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January 7, 2017
13 Reasons Your Chickens Stopped Laying Eggs and the Solutions – Homesteading and Livestock, MOTHER EARTH NEWS
22 DIY Chicken Coops You Need In Your Backyard – DIY Chicken Coop Plans
Caring For Baby Chicks with Pasty Butt – Countryside Network
How to Help Molting Chickens Through the Process
Five Easy Ways to Keep your Chickens’ Water from Freezing this Winter | Fresh Eggs Daily®

Chicken Coops You’ll Love | Wayfair
July 13, 2016
Popular items for chicken coop decor on Etsy
Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop and Run –
20 Stunning Chicken Coop Designs For Your Lovely Birds | The Poultry Guide
Top 11 Ways to Accidentally Kill Your Chickens
4 Chicken Runs and Coops Built From Recycled Materials – Countryside Network
Everything You Need to Know about Chicken Roosting Bars
DIY Chicken Swing – Attainable Sustainable
21 Positively Dreamy Chicken Coops
July 3, 2016
“Free Range” and “Pasture Raised” officially defined by HFAC for Certified Humane® label – Certified Humane
How to Build External Nest Boxes
Are You Buying A Pullet or Hen? What’s The Difference and How to Spot It?
Chickens and Heat Stress
About Combs & Wattles
How to Determine the Point of Lay
Raising Chickens for Meat and Eggs
Wondering How to Wash Fresh Eggs? It’s Safer Not To! – Countryside Network
May 14, 2016
: How I Use Herbs in My Coop and Why You Should Too
Olive Egger Chicken: May Breed of the Month – Countryside Network
Understanding the Pecking Order | TBN Ranch
You Don’t Need a Rooster Rescue, Set Up a Bachelor Pad Instead – Countryside Network
Tips on Breaking the Broody Hen | TBN Ranch
Poultry Farming Terminology – What’s in a Name? – Countryside Network
Probiotics and Ferments: They’re Good For Your Chickens, Too! – Hobby Farms
Your Guide to Strong Eggshells | Purina Mills
10 Chicken Coops That Will Make You Want To House Hens (PHOTOS)
Our Top 10 Reasons To Keep A Rooster – Hobby Farms
Keeping Chickens Cool in Summer | TBN Ranch

New Articles | April 29, 2016
Poultry Processing Equipment for the Novice Farmer – eFowl Blog
The Chicken Chick®: How Much Heat Do Chicks REALLY Need? Think Like a Mother Hen!
Marans Chicken: April Breed of the Month – Countryside Network
When Will My Chicken Start Laying Eggs?
The Miracle of Chickens’ Feathers
The Chicken Chick®: Caring for Broody Hens: Facilitating Egg-hatching
Coop to Kitchen – 5 Tips to Ensure Clean Eggs from your Backyard Chickens | Fresh Eggs Daily®
Are my Chicken Eggs Fertile? | Fresh Eggs Daily®
Chicks Vs. Pullets: What’s The Best Way To Start Your Flock? – Hobby Farms

March 25, 2016
How Old is the Average Supermarket Egg? | Fresh Eggs Daily®
Cooking Eggs For Chickens | Backyard Poultry Magazine
Chicken Wire or Hardware Cloth for Coops – Timber Creek Farm
Secrets To Predator-Proofing Your Chicken Coop | Off The Grid News
Sick Chickens? Spot the Symptoms [Infographic] – Hobby Farms
Fox Deterrent | Nite Guard
Dominique Chickens: Heritage Poultry Breeds
Delaware | Whitmore Farm   About the Delaware Chicken
Barred Plymouth Rock Will Rock Your Flock – The Fowl Blog
How to Get Rid of Your Chickens’ External Parasites – For Dummies

Jan. 10. 2016
6 Tools Every Chicken Keeper Needs – Hobby Farms
Why Some Chickens Molt Faster Than Others | Garden Betty
Chicken Breed Focus – Japanese Bantam
How Much Should I Feed My Chickens? | Backyard Poultry Magazine
Chicken Quarters: The Danger In Heating The Chicken Coop – Urban Farm
7 Signs You’re Ready To Raise City Chickens – Urban Farm
7 Ways to Keep Mice and Rats Out of the Coop – Hobby Farms
Why Transylvanian Chickens Have Naked Necks
November 19, 2015
8 Strategies For Raising Chickens In The Desert – Urban Farm
What To Know Before Breeding Chickens – Hobby Farms
10 Basic Tips for Protecting Chickens from Predators
Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter? | Backyard Poultry
Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Warm and Alive in the Winter
A Guide to Raising Chickens in Your Small Yard
Chicken Diseases and Prevention Tips – Hobby Farms
How To Clip & Trim The Wings Of Your Chicken To Prevent Flight – BackYard Chickens Community
October 22, 2015
Chicken Breed Focus – Ancona
The Chicken Chick®: Surviving Winter with Chickens
All You Need To Know About Chickens Molting
How To Raise Free Range Chickens | Backyard Poultry Magazine
Molting: It’s That Time Again
The Prescription Gardener: 9 Natural De-Worming Plants for Your Backyard Flock – Hobby Farms
Germany says ‘no more chick shredding’ | Animals Australia
To Heat or not to Heat your Coop this Winter | Fresh Eggs Daily®

