Resource Library for Chicken Keepers

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Charts & Diagrams
Chicken Anatomy, External, Internal, and Skeletal
Chicken Anatomy, Full Color
Chicken Combs and Wattles
Chicken Egg Color Chart
Chicken Feather Variations & Markings
Chicken Feeding Chart
Development of a Chick
Checklist for Chicken Coop

๐Ÿ™‚ Raising Baby Chicks | TBN Ranch

Preparing for, and managing baby chicks.
Everything you need to know, step by step.

Raising Baby Chicks
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Buy Chicks from a Feed Store|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Brooder to Coop, When? | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Care for your Mail Order Chicks|TBNRanch
Raising Chicks|Micro Farm Life Micro Farm Life
Solutions for Spraddle Leg Fresh Eggs Daily | Poultry
Chapter 4: Caring for baby chicks My Pet Chicken
๐Ÿ™‚ About the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Controlling Temperature in the Brooder|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Choosing a Radiant Heat Chick Brooder| TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Introducing Hatch-a-longs to the flock | TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Fecal Impaction / AKA Pasting-Up | TBN Ranch

Young chicks commonly suffer from fecal impaction, and if left untreated they will die. The warning signs are listlessness, stumbling, and sometimes a swollen abdomen. Most likely your ailing chick has a dirty bum with caked on fecal matter hindering the ability to poop. What to Do

Managing the Flock
๐Ÿ™‚ Coop Building Plans
๐Ÿ™‚ Backyard Chickens, Know What you’re Getting into | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Can Chickens Fly? | TBN Ranch
Chicken Keeping in Winter City Girl Farming
๐Ÿ™‚ Chicken TERMINOLOGY|TBN Ranch
City Chickens, Getting Started wikiHow
Chicken Care The Chicken Chickยฎ
๐Ÿ™‚ Intervention and Management of Problematic Pecking | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ How Long Does a Chicken Live?|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ How Much Space Chickens Need | TBN Ranch
Understanding the Molting Process Murray McMurray
๐Ÿ™‚ All About Molting|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Introducing New Chickens|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens Cool|TBN Ranch ๐Ÿ™‚ MORE
๐Ÿ™‚ Pecking Order | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ The Chicken’s Senses|TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Articles for Chicken Keepers, by Chicken Keepers

Hundreds of collected articles from across the web.
Content contributors sharing their experience and expertise.

Broodies & Incubation
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Hens with Eggs or Chicks safe Among the Flock| TBN Ranch
Broody Hens vs Incubators Pros & Cons Backyard Chickens
How to Incubate & Hatch Eggs Backyard Chickens
My Pet Chicken Guide to Incubation & Hatching My Pet Chicken
Caring for Broody Hens The Chicken Chick
How to Choose the Perfect Incubator The Happy Chicken Coop
Beginner’s Guide to Incubation Backyard Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Why a Hen Leaves the Nest After Laying an Egg | TBN Ranch
When is it Safe to Open the Incubator? Cluckin mad about chickens
Solving Incubation Issues When Hatching Eggs Hobby Farms

๐Ÿ™‚ Over 500 Coops to Ponder Over

Which coop is right for you and your flock? Traditional, unique, DYI, or maybe you’re looking for an elaborate set-up? View Now

Feeding Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Choosing a Feeder, View the Many Choices | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Feeding Chickens Rolled Oats | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Feeding Hemp Seed | TBN Ranch
Fresh Food List for Chickens Backyard Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Toxic Food List for Chickens | TBN Ranch
Feeding & Watering Chickens Willow Creek Farm
Feeding Chickens at Different Ages The Chicken Chickยฎ
How Do Chickens Digest Food? Backyard Poultry
Natural Supplements for Chickens Home & Garden Guides
Gardening with Chickens, Plants to Avoid the good life ain’t easy
๐Ÿ™‚Understanding Chick Starter & Grower Feed | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ About Grit and Chicks & Chickens | TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Breed Profiles & Characteristics

Building a flock? There are many beautiful chicken breeds to choose from, each having something special to offer. The breeds we chose in this article are primarily birds we are familiar with.
Details are specifically about temperament, egg size, egg color, egg production, primary use, and weight.

