Is Your Bird a Boy or a Girl?

Is Your Bird a Boy or a Girl?

Once chickens are full grown, it becomes clear which are the roosters (males) and which are the hens (females). Roosters are larger and taller in stature than hens. Roosters also crow or Cock-a-doodle-do! They act differently than hens – being…

Safe Feeding and Chicken-Proofing your Yard

Safe Feeding and Chicken-Proofing your Yard

I am often asked questions regarding foods and plants that are poisonous for chickens. There is a very long lists of plants that are potentially poisonous to chickens. And I say potentially because the chickens have to actually eat these…

Niacin Deficiency in Young Waterfowl

Niacin Deficiency in Young Waterfowl

Different species and types of birds have different nutritional needs. This seems really simple and obvious, yet sometimes in the hubbub of feeding a group of young birds people find that they haven’t paid as much attention to what feed…

Guineas, More Than Just Tick Control

Guineas, More Than Just Tick Control

Guinea Fowl or Guineas are very well known as tick-control birds – they seem to be the first fowl-based solution that comes to mind when someone complains about ticks. Indeed Guineas do voraciously feed on insects including ticks and many…

Bedding for Baby Chicks

Bedding for Baby Chicks

What to use as bedding for your baby chicks is an important consideration. Pine wood shavings are an obvious choice, but there are other things to consider before you fill your brooder with pine shavings. I usually wait until my…

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