

Last week, when I’d take the chicks outside to their makeshift playpen—a 4-by-8-foot rabbit guard fence we built to keep the hens out of a raised garden bed—the chicks were afraid of the big world, snuggling up together in a corner or trying to escape. Yesterday, though, I saw a sudden change in their behavior. […]

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Breaking Broody

My solution to help a broody hen find her purpose.

Chick in Distress

Courtesy Rachel Hurd Anger One of the two Buff Orpingtons I’m raising to pullets for a friend is the runt of the flock. Upon opening the shipping box, the day-old chick was visibly in distress. As the others moved freely and excitedly, this Buff sort of leaned against the wall of the box. My kids […]

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