Advantages (And Disadvantages) Of Free Range Chicken Farming

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Advantages (And Disadvantages) Of Free Range Chicken Farming I have many charming memories of my grandparents’ farm. Growing up, I remember huge flocks of chickens, of all different colors and varieties, happily pecking at gravel in the driveway. For water they’d tootle over to the pond, where they could drink freely before going and exploring […]

Top 5 Hawk Deterrents For Chickens | How To Protect Your Flock!

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Top 5 Hawk Deterrents For Chickens (Protect Your Flock From Predators!) Imagine this: your chickens are outside, doing their chicken thing. They happily peck at grass, bugs, and feed until suddenly disaster strikes. In swoops a hawk, attacking one of the chickens or carrying off a pullet in its talons. If you’ve got chickens in […]

Can Chickens Eat Mango? (And Its Benefits!)

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While I was studying abroad in El Salvador, I was assigned to work with a women’s entrepreneurship group. The idea was that by empowering women and teaching them about how to grow a business they would be more empowered to lift their families out of poverty.  The woman I advised had a fabulous idea. She […]

Can You Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other With Vinegar?

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Can You Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other With Vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is one of those superfoods that we hear about all the time. We hear about it in the news, online, and from friends. If you know some folks who have chickens, they’ve probably also touted the benefits of the stuff for chicken […]

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 […]

Can Rabbits And Chickens Live Together?

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Can Rabbits And Chickens Live Together? If you have a small space to raise animals, chickens and rabbits might seem like the perfect match. After all, a chicken run seems like a great space for a bunny to hop around to its heart’s delight. Any time two animals share a space though, it’s important to […]

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 […]

Will Skunks Eat Chickens (And Do They Eat Chicken Eggs?)

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Will Skunks Eat Chickens (And Do They Eat Chicken Eggs?) For the average homeowner, skunks are smelly but otherwise harmless creatures that will occasionally make their dens a little too close for comfort. Usually, when we think of skunks, it is as a relatively harmless mammal. Sometimes they’re even kind of cute. But owners of […]

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 […]