Category: Chicken Care Tips

The Most Common Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Backyard Chickens

The Most Common Mistakes When Raising Backyard Chickens

When you begin to raise backyard chickens, you’re bound to make a few mistakes. Nevertheless, for the sake of your flock, you should try your best to avoid these mistakes early on. There are many common mistakes that beginners make when raising backyard chickens, and by being familiar with them, you are more able to… Read more »

4 Factors that Impact Chicken Life Expectancy

4 Factors that Impact Chicken Life Expectancy

Under normal conditions, a chicken’s life expectancy is about 8 years. However, there are a whole host of factors that can impact how long your chickens will live. While predators and diseases are obvious factors, there are other, less obvious factors, that can determine the length of your chicken’s life. Here are just a few: … Read more »

Chicken-Friendly Plants to Feed to Your Flock

Chicken-Friendly Plants to Feed to Your Flock

Does it feel like your chickens are always looking for something to eat? That’s because they almost always are. If your chickens aren’t chowing down on feed in their coop, they’re probably out foraging for plants and insects to snack on in your yard. One way to keep your chickens happy and healthy is by… Read more »

Why Do Roosters Crow?

Why Do Roosters Crow?

The crow of a rooster at sunrise is one of the most well-known phenomena on earth. To some it can be charming, but for others it can be frustrating to lose those extra hours of sleep. However, while we all know that roosters crow in the morning, why, exactly, do they do so? Turns out,… Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide to Owning and Raising Backyard Chickens

A Beginner's Guide to Owning and Raising Backyard Chickens

Raising backyard chickens can be a thrilling and rewarding experience; it can also be a daunting experience. This is especially the case for beginners who may be attracted to the idea of raising backyard chickens but may not know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help all beginners get… Read more »

The Pros and Cons of Having a Rooster

The Pros and Cons of Having a Rooster

As you begin to raise backyard chickens, an obvious question that you may be asking yourself is, “Should I have a rooster?” While roosters can protect your flock from predators, they can also be hostile, causing harm to your flock or to yourself. Here we sort through the pros and cons of having a rooster… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Rooster Spurs

Everything You Need to Know About Rooster Spurs

Rooster spurs are the source of worry for every person who raises chickens. While they may not be any harm to the rooster itself, they can be harmful to others, namely the humans and chickens that live alongside the rooster. If you’re raising roosters alongside your hens, then here are some things you should know… Read more »

The Environmental Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens

The Environmental Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens

There are many benefits to raising backyard chickens. They’re great pets, good educational tools, and they provide you with plenty of fresh eggs. They can also be great for the environment by helping you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Here’s how: Fresh eggs As we said before, having a constant supply of fresh eggs is… Read more »

Herbicides, Pesticides, and Your Chickens

Herbicides, Pesticides, and Your Chickens

When raising backyard chickens, you obviously want to keep them safe and healthy. You also want to keep your lawn looking its best. For many homeowners, herbicides and pesticides are used to keep unwanted pests and plants away, but what do you do if you have backyard chickens? Are those same herbicides and pesticides safe… Read more »

Understanding the Chicken Pecking Order

Understanding the Chicken Pecking Order

“The pecking order.” It’s a term you’ve likely heard before, especially if you’ve ever worked in an office setting. While the phrase has been used to describe the human social order, it was originally intended for chickens, not humans. First coined by Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe, the pecking order is the best way to understand the social… Read more »