Preventing Salmonella Outbreaks in Backyard Flocks

Preventing Salmonella Outbreaks in Backyard Flocks

If you have a backyard flock of chickens, it’s important to be aware of the risk factors associated with salmonella outbreaks. Salmonella is a genus of dangerous bacteria that can spread through a flock of chickens via rodent droppings, and then be transmitted to humans if poultry or eggs are not properly prepared. Humans can… Read more »

Training Young Chicks to Return to Their Roost

Training Young Chicks to Return to Their Roost

During the day, your chickens probably spend most of their time cooling off in the shade or roaming around your property foraging for insects. Chickens aren’t known for their flying abilities, so they tend to stay close to the ground unless they’re forced to a higher perch by the threat of a predator. But your… Read more »

Tips for Introducing New Hens to an Existing Flock

Tips for Introducing New Hens to an Existing Flock

Procuring new hens for your flock can be an exciting and challenging endeavor. That’s because while you’re busy diversifying your pre-existing crew, other hens will expect to maintain their coveted spots in the pecking order. So what’s a devoted chicken owner to do? Abide by the following steps from Chickens for Backyards, and your new… Read more »

Keeping Your Chickens Cool on Hot Summer Days Chickens Laying Soft Eggs? Here are a Few Possible Causes

Chickens Laying Soft Eggs? Here are a Few Possible Causes

One of the best parts about raising chickens is gathering the fresh eggs they lay. But every now and then, you might notice that your hens are laying soft eggs, which are also called shell less eggs because—you guessed it!—they don’t have shells on them. Fortunately, you can fix this problem by finding out what’s… Read more »

It’s National Egg month at Chickens for Backyards!

It’s National Egg month at Chickens for Backyards!

Following Easter, the most egg-centric holiday of the year, this is the perfect time to appreciate eggs for being nutritional powerhouses and culinary staples in cultures all across the globe. That’s why food producers, hatcheries and chefs are all celebrating National Egg Month in May! In honor of our favorite month of the year, we’d… Read more »

Another Poultry Industry Giant Will Stop Using Antibiotics

Another Poultry Industry Giant Will Stop Using Antibiotics

In recent years, the medical community has raised concerns about the use of antibiotics in meat and poultry—and with good reason. Using antibiotics indiscriminately has worrisome public health risks, because when farms use antibiotics too often it can promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which cause serious illness. According to U.S. PIRG, a national public interest… Read more »

Giant Brahma Rooster Becomes Internet Sensation

Giant Brahma Rooster Becomes Internet Sensation

From sneezing pandas to cantankerous kitties, the Internet has given plenty of animals their 15 minutes of fame. The latest animal to become Internet-famous is a massive rooster of the Brahma breed that swept across social media in March. Brahma chickens are known for being larger than many other breeds, but this guy is big… Read more »

Scientists Develop Surrogate Hen to Protect Rare Breeds

Scientists Develop Surrogate Hen to Protect Rare Breeds

Scots Dumpy. Burmese Bantam. Cream Legbar. A chicken enthusiast might be able to identify these rare breeds, but not many people realize they could soon face extinction if people don’t intervene. Fortunately, this is where the scientists at Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute come in. In an innovative plan to preserve rare chicken breeds for future generations,… Read more »