My Journey to Backyard Chickens

My Journey to Backyard Chickens

My Journey to Backyard Chickens Gone are the days of only seeing chickens on farms, these tiny feathered dinosaurs are steadily making their way into the hearts and backyards of people across the nation! What started my journey into chicken ownership you ask? The...
Chicken Egg Anatomy 101

Chicken Egg Anatomy 101

Egg Anatomy 101 As an Agriculture teacher and Meyer Hatchery team member one of my favorite topics to teach about is poultry. There are so many topics and discussions to cover that I could teach a year round class on poultry alone and would not be able to cover...
Breed Spotlight: The Delaware

Breed Spotlight: The Delaware

Breed Spotlight: The Delaware The Delaware chicken breed has a rich history that begins in the early 1940’s in Ocean View, Delaware. The breed is credited to Mr. George Ellis who bred Barred Plymouth Rock males to New Hampshire Red females in a quest to breed a...

Chick Genetics: Auto-sexing versus Sex-linked Hybrid Breeds

In the world of chicken-keeping, it is no surprise to learn that those who keep chickens for egg-laying purposes value the female chicks over the male chicks. The desire to have as many female chicks as possible is so great that specific breeds of chickens have been...

Crooked Toes in Chickens: Causes and Treatment

Crooked or bent toes in chicks can be an unsightly condition, but in the majority of cases, having bent toes does not affect the chicken’s ability to live a completely normal life. Crooked or bent toes (bending sideways) is different from a condition called curled...

Breed Spotlight: The Rhode Island Red

The Rhode Island Red chicken breed is one that frequents as a top 10 best seller. They are excellent layers of large, brown eggs and the hens are generally friendly and curious. The roosters watch over their flock carefully, and therefore can sometimes become...