hatcheries Index2October 7, 2015
Chicken Breed Focus – New Hampshire
How To Raise Mealworms – BackYard Chickens Community
How To Train Your Chickens So They’ll Come Every Time You Call | Off The Grid News
A History of Chickens: Then (1900) Vs Now (2016)
Best Tips How To Keep Secure Your Chickens | Benedicts Group Limited
The Gist of Chicken Raising in the City | by Guest Writer Jordan Walker | TBN Ranch
Best Tips How To Keep Secure Your Chickens | Benedicts Group Limited
Can Chickens Eat Pumpkin Seeds & Guts | Backyard Poultry

ideal_poultrySeptember 26, 2015
Marans Chickens | Layers of Chocolate Brown Eggs
Chicken Quarters: 3 Reasons For Decline In Egg Quality – Urban Farm
The Chicken Chick®: Chicken Coop Bedding: Sand, the Litter Superstar
Broodiness in Chickens – Hobby Farms
6 Coop-winterizing Chores – Hobby Farms
Speckled Sussex : the right breed for you?
Treating and Preventing Frostbite in Chickens Naturally | Fresh Eggs Daily®
About Organic Chicken Farms – Hobby Farms
Wyandotte Chickens: A Top Backyard Choice | Backyard Poultry Magazine

Fecal ImpactionSeptember 7, 2015
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Poultry House | Cornell Small Farms Program

4 Fabulously Long-Tailed Chickens – Hobby Farms
Chicken Scaly Leg Mite – Easy Treatment at Home
Are your chicks ready to leave the brooder? | The Scoop from the Coop
Will My Dog and Chickens Get Along? – Hobby Farms
What to Feed Chickens in Winter – Animals – GRIT Magazine
DIY Sprouted Fodder for Livestock – The Happy Homesteader – MOTHER EARTH NEWS
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier – Hobby Farms

Brooder IdeasAugust, 26, 2015
Considerations for Keeping a Rooster.
Why are Eggs Sold by the Dozen? | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
Do Different Chicken Egg Colors Taste Different? | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Speckled Sussex: A Favorite Chicken Breed | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
How To Photograph Your Flock by Kathy Baca from the February/March, 2010 issue of Backyard Poultry | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Feeding Chickens – An Introductory Guide – BackYard Chickens Community.
About Sex-Links.
5 Favorites: Backyard Chicken Coops for Small Flocks: Gardenista.
Mites & Lice – Health and Common Diseases – The Chicken Vet – Home of the healthy chickens.

The Happy Chicken CoopAugust 17, 2015
Coccidiosis In Chickens: Transmission, diagnosis, and treatment.
The Chicken Chick®: Chickens & Obesity, The Silent Killer: How to Avoid Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome & Heat Stroke.
7 Necessities for Healthy Chicks – Hobby Farms.
The Chicken Chick®: Flystrike in Backyard Chickens, Causes, Prevention & Treatment.
Why are my hens not laying? – BackYard Chickens Community.
How Do I Add New Chicks To My Flock? – Chickens In A Minute Video | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Chicken Breed Focus – Appenzeller Spitzhauben.
What To Feed Chickens To Keep Them Healthy | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
The Chicken Chick®: How a Hen Makes an Egg & Egg Oddities..
August 7, 2015
The Truth About a Rooster’s Crow | Rodale Wellness.
The Chicken Chick®: Raising Chickens Naturally: Diatomaceous Earth is No Friend of Nature, by herbalist Susan Burek.
Chicken Quarters: 15 Terms Every Chicken Keeper Needs To Know – Hobby Farms.
What’s The Best Bedding For My Coop? – Chickens In A Minute Video | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
6 Things To Know Before Processing Chickens – Hobby Farms.

