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Chicks Week-by-Week (Weeks 1-6)This page documents the growth and development of backyard pet chickens over a six week period. This is a page about chicks week-by-week (weeks 1-6).


Using Vaseline for Chicks with Pasty Butt - applying Vaseline to chick's bottom

Using Vaseline for Chicks with Pasty ButtBaby chicks can develop an accumulation of poop around their vent that can eventually prevent them from pooping if not carefully removed. This is a page about using Vaseline for chicks with pasty butt.


Chicken Feeder

Making a Chicken FeederThis is a page about making a chicken feeder. Buying a feeder for your chickens can be expensive, however with a few inexpensive items you can make your own.


chick on perch

How to Build a Brooder Box Perch for ChicksGiving your brooder chicks the opportunity to roost will give them a head start for life in the chicken coop. This is a page about how to build a brooder box perch for chicks.


Chicken Coop

Predator Proofing a Chicken CoopThis page is about predator proofing a chicken coop. Making sure your birds are safe from uninvited visitors will keep your hen house secure.


Preventing Snakes From Stealing Eggs

Preventing Snakes From Stealing EggsThis is a page about preventing snakes from stealing eggs. Many types of wildlife will gladly help you eat up your farm fresh eggs.



Dominique Chicken

Dominique Chicken Breed PhotosDominique chickens are a breed that was developed in the United States during the colonial period. The hens tend to be calm and quite personable a desirable trait in a layer. This page contains Dominique chicken breed photos.


A chicken sitting near her eggs.

Backyard Chicken EggsBackyard chickens can lay a variety of colored eggs depending on their breed. The colors are fun to see, but can also alert you to a health issue such as exposure to too much heat. Even before your hen has heat stroke she may begin to lay eggs of a different color.


Chicken Cooling Station

DIY Simple Chicken Cooling StationBackyard chickens often need a way to cool down during hot summer days. A DIY cooling station is simple to construct using supplies you probably already have. It will keep your chickens comfortable during hot weather.


Red chicken isolated on a white background.

Gingernut Ranger Information and PhotosThese sex linked chickens are a popular backyard breed. These red hens are friendly and inquisitive. The adult hen weighs about 5 pounds and is a prolific layer of large brown eggs. This page contains gingernut ranger information and photos.


Dog stealing a chicken egg with a rooster in the background.

Catching an Chicken Egg Thief?Unfortunately, a henhouse full of eggs is of interest to more than just foxes and raccoons. This is a page about catching an chicken egg thief.


Silkie Bantam - 7 Weeks - chick next to girl's leg

Silkie Bantam Photos and InformationThe silkie bantam is the most popular of the ornamental chicken breeds. They are sometimes called the lap kitty of the chicken world because of their sweet temperament. This page contains silkie bantam breed information and photos.


A white and a gray silkie chicken.

Silkie Chicken PhotosThis popular ornamental breed chicken is known for its fluffy plumage. This page contains silkie chicken photos.


Araucana hen and chicks.

Araucana Chicken Breed PhotosThis domestic chicken native to Chile, is known for laying blue shelled eggs. This page contains Araucana chicken breed photos.


chick feeder

Getting Ready to Raise ChicksPrior to bringing home your new chicks you will want to get all of your supplies and set out their brooder box. Then the fun begins. This is a page about getting ready to raise chicks.


Easter Egger - 7 Weeks - closeup of chick's head

Easter Egger Photos and InformationEaster egger chickens are not a true breed, but belong to a group of chickens that lay colored eggs including blue, green, and even pinkish. The chickens vary in color and form and are quite friendly and hardy. This is a page about Easter egger photos and information.


A proud hen strutting outside.

Hen Not Laying Eggs?Hens do not lay eggs year around, there are breaks during the colder months. Older girls also eventually stop laying. If none of these apply, you may want to check with a vet to make sure your hen is not ill or egg bound. This is a page about hen not laying eggs.


A chicken pen with a rooster inside.

Cleaning a Chicken Pen?Removing waste, old straw, nesting materials, and bedding are some of the things to attend to when cleaning your chicken coop or pen. Use caution if you choose to use cleaning or disinfecting products as they can harm the birds. This is a page about cleaning a chicken pen.


britetap on water cooler

How to Make an Insulated Chicken WatererKeeping your chicken water insulated from the weather can help maintain a relative temperature for your chicken's water. This is a page about using a britetap chicken waterer.


waterers in coop

Homemade Sports Bottle Chicken WatererHere is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure your chickens have water when they need it. This is a page about sports bottle chicken waterer.


Two chickens in the backyard garden.

Salmonella Concerns with Backyard ChickensThis is a page about salmonella concerns with backyard chickens. Salmonella is not just an issue with commercially raised chickens.



Chickens in the snow.  Two white and grey chickens are centered and two more chickens are in front of a hen house

Winter Care for Your ChickensThis is a page about winter care for your chickens. Chickens can use some special care during the depths of winter.


