How Long Do Roosters Live (Tips For Increasing Rooster Longevity)

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How Long do Roosters Live? One of the most common questions I hear from readers is about the lifespan of their egg laying hens. What’s interesting is that I don’t get asked very often how long roosters live or what a roosters lifespan is.  Since roosters are an important part of your backyard flock, it’s […]

Can You Hatch A Store Bought Egg? (Everything You Need To Know)

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Can You Hatch A Store Bought Egg? If you’re hoping to bring a dozen eggs home from the supermarket and hatch some baby chicks, I’m sorry to tell you that it’s probably not going to happen. There have been some very rare instances where people picked up fresh eggs at a store and managed to […]

Can Male Chickens Lay Eggs? (Difference Between Male and Female Chickens)

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Can Roosters Lay Eggs? Some of you might be wondering if male chickens can lay eggs. Although males of all species generally don’t lay eggs, chickens are somewhat bizarre creatures, so it might make sense to ask this question if you’re unfamiliar with these birds. Male chickens are unable to lay eggs. Only female chickens […]

What Does Apple Cider Vinegar Do For Chickens (5 Uses For It)

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What Does Apple Cider Vinegar Do For Chickens (5 Uses For It Around The Coop) When you’re caring for your chickens, it can be nerve wracking to use products that have mysterious ingredients. There are not nearly as many cleaning supplies on the market that advertise safety for chickens as for pets like dogs and […]

What Time Of Day Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

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What Time Of Day Do Chickens Lay Eggs? Movies and tv shows that feature chickens would probably make us believe that chickens lay their eggs at night, gently popping them out in their sleep. If you have ever gone to your coop in the morning in search of eggs you experience may even confirm the […]

How Long Can Chickens Go Without Water (How Much Do They Need?)

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How Long Can Chickens Go Without Water: How Much Water Do Chickens Need? Owning chickens is a big job, and requires a lot of time and attention. If you are planning or have just started with your own coop, you might be concerned about what happens if you need to leave home for a day […]

Help! This Egg Has A Very Thin Shell! (Soft Shell Chicken Eggs)

What Does It Mean When A Chicken Lays A Soft Shell Egg? When Your “Crack” Is a “Splat”   It was a fine warm morning in July when I was ambushed by one of my many brothers.  On my way back from gathering eggs, he crouched in wait in the hayloft. As I passed unawares […]

How Often Do Chickens Molt? (Ultimate Guide To Chicken Molting)

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How Often Do Chickens Molt? (And How Long Do They Molt For?)   Why Are My Chickens Naked? You walk down to the coop to do chores, open the door, and see feathers everywhere! Your first suspicion is that critters got in and massacred your flock in the night, but upon further inspection all the […]

Do Chickens Really Sneeze? (Achoo!)

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Do Chickens Really Sneeze? When the subjects of chickens and sneezing are first brought up, most people’s first reaction is to say “Wait, that’s actually a thing that happens?!” I know it sounds a bit bizarre to think about something with a hard beak instead of a nose sneezing, but it’s actually a common concern […]