Orpington chicken breed and management information

The Orpington chicken breed is a large-sized bird developed in England in the late 1800s, by William Cook. Gentle and friendly the Orpington is available in 4 recognized varieties which are Buff Orpington, Blue Orpington, White Orpington, and Black Orpington.  Developed to be a dual-purpose chicken breed, the Orpington gains weight fast, has good egg […]

Why are my Cornish Cross Broiler Chickens Dying?

I keep batches of cornish cross broiler chickens throughout the year. One of the challenges I have faced is mortality. While I have not had cases where my entire flock was wiped out, I have had my share of losses.  Cornish Cross Broiler chickens will die mot many causes. These include overheating, heart attacks, diseases, […]

Sussex Chicken Breed Profile and Management Information

The Sussex chicken, originally bred in Sussex, Britain has become one of the most popular chickens for small backyard farms and homesteads. Initially bred to be a market chicken, for sale at the market, the Sussex chicken breed was known for fine table meat with its tender juicy flesh, white skin, feet, and legs.   Reared […]

Brahma Chicken Complete Breed Profile – Care, Size, Eggs, Weight

The Brahma originally named Brahmaputra (Brahmapootra) after a river in India, is an American Chicken Breed, developed from birds that had been imported from the Chinese port of Shanghai.  In the chickens giant hall of fame, the Brahma chickens sit up there, together with other giant breeds like the Jersy Giant,  with Brahma cockerels weighing […]

Do Cats and Chickens get Along?

I have lost chicks to cats. Not my cats but stray cats that come into my backyard looking for food.  My 2 cats live side by side with chickens. I got them used to be around chickens since they were kittens. Can cats and chickens live together? It is very possible for cats and chickens […]

How Chicken Fruit and Vegetable Feeders Work

Vegetables and fruits not only make great treats for chickens but are also nutritious. While they are not to be a replacement for their daily balanced diet, vegetables and fruits will add some nutrients to your chickens.  So the question here is not if chickens will eat vegetables and fruits, but where the vegetable and […]

Can you Keep Chickens with Dogs?

Dogs have been said to be man’s best friend and chickens are the cheapest provider of proteins to humanity. Dogs will offer companionship, protect people and their properties. Chickens are not only great companions but also provide eggs and meat. Can you keep chickens with dogs?  We have heard horrifying encounters between dogs and chickens. […]

Why are Backyard Chickens Dying?

Mortality in chickens can be heartbreaking for any chicken keeper. None of my backyard chickens died when I started keeping chickens. Until I decided to hatch my own eggs and scale up my flock.  We had traveled for the day. When got back in the evening, I did not check on the chicks. The next […]

Do Backyard Chickens Need a Rooster

One of the most understood chickens are roosters. They are seen as a nuisance by some people while others view them as an integral part of any flock.  A visiting friend once told me that I was doing zero work since I did not have a rooster. She went further and explained how I was […]

How to Hang a Chicken Feeder

I first started by placing chicken feed on the floor. Then I realized that in no time there would be no signs of feed on the ground. My chickens would still be hungry. They would scatter the feed all around. Turn around and look at me, expecting more feed.  Then I started using flat containers […]

What Size of Chicken Feeder do I Need?

What size of feeder do you need for your chickens? 4 chickens? 10 chickens? 100 chickens? We take a look on how to calculate the feeder size required for any number of chickens.

Getting the right size of a chicken feeder will not only cut on the time you need to refill but also keep your birds are well fed and they do not have to fight for space while feeding.

10 Quiet chicken breeds for backyards and homesteads.

When I first started keeping chickens in my backyard, I always wondered if the neighbors would come complaining about the noise.  One of the major concerns for any aspiring backyard chicken keeper is noise. Noise from chickens can be a nuisance in urban and suburban areas. In some localities, there are laws that keep urban […]

Do chickens need light at night? Supplemental Lighting for chickens.

When I was constructing my chicken coop, I didn’t make any provision for artificial Lighting.  This is because I did not see the need at the time. Since it is time to install one, I am looking at the different discussions around the need for artificial lighting in the chicken coop.  The concept of supplemental […]

Can Heat Kill Chickens? 15 Creative Ways of Keeping Chickens Cool in Summer.

During my early days of keeping chickens, I noticed my chickens’ wings were droopy and they had their mouths open. There were panting. Initially, I thought they might be sick. I called a friend who informed me that that is the way chickens behave when it is too hot.  When it is hot, human beings […]

Get rid of rats and mice from your chicken coop.

Chicken coops can attract rats and mice because they offer shelter, food, water, and the perfect breeding ground. Whether the chickens and coop are yours or the neighbors,  prevention measures should be taken from the beginning. This is because is usually easier to prevent rats and mice from getting into the chicken coop than getting […]

Can my backyard chickens get salmonella?

Salmonella is a type of bacteria related to food poisoning in form of a disease called salmonellosis. It affects the intestinal tract of humans, chickens, and other poultry and mammals in general. According to a July 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, humans can become infected with the Salmonella bacteria after eating […]

How does a Chicken Plucker Work?

As I was growing up, I never saw chicken being scalded. Never witnessed chicken being plucked using mechanical pluckers.  My grandmother, together with my mother would hold the chicken, and pluck it very fast before it lost its body heat. As long as the chicken was warm, the feathers would come out with little resistance. […]

Backyard Chicken Processing Equipment

I have been processing my own chickens for a while now. Along the way, I have learned that to make the process easy for you and your chickens, it is good to have the right chicken processing equipment.   This will not only make the butchering process shorter but also leave you with some energy to […]

Stinky chicken coop and how to keep your coop and run smelling fresh

All around the world, every animal keeper has to deal with the smell of animal droppings. Chicken being no exception, can generate a whole lot of awful smells that might even land you in trouble with your neighbors. You do not have to struggle to hold your breath every time you enter a stinky chicken […]

Choosing the right type of chicken fencing. A detailed guide.

Choosing the right type of chicken fencing can be a matter of life and death for your chickens. The type of chicken fence selected should be able to serve the purpose of protecting your chicken, while at the same time controlling their movements.  Sometimes a combination of different chicken fencing materials is used, taking advantage […]

Wyandotte Chickens Breed and management Information

The Wyandotte is an American chicken breed that is reared by homesteaders and backyard flock keepers for its yellow-skinned meat and brown eggs. Bred to be dual purpose, the Wyandotte chicken breed was to solve a particular issue. Back then, there existed no breed that could produce meat and eggs well. The chicken breeds that […]

Jersey Giant Chicken Breed Details and Management Information

The Jersey Giant, as the name suggests is one of the largest chicken breeds in the world. When you encounter one, you will probably never forget it.  Though the popularity had gone down, due to its poor feed-to-weight conversion ratio, the Jersey Giant is becoming popular among backyard poultry keepers.  The poor feed-to-weight conversion ratio […]

Cornish Chickens Profile and Management Information

The Cornish chickens breed, previously referred to as the Indian game is an impressive chicken breed that has been used to develop most of the present meat chickens, including the popular Cornish Cross.  Muscular, broad, Widely spaced legs with a large diameter, the cornish chicken was bred for one purpose only; war. It was meant […]

Plymouth Rock Chicken Breed Characteristics

Docile, gentle, hardy and good sitters, Plymouth Rock Chickens have been one of the most common chickens in America where they were developed using crosses of Java, Brahma, Cochin, and Dominique.  The initial Plymouth Rock had barred Plumage, hence the common names were Barred Plymouth Rock, Barred Rock or simply Rock. Other varieties were developed […]