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I want Quiet Chickens. What breed should I choose?

It is very hard to officially state that a particular breed of chicken will be the most quiet. This is mainly because quietness, or lack there of, tends to be more of an individual trait than a breed-wide trait. So particular chickens tend to be much more chatty than others, just like humans. So when do chickens make noise? Mine make a gentle talking or clucking noise when they are busy doing something in the lawn. This is a pleasant noise and...

Coccidiosis

Coccidiosis is one of the most common ailments that affect chicks and is one of the most likely causes of death in chicks under 6 weeks old. Coccidiosis in chickens is caused by one or more of 9 species of coccidia protozoa that are very common throughout most areas of the United States. Usually these protozoa are rather benign and do not adversely affect mature, healthy, and well-cared for chickens. The disease, coccidiosis, however is very...

What is the Best Swan Breed for Me?

Swans are a fabulous addition to any avian collection, and the presence of swans do something else to the atmosphere of the environment they reside in. Swans exude an elegance and create a sense of romance, gracefulness, and opulence. But actually having a swan and taking care of and maintaining a swan involves much more than the poetic imaginings and visions of grace. Swans are large birds with specific husbandry requirements and sometimes...

Starting a Poultry-Based Business

Now is a good time to start a poultry-related business. The popularity of poultry raising in backyards, as well as a growing concern over food quality, has opened new windows of opportunities for new businesses with poultry focuses. As the founder and owner of Purely Poultry, I have a unique viewpoint on chicken-related businesses in today’s marketplace. No matter what kind of poultry-related product you want to focus on, first take into...

Raising Meat Ducks

Raising ducks for meat can be very rewarding. I prefer to raise my own because it is hard to find in grocery stores, is usually not very fresh, and is expensive. Duck meat is mostly dark meat, is quite fatty, and has a wonderful flavor. When you raise ducks in your backyard, you are producing a very healthy protein and fat source. Ducks living in a natural environment, where they have access to sunlight and can eat grasses and greens and...

What is a Pet Chicken?

Many people refer to their chickens as pets, or they refer to their favorite chicken as their pet chicken. The word, pet, is a term of endearment and emotional attachment. Pets are parts of human families. Dogs and cats and parrots along with many other animals are accepted easily as being pets, but can chickens be pets? Well, why not? Many chickens are personable and interact openly and clearly with their human caretakers. Chickens like being...

Can I Raise Chickens and Turkeys or Peafowl Together?

Many people will say that you cannot raise turkeys or peafowl or any game bird with chickens because of Blackhead Disease. But the truth of this statement really varies according to the land on which your birds live and your ability to properly manage parasites in your birds. Blackhead Disease is the common name for Histomoniasis. I do not know why people call it Blackhead, because there is no blackening or darkening or any issue with infected...