Informative Articles

A Collection of Articles by Chicken Keepers From Across the Web

๐Ÿ™‚ by TBN Ranch

Managing Your Backyard Flock

 Backyard Chickens, Yes or No? Is it for You?
๐Ÿ™‚ Fun Facts About Chickens
How to Help Molting Chickens Through the Process
๐Ÿ™‚ How Do Feathers Keep Chickens Warm?
Are You Buying A Pullet or Hen?
๐Ÿ™‚ About Combs & Wattles
Raising Chickens for Meat and Eggs
๐Ÿ™‚ Understanding the Pecking Order
๐Ÿ™‚ A Guide To Understanding The Chicken Pecking Order
Poultry Farming Terminology โ€“ Whatโ€™s in a Name?
Chicks Vs. Pullets: Whatโ€™s The Best Way To Start Your Flock?
6 Tools Every Chicken Keeper Needs
Why Some Chickens Molt Faster Than Others
Considerations for Keeping a Rooster
๐Ÿ™‚ Adding Hens to an Existing Flock
๐Ÿ™‚ My Successful Introduction of a New Pullet
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Determine the Point of Lay
๐Ÿ™‚ Why Hens Leave Fertile Nest Eggs Unattended
How to Deal with Aggressive Roosters
The Ultimate Guide to Raising Chickens in the City

Feed & Nutrition

How to Raise Mealworms for your Flock More: How To Raise Mealworms
Feeding Chickens โ€“ An Introductory Guide
Probiotics and Ferments: Theyโ€™re Good For Your Chickens, Too!
About Organic Chicken Farms
What to Feed Chickens in Winter
DIY Sprouted Fodder for Livestock
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Chickens & Obesity
9 Healthy Treats Your Chickens Will Love
Healthy food for coop-bound chickens
Why do sprouting seeds mean happy chickens? We spill the beans!
Homemade Suet for Chickens

Broody Talk

๐Ÿ™‚ Tips on Breaking the Broody Hen
More: Broodiness in Chickens
5 Broody Chicken Breeds Great For Hatching Eggs
Caring for Broody Hens: Facilitating Egg-hatching
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Hens with Eggs or Chicks safe Among the Flock
Broody Hens vs Incubators Pros & Cons
Caring for Broody Hens

Raising Baby Chicks

๐Ÿ™‚ Raising Baby Chicks the First 7 Weeks
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Buy Chicks from a Feed Store
How Much Heat Do Chicks REALLY Need?
When to Move Chicks from Brooder to Chicken Coop
๐Ÿ™‚ Hatcheries and Supplies Index
๐Ÿ™‚ Preparing for Baby Chicks

Health & Well-Being

Flystrike in Backyard Chickens, Causes, Prevention & Treatment
How I Use Herbs in My Coop and Why You Should Too
Top 11 Ways to Accidentally Kill Your Chickens
Spraddle leg & Curled Toes- Causes and Treatments
Gardening with Chickens, Plants to Avoid
How to Treat Bumblefoot
๐Ÿ™‚ About Worming Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Dosages of the Good Stuffโ€ฆ For Chicken with Parasites
Diseases: 5 Common Flock Problems & How to Treat Them
All About Marek’s Disease

Seasonal Concerns in Winter & Summer

Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Warm and Alive in the Winter
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Surviving Winter with Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Raising Winter Chicks in Phoenix
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens Cool in Summer
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping the Chickens Cool, Hereโ€™s How!
Fresh Eggs Dailyยฎ: To Heat or not to Heat your Coop this Winter
Raising Chickens in Cold Country
Should I Light the Coop Over Winter
Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion

Incubation & Hatching

How to Incubate & Hatch Eggs
My Pet Chicken Guide to Incubation & Hatching
How to Choose the Perfect Incubator
Beginnerโ€™s Guide to Incubation
When is it Safe to Open the Incubator?
Solving Incubation Issues When Hatching Eggs
What To Know Before Breeding Chickens
Candling Eggs

All About Eggs

Abnormal Chicken Eggs: What You Need To Know!
๐Ÿ™‚ Cleaning Farm Eggs
๐Ÿ™‚ What Not to Feed Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Egg Labels and What They All Mean
How a Hen Makes an Egg & Egg Oddities..
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Determine the Point of Lay
Facts and Myths about Fertile Eggs
๐Ÿ™‚ Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better
๐Ÿ™‚ Brittle Eggs

Chicken Coops, Inside & Out

Portable Chicken Coops
Chicken Coop Designs for Backyard Chickens
22 DIY Chicken Coops You Need In Your Backyard
Chicken Coops Youโ€™ll Love
20 Stunning Chicken Coop Designs For Your Lovely Birds
4 Chicken Runs and Coops Built From Recycled Materials
Everything You Need to Know about Chicken Roosting Bars
DIY Chicken Swing โ€“ Attainable Sustainable
21 Positively Dreamy Chicken Coops
7 Coop Bedding Materials and How to Choose the Right One
Chicken Coop Bedding: Sand, the Litter Superstar

Breed Profiles

๐Ÿ™‚ Choosing a Good Laying Hen
Speckled Sussex : the right breed for you?
Olive Egger Chicken: May Breed of the Month
Marans Chicken: April Breed of the Month
Chicken Breed Focus โ€“ Japanese Bantam
Chicken Breed Focus โ€“ Ancona
Chicken Breed Focus โ€“ New Hampshire
4 Fabulously Long-Tailed Chickens
About Sex-Links
Chicken Breed Focus โ€“ Appenzeller Spitzhauben.
Red star chickens โ€“ designer birds or the mutts of the poultry world?
๐Ÿ™‚ All About Heritage Chickens


Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop and Run
Secrets To Predator-Proofing Your Chicken Coop
10 Basic Tips for Protecting Chickens from Predators
Best Tips How To Keep Secure Your Chickens
Predator Proofing 101: How to Keep your Chickens Safe Day and Night
๐Ÿ™‚ Common Predators to Chickens in Phoenix, AZ
How to Keep your Chickens Safe from Possums
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens Safe From Fox


How To Clip & Trim The Wings Of Your Chicken To Prevent Flight
๐Ÿ™‚ Clipping Chicken Nails
How to Humanely Euthanize a Chicken

Good Housekeeping Practices & Biosecurity

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Poultry House
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier
Raising Chickens Naturally: Diatomaceous Earth is No Friend of Nature
๐Ÿ™‚ Salmonella
๐Ÿ™‚ Salmonella Safety Practices for Chicken Keepers

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