Category: Chickens in the News

Highlighting the Best Herbs for Your Chickens

Coming up with the best diet for your specific chickens sometimes requires trial and error, but one thing is certain: one of the best snacks for chickens is herbs. Not all herbs are appropriate for chickens, so Chickens for Backyards has created a guide on which herbs are best. Mint Who doesn’t love some fresh… Read more »

Happy Father’s Day: Celebrating Roosters

Female chickens, often referred to as hens, play an important role in the growth and development of their baby chicks. But they don’t do it alone! Male chickens, which are called roosters, also take on a lot of responsibility. From protecting the hens to seeking out food for others, male chickens play a prominent role… Read more »

Poultry Scientists are Using AI to Decode Chicken Speech

One of the first things you’re likely to learn when you raise a flock of chickens is that these birds are uniquely vocal creatures. Chickens are highly social animals that use a wide array of vocalizations to communicate with one another. From loud predator alarms to soft clucking sounds, researchers have cataloged at least 24… Read more »

WHO Asks Farms to Stop Using Antibiotics in Healthy Livestock

Since the therapeutic benefits of penicillin were first identified in the early 20th century, antibiotic treatments have quite literally revolutionized modern medicine. But despite their many benefits, there are public health risks associated with the unregulated use of antibiotics as well. These days, antibiotics aren’t just used to treat existing illnesses; they’re used to prevent… Read more »

Raw Chicken Trend Prompts Warnings from Health Officials

Backyard Chicken Demand in Alaska Quadruples in One Year

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 »

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 »