Category: Chicken Care Tips

How to Prevent Your Chickens’ Water from Freezing

chicken drinking water

With the temperatures starting to drop, your main concern will be keeping your chickens warm and comfortable. But you should also worry about their water. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s possible that some of your chickens’ water will start to freeze. Here are a few ways to prevent that: Rotate the water… Read more »

What NOT To Do When Caring for Your Chickens in the Winter

two chickens walking in snow

Here at Chickens for Backyards, we’ve talked repeatedly about what you should do when caring for your chickens in the winter. But what about what you shouldn’t do? Being aware of what not to do will help prevent you from making these mistakes in the first place. Read on to learn more: Don’t tightly insulate… Read more »

How to Find and Prepare for a Chicken Sitter

rooster crowing in the early morning

Whether you’re going to visit family for the holidays or heading to the Bahamas for a couple weeks, at some point you’ll need to leave your chickens. But how can you ensure that your chickens are well taken care of while you’re away? While chickens can last on their own for a couple of days,… Read more »

The Best Cold Weather Chicken Breeds

chicken walking through the snow in winter

With the cold weather setting in, you’re likely taking steps to prepare your flock for the months ahead. But if you live in a cold climate, it may be a good idea to get chickens that are built for colder weather. These hardy chickens can withstand tougher conditions than most normal chickens. But which breeds… Read more »

How to Feed Your Flock During the Winter

two chicks eating feed

Making sure your hens are properly fed is essential to keeping them happy and healthy, as well as keeping up egg production. However, did you know that your hens’ dietary requirements change with the seasons? A hen during the wintertime will need different feed and different amounts of feed than they would during the warmer… Read more »

Why Do Chickens Molt?

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The first signs of fall are typically falling leaves and colder temperatures. But if you’re a chicken owner, those signs will also be accompanied by your chickens molting. While this is a completely normal process that your chickens will go through each year, you may be wondering why it happens. Read on to learn more:… 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 »

Common Signs Your Chicken Isn’t Feeling Well

hen with baby chicks outside

Chickens, unfortunately, can’t talk. As such, it’s hard to tell what’s on their mind or how they’re doing. If your chickens aren’t feeling well, they can’t tell us, but there will be signs. Here, we go through some of the most common signs your chicken isn’t feeling well so you can get them back to… Read more »

Why You Should Always Raise More Than One Chicken

chickens grazing in field

If you stayed home alone all day, every day, chances are you’d start to get lonely. Our chickens are just the same. Chickens are social animals, and they need other chickens around them in order to be happy. Here are a few reasons why that is: More chickens will keep away predators A single chicken… Read more »

Common Chick Injuries and How to Treat and Prevent Them

chicks on a farm

When you start raising chicks, you want to keep them safe and healthy. Unfortunately, chicks are susceptible to accidents. It’s all too easy for them to get injured, sometimes seriously so. Thankfully, you can take steps to prevent these injuries and, if they do occur, treat them. Here, we go through some of the most… Read more »