Chickens in a Garden

Benefits of Chickens for Your GardenThis is a page about benefits of chickens for your garden. The addition of chickens to your life can give you the freshest eggs, as well as fertilizer and some insect control in your garden.


red first aid bag

Stocking an Avian Emergency KitThis is a page about stocking an avian emergency kit. Birds like other pets may at times need emergency first aid, either to easily treat a manageable injury or illness or until you can get to the vet.


two backyard hens

Treating a Chicken With HeatstrokeThis is a page about treating a chicken with heatstroke. Knowing how to recognize and treat heatstroke can save your chicken's life.


chickens in their pen

Keeping Chickens Safe in Hot WeatherThis is a page about keeping chickens safe in hot weather. Hot weather can be a tough time for your chickens. There are several precautions you can take to keep them safe and comfortable when temperatures soar.


broody hen in nesting box

Dealing With a Broody HenThis is a page about dealing with a broody hen. Hens can periodically become broody, meaning that they don't want to get off their eggs. Broodiness is often also characterized by a moodiness and grumpy attidute.


Chicken Coop

Using Curtains in Your Chicken CoopThis is a page about using curtains in your chicken coop. Adding curtains to your chicken coop is more than just prettying up the place for the girls. There are some very practical reasons for taking the time to make this addition.


Couple Caring for Their Chickens

Caring for ChickensThis is a page about caring for chickens. When growing poultry for meat or eggs in your own backyard, you want to make it an enjoyable experience for your birds and your family.


Chicken Waterer

Making Your Own Chicken WatererThis is a page about making your own chicken waterer. You can save money or create the waterer that meets your special needs by making your own.


Chicken Feed On Grain Bag

Storing Chicken FeedThis is a page about storing chicken feed. Whether you use plastic buckets or other food storage systems, it is important to keep your bird food dry and pest free.


Heated Chicken Coop

Heating a Chicken CoopThis is a page about heating a chicken coop. Keeping your birds warm and healthy through the winter, can require an additional heat source.


Chicken Nesting Box

Getting Chickens to Lay in Nesting BoxThis is a page about getting chickens to lay in nesting box. Getting your hens to lay eggs in their nesting box helps to ensure that you get the maximum number of fresh clean eggs.


Chickens on a Chicken Perch

Building a Chicken PerchA perch gives your chickens a nice comfortable place to bed down at night. This is a page about building a chicken perch.


Rhode Island Red Chicken

Rhode Island Red Chicken Breed Information and...This is a page about Rhode Island Red chicken breed information and photos. The Rhode Island Red is a popular backyard bird, because of their hardiness and egg laying abilities.


chickens in winter

Insulating a Chicken CoopThis is a page about insulating a chicken coop. As you are planning your new coop, one question that comes to mind is how and if you should insulate the coop.



Chicken Coop

Building a Chicken CoopThis is a page about building a chicken coop. You have made the decision to raise backyard chickens. One of the first considerations is providing them with a coop. You can buy one or you may wish to build your own.


White Bantam Chicken

Bantam Chicken Information and PhotosThis page contains bantam chicken information and photos. These beautiful small birds make fun pets if you have the room.


Sussex Chicken

Sussex Chicken Breed Information and PhotosThis is a page about Sussex chicken breed information and photos. The Sussex chicken originated in southeast England where similar birds have existed for centuries. This breed is easy to raise and an excellent egg producer.


Chicken in the yard.

Biscuit (Chicken)This chicken's name is Biscuit (shortened from Biscuits and Gravy). We have 9 chicks and they have been fun to raise so far.


Feeding the Chickens - hen and chicks behind a wire pen

Feeding the ChickensI save my food scraps to give to my neighbor's chickens. Mama hen gets all excited when she sees me coming and from her actions, she's telling me to hurry up.


Using Vaseline for Chicks with Pasty Butt - hand holding a chick

Using Vaseline for Chicks with Pasty ButtIt is not uncommon for chicks to end up with a case of pasty butt. The buildup of poop around their vent can completely block their ability to poop, which can be fatal.


chickens munching dandelions

Weeds for ChickensIf you have chickens, when you get done pulling weeds, toss them in their chicken coop. Chickens are especially fond of dandelions.


Our New Girls - flock of young backyard hens

Our New GirlsLast year was a devastating year for our family. We lost all 6 of our chickens to raccoons over the course of a few months. Two of them were almost 6 years old and another was more like a pet dog than a chicken to us. After a lot of contemplation we decided to try again, after extensive fortification of our coop. These are our 5 new girls, exploring outside for the first time!


eggs between hen house and coop wall

Sneaky Chicken EggsAfter our chicken's last broody episode, we thought that she had quit laying eggs. When my husband was moving things around in their coop, he made a funny discovery. She had been laying her eggs in a hidden place behind their hen house.


Salmonella Concerns with Backyard Chickens

Salmonella Concerns with Backyard ChickensMany people have started keeping chickens and other fowl at home. They are a great source of fresh eggs, don't take much special care, and can be quite funny and charming. However, you should be careful when you or your children are handling them. Most chickens naturally carry salmonella.


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Hens Not Laying?I got my chickens in May. Why are they not laying?


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Keeping Flies Away from Chicken Coop?I am a poultry farmer; my chicken house is kept inside with a floor raised with wiremesh as the floor. The droppings of the chickens attract huge flies, and it is messy. How do I get rid of these annoying flies?


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Insulating a Chicken Coop?I live in North Dakota and in the spring will be building a chicken coop. I'm wondering if I can use cardboard or newspaper as insulation?


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