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With a rooster in the barnyard, you don't need an alarm clock
It may seem crazy, but I love the sound of roosters crowing. At one time, we had three roosters sounding off each morning. That was a bit much, especially when they started at 4 a.m. Poultry...
Let them eat whenever they want, or keep the feeding under control.
There is no right method for getting the chickens fed. Do what works for you and your birds. Auburn University Extension Poultry Specialist Joe Hess says chickens only eat when they need to....
If you don't have a hen to sit on the eggs, you'll need an incubator
Broody hens will sit on eggs no matter what in their quest to become mothers. Sometimes you have a hen that won’t sit on her eggs and if you can’t do anything to encourage her, you'll...
Make chickens comfortable when they go for a ride
When you order a batch of chicks, they usually come from the hatchery to the post office in a cardboard box with air holes. Transporting them safely is always a concern. Extension Poultry...
Check out these three interesting poultry breeds, and learn where to find information for over 100 other feathered friends!
Raise Muscovies for pest control, meat, and eggs
Muscovy ducks have become popular animals to have on a small farm. People enjoy their lean, nutritious meat that is comparable in taste to sirloin steak. Muscovy ducks are prolific egg layers,...
Feathers are great insulation from the cold but no help in the hot summer
When my family was raising chickens, we made sure they had a lot of water to drink and plenty of shade to help prevent heat stress. Sheila Purdum is a poultry specialist at the University...
Our backyard coop contest was very successful and we loved all the creative coops that were entered. Here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners who all received a supply of feed from Nutrena Feeds.
Adding a run to your coop gives extra space for exercise, protects chickens from predators, and provides shade from the sun. We hope these coops will inspire you to build or add on to your run.
Nesting boxes and roosts are an important part of a well-designed coop. Here are a few examples to help you with your interior designs.