• Chicken-Safe Plantings For Your Garden

    Spring is time to plant your garden. While you are preparing and planting your garden, now is a great time to plant a garden for your chickens. Your chickens will love to graze their own garden and will benefit from the nutrients from the plants.

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  • Gardening with Chickens: How to Make Compost From Used Poultry Litter

    If you own chickens and also like to garden, you have may have already discovered that the used poultry litter/manure can be a good fertilizer to add to your garden soil to add both nutrients and organic matter. Hopefully you haven’t learned the hard way that there are a few precautions you should take also.

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  • Chicken Coop Spring Cleaning Checklist

    Spring is here, and that means time for spring cleaning your chicken coop! After the long winter a chicken coop is in need of a good cleaning. Check out our Chicken Coop Spring Cleaning checklist.

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  • What To Look For in Determining Gender in Young Chickens

    Many times, the presence or absence of crowing is the first indication that you may have a rooster. But did you know that occasionally a hen can crow? It’s true! A hen can mimic a rooster’s crowing, especially if there is not a rooster present and a dominant hen decides she will be the flock leader. For this reason, even the witness of a crow is not a 100% certain way to determine if a chicken is a rooster or a hen.

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  • Raising Ranger Meat Chickens

    Until this last summer, I had only raised White Cornish cross broiler chickens. They were familiar, less expensive and grew to butcher weight in a quick 7 weeks. I had always been curious about the Ranger breeds and how they differ in comparison to the Cornish cross. But since they were unfamiliar and priced a bit higher, I had been avoiding them.  This past summer I decided to give them a try and I was extremely impressed.

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  • Raising Meat Chickens in a Tractor

    Tractors are a great option to use when raising meat birds. I have personally raised broad breasted turkeys, Cornish cross broiler chickens and Ranger chicken varieties in a tractor with great success. There are so many benefits to raising your birds in a tractor as opposed to a coop or completely free range.

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  • Chick Brooding for Beginners

    A brooder is going to be your baby chick’s first home. It will be a safe, warm place for your chicks to thrive during their first weeks of life.

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