Chickens, History and Ancestry Phillip Clauer
A History of Chickens: Then (1900) Vs Now (2016) The Happy Chicken Coop

๐Ÿ™‚ Managing the Brooder Temperature | TBN Ranch

The brooder is where your chicks will live until they are fully feathered. This article will help you keep them comfortable by understanding their behavior while using a traditional heat lamp or today’s radiant heat alternative. Read Article

Managing Eggs
๐Ÿ™‚ Brittle Eggs | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Cleaning Farm Eggs | TBN Ranch
Incubate & Hatch Eggs Backyard Chickens
๐Ÿ™‚ Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Why Your Hens Aren’t Laying Eggs, Solution | TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Understanding the Pecking Order

It is often the stronger or larger birds that rank highest in the social order. This article will help you learn how to minimize the drama when the bullying becomes excessive.

๐Ÿ™‚ When to Expect the First Egg | TBN Ranch

If you buy your birds as chicks, you can expect to feed and care for them for 22 to 24 weeks before they reach their point of lay. However, this depends on the breed, time of year, and the level of care they have received. Learn in detail how to determine the point of lay HERE.

๐Ÿ™‚ Breaking the Broody Hen|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Identifying Chicken Predators AFTER They Attack|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Getting Chickens to Roost in the Right Place|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Clipping Chicken Nails | TBN Ranch
Winterizing the Chicken House ART & BRI
5 Different Types of Coop Heaters The Happy Chicken Coop
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter The Spruce, Lauren Arcuri
How to Keep your Chickens Safe from Possums The Happy Chicken Coop
Pros & Cons of Keeping a Rooster Rural Living
Ultimate Chicken Coop Guide Mile Four

๐Ÿ™‚ Drinkers/Waterers

So many to choose from, but which one best fits your flock’s needs? Auto-fill, nipple, standard fill, or DIY, view them all in one convenient place HERE.

๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens in Extreme Heat | TBN Ranch

 Is your chicken yard and coop suitable to sustain the well-being of your flock in the summer? Itโ€™s essential to prepare for extreme heat, or your birds may suffer from heat exhaustion… Read More

How to Humanely Euthanize a Chicken The Chicken Chick
Guide to Chicken Keeping in Extreme Cold Scoop from the Coop
๐Ÿ™‚ The Best Way to Catch a Chicken|TBN Ranch
Chicken Coop Ramps, The Ultimate Guide The Featherbrain
๐Ÿ™‚ Chicken Roost Types & Ideas|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Raising Chickens, Pros & Cons|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Winter Chicken Keeping in Phoenix | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens Safe From Fox|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Salmonella Safety Practices for Chicken Keepers|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Less Waste, No Mess Chicken Feeders|TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ Hatcheries & Retailers

A list of our favorite hatcheries & retailers. We have purchased chicks from all these hatcheries and have always been satisfied. Online retailers are also included, especially useful for those hard to find items. Visit Now

Poultry Health & Medical
๐Ÿ™‚ About Worming Chickens|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Dosages of the Good Stuff… For Chicken with Parasites|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Backyard Biosecurity|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Loss of Baby Chicks|TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Salmonella|TBN Ranch
How to Treat Bumblefoot Hobby Farms
Diseases: 5 Common Flock Problems & How to Treat Them The Happy Chicken Coop

๐Ÿ™‚ Nest Box & Bedding Gallery More than 100 to View!

Nesting boxes are essential and extremely useful for chickens and their keepers. A clean, private and peaceful space encourages hens to lay eggs all in one place. Without nest boxes, hens will lay their eggs in random places, which is inconvenient for keepers. Here are many ideas to help you find the right nest boxes for your flock. View Now

How-To Videos
Sexing Chicks

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Hatcheries and Supplies Index

Our Favorite Hatcheries and Retailers

My Pet Chicken Favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

Backyard chickens are rewarding and easy to keep! We offer everything you need to get started including baby chicks, fertile hatching eggs, chicken coops and supplies, plus free “how to” information.

Murray McMurray

At Murray McMurray Hatchery, we provide the highest quality poultry and auxiliary products to our customers, and have been a trusted, knowledgeable industry resource for over 100 years. Whether you are an experienced or novice enthusiast, we are sure you will enjoy our wide selection of breeds and supplies to assist you with raising your flock.

Cackle Hatchery

We are a 3rd generation family owned and operated hatchery offering over 202 varieties of poultry shipped directly from our facility here in Missouri. We specialize in hatching purebred poultry and shipping day old chicks right to your local post office since 1936.

Meyer Hatchery

We Are America’s Premier Poultry Source! We pride ourselves on selection, quality, and customer service.

