Author Archives: Marie N

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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Update On the Deep Litter Method for Coop Cleaning and Maintenance

Hello Meyer Hatchery fans! It’s been 6 months since I wrote about my experience using the Deep Litter Method for maintaining my coop, so I thought it was time to give you an update on how the method is working out for me now that winter is happening here in central Ohio. First, here’s a little background on my coop

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The Benefits of Raising Female Jumbo White Cornish Cross Broilers

For this coming season, I have chosen to raise female white broilers instead of strictly males or straight run (a mix of both males and females) for a couple of reasons. Probably the biggest reason for me is that the females will grow at a slightly slower rate of gain and finish out at a smaller processed weight than the males. I sell our broilers directly to local consumers. Their feedback and the consensus is that a 2.5-4 pound bird is what they prefer.

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