Ants in the CoopJuly 31,2015
How To Raise Broiler Chicks – Hobby Farms.
10 Coop Additions Your Flock Will Love |
4 Ways To Keep Chickens Cool On Hot Summer Days – Urban Farm.
Cleaning and storing fresh eggs – BackYard Chickens Community.
Chicken Breed Focus – Derbyshire Redcap.
July 16, 2015
Ameraucanas | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Chicken Quarters: How to Store Backyard Eggs – Hobby Farms.

5 Broody Chicken Breeds Great For Hatching Eggs – Hobby Farms.
DIY Wine Bottle Chicken Grit & Oyster Shell Dispenser Tutorial | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
Why Should Eggs Be Stored Pointy End Down? | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
9 Healthy Treats Your Chickens Will Love.

July 5, 2015
Chicken Dilemma | Backyard Poultry Magazine
How To Find A Good Chicken Sitter – Urban Farm.
Are my Chicken Eggs Fertile? | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
My Chickens are Laying Fewer Eggs, What Should I Do? | Urban Farm
Why You Need A Rooster | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
5 Nest Pad Options | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Medicated vs. Non-Medicated Chick Feeds — What You Should Know (Sponsored) | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
5 Summer Vacation Tips for Chicken Keepers | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
June 28. 2015
Chicken Dilemma | Backyard Poultry Magazine
How To Find A Good Chicken Sitter – Urban Farm.
Are my Chicken Eggs Fertile? | Fresh Eggs Daily®.

Treats for a Hot DayJune 20, 2015
11 Reasons to Keep Backyard Chickens – Urban Farm.
A Chicken Coop Remodel | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier – Hobby Farms.
7 Tips to Prevent Respiratory Infection in Poultry – Hobby Farms.
Chicken Quarters: 5 Ways to Spruce Up an Aging Coop – Urban Farm.
Chicken Quarters: My Hens Are Laying Fewer Eggs—What Should I Do? – Urban Farm.
June 16, 2015
Egg Anatomy: What’s Inside that EggShell Anyway? | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
Why Are My Chickens’ Egg Shells So Thin? – Hobby Farms.
Quiz! How Well Do You Know Your Backyard Chicken Breeds? | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
How to Start an Egg Business – Hobby Farms.
5 Steps to Get the Best Eggs Possible – Hobby Farms.

June 8, 2015
The Chicken Chick®: When to Move Chicks from Brooder to Chicken Coop.
Backyard Chickens: How to Design Your Chicken Run | Home Design, Garden & Architecture Blog Magazine.
7 Chickens to Raise for Colorful Eggs – Hobby Farms.
Comb-To-Toe Chicken Checkup | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Help your Backyard Chickens Beat the Summer Heat | Fresh Eggs Daily®.

Murray McMurrayMay 31, 2015
11 Reasons to Keep Backyard Chickens – Urban Farm.
4 Steps to Prevent Chicken Obesity – Hobby Farms.
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier – Hobby Farms.
What’s the Average Lifespan of a Backyard Chicken? | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
Save Money Raising Chickens: 6 Products You Don’t Need.
Chicken Quarters: 7 Culprits of Weak-Shelled Eggs – Urban Farm.
May 22, 2015
How to Get More Money Selling Your Farm-Fresh Eggs – Hobby Farms.
What Is A Lash Egg? | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Chicken Quarters: 4 Ways to Beat Mites Naturally – Hobby Farms.
The Fighting Story Behind Hawaii’s Feral Chickens (Video) | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Chicks and Heat Lamps | Red or Clear? TBN Ranch
May 7, 2015
How Big Does My Chicken Coop Need To Be? – Chickens In A Minute Video | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Common Baby Chick Ailments and Natural Treatments | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
7 Chickens to Raise for Colorful Eggs – Hobby Farms.
Chicks Ready to Meet the Flock? Here’s How. | TBN Ranch.
Chicken Quarters: 4 Tips For Selling Backyard Eggs – Urban Farm.
May 3, 2015
Chicken Quarters: Save Money On Chicken Feed This Spring – Hobby Farms.
7 Myths About Eggs Debunked – Hobby Farms.
Discover The Fun Of Hatching Your Own Chicks (Sponsored) | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
April 30, 2015
Soft Shelled or “Rubber” Eggs – Causes and Prevention | Fresh Eggs Daily®.
Calcium for Chickens.
Chicken Coops for Your Chickens from EggshellOnline | Chicken Coops houses runs and Rabbit hutches.
How to Keep Your Chicken Coops Clean | Eggshell Online Chicken Coops and Houses for Sale Lancing.
Discover The Fun Of Hatching Your Own Chicks (Sponsored) | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
April 28,2015
Feeding Chickens the Easy Way – Animals – GRIT Magazine.
Cracking The Bird Flu Code | Backyard Poultry Magazine.