Arcada Pet Supplies

Arcata Pet is proud to provide a selection of poultry products that serve owners of backyard and exhibition chickens.
* Best place for leg I.D. Bands

Ideal Poultry

IDEAL POULTRY is a family owned and operated business founded in 1937 and located in Cameron, Texas.
The largest supplier of backyard poultry in the U.S, shipping close to 5 million chicks annually.


eFowl has been around the backyard chickens space for over ten years. Chickens for sale directly from chicken hatcheries near you. eFowl partners with popular chicken farms to offer you the best way to buy pet chickens or live chicks for sale.


From eggs to adults, incubators to nest boxes, Strombergโ€™s Chicks and Game Birds has been bringing our customers quality poultry and reliable equipment with our friendly customer service staff since 1921.

Fleming Outdoors

Fleming Outdoors is an online farm supply & outdoor store that has over 30 years experience in the farming and outdoors industry.

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Articles for Chicken Keepers

Informative Articles for Chicken Keepers, by Chicken Keepers

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๐Ÿ™‚ Raising Baby Chicks | TBN Ranch

Everything you need to know, step by step, to prepare for, and manage baby chicks.
Research, have a plan, be prepared, and know what to expect; these four things will help ease your commitment, so thereโ€™s more time to enjoy your birds. Read Article

๐Ÿ™‚ Backyard Chickens, Yes or No? Is it for You?- TBN Ranch
How to Raise Mealworms for your Flock | Murano Chicken Farm
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Buy Chicks from a Feed Store|TBN Ranch
7 Coop Bedding Materials and How to Choose the Right One – Hobby Farms
๐Ÿ™‚Choosing a Good Laying Hen | TBN Ranch
Portable Chicken Coops | Chicken Coops in Lancaster PA
Chicken Coop Designs for Backyard Chickens | HGTV
Abnormal Chicken Eggs: What You Need To Know!
Speckled Sussex : the right breed for you?
Gardening with Chickens, Plants to Avoid
๐Ÿ™‚ Cleaning Farm Eggs | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ What Not to Feed Chickens | TBN Ranch
22 DIY Chicken Coops You Need In Your Backyard – DIY Chicken Coop Plans
Caring For Baby Chicks with Pasty Butt โ€“ Countryside Network
How to Help Molting Chickens Through the Process
Chicken Coops You’ll Love | Wayfair

๐Ÿ™‚Identifying Predators by the Evidence They Leave Behind | TBN Ranch

Six Common Predators and the Clues Left Behind After an Attack.
Coyote, Fox, Racoon, Opossum, Hawk, and Owl.

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 โ€“ Countryside Network
Everything You Need to Know about Chicken Roosting Bars
DIY Chicken Swing โ€“ Attainable Sustainable
21 Positively Dreamy Chicken Coops

๐Ÿ™‚ About Mail Order Chicks | TBN Ranch

When your day old chicks arrive from the hatchery they will need food, water, heat, light, fresh air and space. They will arrive stressed from excess heat or cold, lack of food, and might be showing signs of dehydration.. Continue Reading

“Free Range” and “Pasture Raised” officially defined by HFAC for Certified Humaneยฎ label – Certified Humane
How to Build External Nest Boxes
Are You Buying A Pullet or Hen? Whatโ€™s The Difference and How to Spot It?
Chickens and Heat Stress
๐Ÿ™‚ About Combs & Wattles
Raising Chickens for Meat and Eggs
How I Use Herbs in My Coop and Why You Should Too
Olive Egger Chicken: May Breed of the Month – Countryside Network
๐Ÿ™‚ Understanding the Pecking Order | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ 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
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens Cool in Summer | TBN Ranch
The Chicken Chickยฎ: How Much Heat Do Chicks REALLY Need? Think Like a Mother Hen!

๐Ÿ™‚ When to Expect the First Egg | TBN Ranch

If you buy your birds as chicks, you can expect to feed and care for them for 22 to 24 weeks before they reach their point of lay. However, this depends on the breed, time of year, and the level of care they have received. Learn in detail how to determine the point of lay HERE.

Marans Chicken: April Breed of the Month โ€“ Countryside Network
When Will My Chicken Start Laying Eggs?
The Miracle of Chickensโ€™ Feathers
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Caring for Broody Hens: Facilitating Egg-hatching
Chicks Vs. Pullets: Whatโ€™s The Best Way To Start Your Flock? โ€“ Hobby Farms
Chicken Wire or Hardware Cloth for Coops โ€“ Timber Creek Farm
Secrets To Predator-Proofing Your Chicken Coop | Off The Grid News
Dominique Chickens: Heritage Poultry Breeds
How to Get Rid of Your Chickensโ€™ External Parasites โ€“ For Dummies

๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping Chickens in Hot Weather | TBN Ranch

