Resource Library for Chicken Keepers

πŸ™‚ by TBN Ranch

Baby Chicks

The First 7 Weeks
Preparing for, and managing baby chicks.
Everything you need to know, step by step.

πŸ™‚ How to Buy Chicks from a Feed Store
πŸ™‚ Brooder to Coop, When?
πŸ™‚ How to Care for your Mail Order Chicks
Solutions for Spraddle Leg
Chapter 4: Caring for baby chicks
πŸ™‚ Introducing Hatch-a-longs to the flock

πŸ™‚ Fecal Impaction / AKA Pasting-Up

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

πŸ™‚ Managing the Brooder Temperature

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.

πŸ™‚ About the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder
πŸ™‚ Choosing a Radiant Heat Chick Brooder
πŸ™‚ Traditional Heat Lamps, and the Radiant Heat Alternative

Charts, Diagrams, Learning

Chicken Anatomy, External, Internal, and Skeletal
Chicken Anatomy, Full Color
Chicken Egg Color Chart
Chicken Feather Variations & Markings
Development of a Chick
Checklist for Chicken Coop
πŸ™‚ Interesting Facts About Combs & Wattles + Distinctive Types
πŸ™‚ The Chickens’ Senses

Managing the Flock

πŸ™‚ Backyard Chickens, Know What you’re Getting into
πŸ™‚ Can Chickens Fly?
πŸ™‚ Intervention and Management of Problematic Pecking
πŸ™‚ How Long Does a Chicken Live?
πŸ™‚ How Much Space Chickens Need
πŸ™‚ All About Molting
πŸ™‚ Introducing New Chickens
πŸ™‚ Pecking Order
πŸ™‚ The Chicken’s Senses
πŸ™‚ The Deep Litter Method in the Coop Explained

πŸ™‚ 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.

πŸ™‚ Getting Chickens to Roost in the Right Place
5 Different Types of Coop Heaters
Pros & Cons of Keeping a Rooster
How to Humanely Euthanize a Chicken
πŸ™‚ The Best Way to Catch a Chicken
πŸ™‚ Raising Chickens, Pros & Cons

Informative Articles for Chicken Keepers

A collection of articles from across the web by
content contributors who share their experience and expertise.

πŸ™‚ The Role of a Rooster

The primary role of a rooster in a flock of chickens is to fertilize the eggs laid by the hens. Aside from fertilizing eggs, roosters also play a protective role in the flock. They are naturally aggressive and territorial animals that will defend their hens from predators… Continue Reading

Seasonal Chicken Keeping

πŸ™‚ Keeping Chickens in Extreme Heat

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

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter
Winterizing the Chicken House
πŸ™‚ Keeping Chickens Cool πŸ™‚ MORE
πŸ™‚ Keeping Chickens in Winter
More: Chicken Keeping in Winter
Guide to Chicken Keeping in Extreme Cold
πŸ™‚ Winter Chicken Keeping in Phoenix

Broodies & Incubation

πŸ™‚ Keeping Hens with Eggs or Chicks safe Among the Flock
Broody Hens vs Incubators Pros & Cons
How to Incubate & Hatch Eggs
My Pet Chicken Guide to Incubation & Hatching
Caring for Broody Hens
How to Choose the Perfect Incubator
Beginner’s Guide to Incubation
πŸ™‚ Why a Hen Leaves the Nest After Laying an Egg
When is it Safe to Open the Incubator?
Solving Incubation Issues When Hatching Eggs

Chicken Coops, Drinkers, Feeders, & More

πŸ™‚ 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

πŸ™‚ 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.

πŸ™‚ Less Waste, No Mess Chicken Feeders
πŸ™‚ Coop Building Plans
πŸ™‚ Less Waste, No Mess Chicken Feeders
Ultimate Chicken Coop Guide
Chicken Coop Ramps, The Ultimate Guide

πŸ™‚ 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

πŸ™‚ Creative Roost Ideas

There are so many different types of roosts, which one is best for your coop?  Your birds need something suitable to roost on at night, it can be an old ladder, or maybe something you design from scrap lumber. Or… you can be creative and come up with something totally unique.  Here are over 50 types to inspire you. View Now

Feeding & Nutrition

πŸ™‚ Feeding Chickens Rolled Oats
πŸ™‚ Feeding Hemp Seed
Fresh Food List for Chickens
πŸ™‚ Toxic Food List for Chickens
Feeding & Watering Chickens
Feeding Chickens at Different Ages
How Do Chickens Digest Food?
Natural Supplements for Chickens
Gardening with Chickens, Plants to Avoid
πŸ™‚Understanding Chick Starter & Grower Feed
πŸ™‚ About Grit and Chicks & Chickens
πŸ™‚ Five Healthy Supplements for Your Chickens
Chicken Feeding Chart


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

πŸ™‚ Common Predators to Chickens in Phoenix, AZ
How to Keep your Chickens Safe from Possums
πŸ™‚ Keeping Chickens Safe From Fox

Choosing a Breed

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.

πŸ™‚ All About Heritage Chickens


Chickens, History and Ancestry
A History of Chickens: Then (1900) Vs Now (2016)

Managing Eggs

πŸ™‚ When to Expect the First Egg

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.

πŸ™‚ Brittle Eggs
πŸ™‚ Cleaning Farm Eggs
Incubate & Hatch Eggs
πŸ™‚ Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better
πŸ™‚ Why Your Hens Aren’t Laying Eggs, Solution
πŸ™‚ How Light Effects Egg Production
πŸ™‚ Shelf Eggs Come Up a Little Short on Nutritional Value

Mail-Order Chicks, Hatcheries & Supplies

πŸ™‚ 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.

Health & Wellness

πŸ™‚ About Worming Chickens
πŸ™‚ Dosages of the Good Stuff… For Chicken with Parasites
πŸ™‚ Backyard Biosecurity
πŸ™‚ Loss of Baby Chicks
πŸ™‚ Salmonella
How to Treat Bumblefoot
Diseases: 5 Common Flock Problems & How to Treat Them
πŸ™‚ Salmonella Safety Practices for Chicken Keepers
All About Marek’s Disease


Sexing Chicks
How To Clip & Trim The Wings Of Your Chicken To Prevent Flight
πŸ™‚ Clipping Chicken Nails

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