Do Backyard Chickens Attract Rats and Other Rodents?

If you’re entertaining the idea of raising a few backyard chickens, there’s a good chance you’re concerned about them attracting rats, mice and other rodents. But do backyard chickens attract rats? Fact is, I’ve found that backyard chickens themselves don’t attract rats. What attracts rats, mice and other vermin is the chicken feed and other […]

How to Clip a Chicken’s Flight Feathers (Easily and Safely)

Lisa lived in a development and had a large, fenced-in backyard for her chickens to free-range during the day. The wooden fence between her and her neighbor’s yard was 6 feet tall. Everything was going great until one day, one of Lisa’s chickens decided to explore the other side of the fence. Chickens, depending on […]

How To Hatch Eggs With A Broody Hen (Tips and Advice)

Tips For Hatching Eggs With A Broody Hen Certain varieties of hens become broody quite easily while others may take a bit of prompting to get into the broody kind of mood. Hatching your very own baby chicks is delightful and extremely rewarding, not to mention very economic. You know just what breed of chicken […]

How To Stop A Hen From Being Broody (6 Tips to Break the Cycle )

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Have you ever noticed how grass will grow in all the places you don’t want it and how you have to go to great pains to get it to grow in places you do want it, like your lawn?  Well, broody chickens are very similar. They go broody at all the wrong times and when […]

Chicken Coop Necessities | What To Put In a Chicken Coop

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With so much stress being placed on eating right and finding organic food and free-range eggs, it makes perfect sense to raise chickens in your backyard. There is no greater joy than collecting fresh eggs produced by your very own chickens. To “raise them right” you need to keep your chickens safe, comfortable, and happy. […]

Do Chickens Eat Grass (And Grass Clippings)

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Do Chickens Eat Grass? A research study published by Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems studied the effects of raising chickens on pastures for better egg and meat production. The answer to the question “Do chickens eat grass?” is a resounding yes.  Commercial farmers reported many benefits from raising chickens on pasture grass. Your backyard chickens […]

Can You Feed Table Scraps to Chickens? (What’s Safe and What’s Not)

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Can You Feed Table Scraps To Chickens? As a child, nothing from our table ever went to waste. As my mom chopped and prepared dinner, every vegetable scrap was recycled. When dinner was finished, we scraped all our leftovers into the “chicken bucket”. The chickens were the most excited when they saw heading to the […]

How to get Rid of a Rooster When It’s Not Wanted

What To Do With a Rooster When It’s Not Wanted Raising backyard hens is a joy. Unfortunately, the rooster component may not be as enjoyable for many folks. Some might even say they’re a necessary evil and that at times they can be a nightmare. However, this is not to say that it’s impossible to […]

Do Chickens Eat Ticks? (How To Control Ticks Naturally)

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Do Chickens Eat Ticks? How To Control Tick Population With Backyard Chickens According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), 1,328,002 people were tested for Lyme’s Disease last year. 57,941 of those people tested positive. If you live in an area where you can raise chickens, you also live within reach of ticks.  Fortunately, chickens […]

How To Stop a Dog From Killing Chickens (7 Actionable Tips)

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How to Stop a Dog from Killing Chickens Raising chickens is extremely rewarding. First-time chicken farmers tackle the hobby with vigor and enthusiasm not anticipating some of the unforeseen problems. An extremely unfortunate experience for some chicken owners is when they send the flock merrily on their way to free-range only to have their chickens […]