Is your chicken yard and coop suitable to sustain the well-being of your flock in the summer’s heat? Itโ€™s essential to prepare for extreme heat, or your birds may suffer from heat exhaustion… Read Article

6 Tools Every Chicken Keeper Needs โ€“ Hobby Farms
Why Some Chickens Molt Faster Than Others | Garden Betty
Chicken Breed Focus โ€“ Japanese Bantam
What To Know Before Breeding Chickens โ€“ Hobby Farms
10 Basic Tips for Protecting Chickens from Predators
Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Warm and Alive in the Winter
How To Clip & Trim The Wings Of Your Chicken To Prevent Flight โ€“ BackYard Chickens Community
Chicken Breed Focus – Ancona
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Surviving Winter with Chickens
Germany says โ€˜no more chick shredding’ | Animals Australia
Chicken Breed Focus – New Hampshire
How To Raise Mealworms – BackYard Chickens Community
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
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Chicken Coop Bedding: Sand, the Litter Superstar
Broodiness in Chickens – Hobby Farms
Speckled Sussex : the right breed for you?
About Organic Chicken Farms – Hobby Farms

๐Ÿ™‚ Fecal Impaction (Pasting-Up) TBN Ranch

This is simply a condition where the baby chickโ€™s poop gets stuck on the downy feathers outside their vent and prevents them from pooping. Learn how to manage this common problem.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Poultry House | Cornell Small Farms Program
4 Fabulously Long-Tailed Chickens โ€“ Hobby Farms
What to Feed Chickens in Winter โ€“ Animals โ€“ GRIT Magazine
DIY Sprouted Fodder for Livestock โ€“ The Happy Homesteader โ€“ MOTHER EARTH NEWS
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier โ€“ Hobby Farms

๐Ÿ™‚ Online Hatcheries & Suppliers

Shop our favorite retailers for mail-order chicks and supplies. Everything you need for raising your flock is available HERE from my most trusted suppliers. Did you know you can order chicks from a hatchery and have them delivered to your local post office?
Visit My Pet Chicken, Murray McMurray, Cackle Hatchery, Meyer Hatchery, Ideal Poultry, eFowl, Stromberg’s, and MORE

Considerations for Keeping a Rooster
Feeding Chickens โ€“ An Introductory Guide โ€“ BackYard Chickens Community.
About Sex-Links.
5 Favorites: Backyard Chicken Coops for Small Flocks: Gardenista.
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Chickens & Obesity
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Flystrike in Backyard Chickens, Causes, Prevention & Treatment.
Chicken Breed Focus โ€“ Appenzeller Spitzhauben.
The Chicken Chickยฎ: How a Hen Makes an Egg & Egg Oddities..
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Raising Chickens Naturally: Diatomaceous Earth is No Friend of Nature, by herbalist Susan Burek.
5 Broody Chicken Breeds Great For Hatching Eggs โ€“ Hobby Farms.
9 Healthy Treats Your Chickens Will Love
The Chicken Chickยฎ: When to Move Chicks from Brooder to Chicken Coop.
๐Ÿ™‚ Heat Lamps | Red or Clear? TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Adding Hens to an Existing Flock | TBN Ranch

๐Ÿ™‚ My Successful Introduction of a New Pullet | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ How to Determine the Point of Lay | TBN Ranch.
Raising Winter Chicks in Phoenix
Spraddle leg & Curled Toes- Causes and Treatments
Healthy food for coop-bound chickens | Natural Living Homestead.
Red star chickens โ€“ designer birds or the mutts of the poultry world?.
๐Ÿ™‚ Why Hens Leave Fertile Nest Eggs Unattended | TBN Ranch.
๐Ÿ™‚ Hatcheries and Supplies Index | TBN Ranch.
Martok’s Blog – How to Deal with Aggressive Roosters – Hobby Farms.
The Chicken Chickยฎ: Facts and Myths about Fertile Eggs.

๐Ÿ™‚ A Guide To Understanding The Chicken Pecking Order|TBN Ranch
All about Diatomaceous Earth – In your Coop, Garden and Home
Treating and Preventing Frostbite in Chickens Naturally
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
๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping the Chickens Cool, Hereโ€™s How! | TBN Ranch
๐Ÿ™‚ Preparing for Baby Chicks | TBN Ranch
Fresh Eggs Dailyยฎ: To Heat or not to Heat your Coop this Winter
Brinsea The Incubation Specialists / User Manuals
Why do sprouting seeds mean happy chickens? We spill the beans!
The Ultimate Guide to Raising Chickens in the City

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