BYC April 23, 2015
How, And How Not To Light Your Coop –
Why Join Back Yard Chickens? The Benefits Of Being A BYC Member. – BackYard Chickens Community.
Cedar Chicken Coop. Nice Selection of quality Coops!
April 17, 2015
8 Tips To Make Rooster Crowing Less Annoying | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
ATale of Two Broodies | Mother Hen Diaries.

FAQ's 8March 11, 2015
The Chicken Chick®: How to Sex Chickens: Male or Female, Hen or Rooster?.
Impacted, Slow and Sour Crops – Prevention and Treatments – BackYard Chickens Community.
The Chicken Chick®: Coccidiosis: What Backyard Chicken Keepers Should Know.
March 2, 2015
My Successful Introduction of a New Pullet | TBN Ranch.
Setting Up Urban Chicken Coops – Urban Farm Online.
The Chicken Chick®: 11+ Tips for Predator-proofing Chickens.
How to Determine the Point of Lay | TBN Ranch.
March 1, 2015
Raising Winter Chicks in Phoenix
5 Predators After your Livestock

Spraddle leg & Curled Toes- Causes and Treatments
Jan. 24, 2015
How Cold Is Too Cold For Backyard Chickens? | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
5 Ways To Stop Aerial Backyard Chicken Predators | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Jan. 19, 2015
Healthy food for coop-bound chickens | Natural Living Homestead.
Protecting Your Backyard Chickens From Infectious Diseases | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Chicken Quarters: How to Prevent Parasites in Your Flock – Urban Farm.

Combs & WattlesJan. 8, 2015
Red star chickens – designer birds or the mutts of the poultry world?.
Why Hens Leave Fertile Nest Eggs Unattended | TBN Ranch.
Hatcheries and Supplies Index | TBN Ranch.
Martok’s Blog – How to Deal with Aggressive Roosters – Hobby Farms.

The Chicken Chick®
Dec. 22,2014
The Chicken Chick®: Facts and Myths about Fertile Eggs.
How to Create a Chicken Dust Bath for Winter Bathing-Modern Homesteading Blog-Grit Magazine.

Dec. 18, 2014
Chicken Quarters: How to Prevent Parasites in Your Flock – Urban Farm.
How To Vaccinate Poultry Chicks For Marek’s Disease | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Treating Frostbite In Chickens | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Dec 9, 2014
Information and Pictures of Over 60 Chicken Breeds.
10 Basic Tips for Protecting Chickens from Predators.
What are the signs of mites or lice and how do I treat my birds if they have an infestation? from My Pet Chicken.

1200 pics 2Dec. 7, 2014
How To Keep Your Bird’s Digestive System Healthy (Sponsored) | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
Nov. 28, 2014
A Guide To Understanding The Chicken Pecking Order
Nov. 26, 2014
How to Butcher a Chicken
Nov. 20, 2014
7 Coop Bedding Materials and How to Choose the Right One
Nov. 17, 2014
All about Diatomaceous Earth – In your Coop, Garden and Home
Infographic: What Chicken Treats Are Safe?
Deep Litter Method For Your Backyard Flock
Nov. 14, 2014
Rodent Control: 7 Ways to Keep Mice and Rats Out of the Coop
Treating and Preventing Frostbite in Chickens Naturally
Nov. 5, 2014
Ten best high protein foods to see your chickens through moulting in the autumn and cold in the winter.
Predator Proofing 101: How to Keep your Chickens Safe Day and Night

Follow Me on PinterestNov. 2, 2014
FAQ’S About Chickens | TBN Ranch

Keeping the Chickens Cool, Here’s How! | TBN Ranch
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier – Hobby Farms
Understanding Chick Starter and Poultry Grower | TBN Ranch
About the Brinsea Mini Advance Hatching Incubator
About the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder
Preparing for Baby Chicks | TBN Ranch
The Chicken Chick®: Surviving Winter with Chickens
Fresh Eggs Daily®: To Heat or not to Heat your Coop this Winter
Chicken Anatomy in Full Color! | TBN Ranch
Brinsea The Incubation Specialists / User Manuals
Why do sprouting seeds mean happy chickens? We spill the beans!





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