The First 7 Weeks
Preparing for, and managing baby chicks.
Everything you need to know, step by step.
🙂 How to Buy Chicks from a Feed Store
🙂 Brooder to Coop, When?
🙂 How to Care for your Mail Order Chicks
Solutions for Spraddle Leg
Chapter 4: Caring for baby chicks
🙂 Introducing Hatch-a-longs to the flock
🙂 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
🙂 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.
🙂 About the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder
🙂 Choosing a Radiant Heat Chick Brooder
🙂 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
🙂 Interesting Facts About Combs & Wattles + Distinctive Types
🙂 The Chickens’ Senses
Managing the Flock
🙂 Backyard Chickens, Know What you’re Getting into
🙂 Can Chickens Fly?
🙂 Chicken TERMINOLOGY
🙂 Intervention and Management of Problematic Pecking
🙂 How Long Does a Chicken Live?
🙂 How Much Space Chickens Need
🙂 All About Molting
🙂 Introducing New Chickens
🙂 Pecking Order
🙂 The Chicken’s Senses
🙂 The Deep Litter Method in the Coop Explained
🙂 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.
🙂 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
🙂 The Best Way to Catch a Chicken
🙂 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.
🙂 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
🙂 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
🙂 Keeping Chickens Cool 🙂 MORE
🙂 Keeping Chickens in Winter
More: Chicken Keeping in Winter
Guide to Chicken Keeping in Extreme Cold
🙂 Winter Chicken Keeping in Phoenix
Broodies & Incubation
🙂 Keeping Hens with Eggs or Chicks safe Among the Flock
🙂 BREAKING THE BROODY HEN
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
🙂 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
🙂 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
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.
🙂 Less Waste, No Mess Chicken Feeders
🙂 Coop Building Plans
🙂 Less Waste, No Mess Chicken Feeders
Ultimate Chicken Coop Guide
Chicken Coop Ramps, The Ultimate Guide
🙂 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
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
🙂 Feeding Chickens Rolled Oats
🙂 Feeding Hemp Seed
Fresh Food List for Chickens
🙂 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
🙂Understanding Chick Starter & Grower Feed
🙂 About Grit and Chicks & Chickens
🙂 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.
🙂 Common Predators to Chickens in Phoenix, AZ
How to Keep your Chickens Safe from Possums
🙂 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.
Chickens, History and Ancestry
A History of Chickens: Then (1900) Vs Now (2016)
🙂 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.
🙂 Brittle Eggs
🙂 Cleaning Farm Eggs
Incubate & Hatch Eggs
🙂 Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better
🙂 Why Your Hens Aren’t Laying Eggs, Solution
🙂 How Light Effects Egg Production
🙂 Shelf Eggs Come Up a Little Short on Nutritional Value
Mail-Order Chicks, Hatcheries & Supplies
🙂 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
🙂 About Worming Chickens
🙂 Dosages of the Good Stuff… For Chicken with Parasites
🙂 Backyard Biosecurity
🙂 Loss of Baby Chicks
How to Treat Bumblefoot
Diseases: 5 Common Flock Problems & How to Treat Them
🙂 Salmonella Safety Practices for Chicken Keepers
All About Marek’s Disease
How To Clip & Trim The Wings Of Your Chicken To Prevent Flight
🙂 Clipping Chicken Nails