Backyard Chicken Demand in Alaska Quadruples in One Year

Raw Chicken Trend Prompts Warnings from Health Officials

In the past, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made it very clear where they stand on the issue of people eating raw chicken. Due to the presence of salmonella bacteria, consuming raw chicken is downright dangerous. This is why the USDA has repeatedly advised Americans to avoid handling raw chicken carelessly, and make sure… Read more »

National Chicken Council Releases New Broiler Welfare Standards

National Chicken Council Releases New Broiler Welfare Standards

Consumers are constantly bombarded with labels like “No hormones” and “No additives” on packages of chicken, but what exactly do all those designations mean? The National Chicken Council (NCC), the oldest and largest national organization in the U.S. representing the broiler chicken industry, is working to clear up some of that confusion by issuing new… Read more »

Ask Yourself These Important Questions Before You Buy Chicks

Ask Yourself These Important Questions Before You Buy Chicks

There are a number of good reasons to raise your own flock of chickens. Chickens can provide you and your family with a fresh supply of eggs. They can also be kept as pets. But regardless of why you ultimately decide to raise chickens, you should ask yourself a few questions before you do, just… Read more »

How to Change a Broody Hen’s Behavior

A broody hen is a hen that becomes obsessed with sitting on her eggs until they hatch, even if they’re not fertilized. While this might seem like a positive behavior on the surface, it’s not good if the hen keeps you from collecting unfertilized eggs. Broody hens can become very aggressive if you attempt to… Read more »

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 »