Resource Library for Chicken Keepers

Chickens, History and Ancestry

Poultry Genetics for Small & Backyard Flocks

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

Raising Baby Chicks

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

Raising Baby Chicks

Brooder to Coop, When?
Fecal Impaction & Baby Chicks
How to Care for your Mail Order Chicks
Raising Chicks
Solutions for Spraddle Leg
Starting Chicks, the First 60 Days
The My Pet Chicken Guide to Chicken Care, Chapter 4: Caring for baby chicks
About the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder
Controlling Heat in the Brooder

Broodies & Incubation

A Tip on 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
Working With Broody Hens
Expert Tips for Incubating Chicken Eggs.
Caring for Broody Hens | The Chicken Chick
How to Choose the Perfect Incubator
Beginner’s Guide to Incubation

Articles for Chicken Keepers, by Chicken Keepers

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

Feeding Chickens

All About Feeders
Feeding Chickens Rolled Oats
Feeding Chickens, Standard Diet
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

Managing Eggs

Brittle Eggs
Cleaning Farm Eggs
Incubate & Hatch Eggs
Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better
Why Your Hens Aren’t Laying Eggs, Solutions

Frequently Asked Questions

Simple answers for common problems in chicken keeping. Resources to assist you care for and better understand your flock.

Managing the Flock

Coop Building Plans
Backyard Chickens, Know What you’re Getting into
Can Chickens Fly?

All About Molting

An informative article on Why, When, and How Molting Affects a Hen’s Egg Production.

Checklist for Chicken Coop
Chicken Keeping in Winter
City Chickens, Getting Started
The Chicken Chick®: Chicken Resources Directory
Chickens: Intervention and Management of Problematic Pecking
How Long Does a Chicken Live?
How Much Space Chickens Need
Understanding the Molting Process
Introducing New Chickens
Keeping Chickens Cool
Keeping Chickens in Excessive Heat
Nest Boxes, Bedding Types
Pecking Order
The Chicken’s Senses

Chicken Coops

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How to Determine the Point of Lay | TBN Ranch.
Breaking the Broody Hen
Choosing a Drinker for your Flock
Identifying Chicken Predators AFTER They Attack
Getting Chickens to Roost in the Right Place
Clipping Chicken Nails
Winterizing the Chicken House
5 Different Types of Coop Heaters
Ways to Keep your Chickens Water from Freezing in Winter
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter
How to Keep your Chickens Safe from Possums
Pros & Cons of Keeping a Rooster
Ultimate Chicken Coop Guide
How to Humanely Euthanize a Chicken
Guide to Chicken Keeping in Extreme Cold
The Best Way to Catch a Chicken
Chicken Coop Ramps, The Ultimate Guide
Chicken Roost Types & Ideas
Raising Chickens, Pros & Cons
Winter Chicken Keeping in Phoenix | TBN Ranch
Keeping Chickens Safe From Fox

Hatcheries & Supplies

Where to buy mail order chicks & supplies.

Poultry Health & Medical

About Worming Chickens
Backyard Biosecurity
Chicken First Aid Kit
Loss of Baby Chicks
Vaccination Programs for Chickens
Dosages of the Good Stuff… For Chicken with Parasites
Feather Loss
How To Treat Bumblefoot In Chickens – Hobby Farms

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Identifying Predators

Six common predators and the clues they leave behind after an attack.

How-To Videos
Clipping FLIGHT FEATHERS on Chickens
Sexing Chicks



Protect Your Baby Chicks from Life Threatening Fecal Impaction

Unexplained Death of Baby Chicks, Explained
amy elizabeth | TBN Ranch

At one time or another it’s inevitable you’ll lose one or more of your new baby chicks. Mail order chicks, or chicks kept in stressful conditions are most at risk.
We usually blame it one one thing or another, but the most common reason is often overlooked… and can be avoided…. Continue Reading

Fecal Impaction

Chicks Will Be Available in Phoenix Soon

Which Chicks and Where to Find Them
Which Breeds Beat the Heat

In about two weeks Phoenix area feed stores will be stocking up their brooders with an abundance of baby chicks for you to buy. You’ll see the most popular breeds, usually the best layers of brown, tinted, and blue-green eggs. The fancy breeds, commonly called ornamental, or exhibition chicks are rarely found locally, but they are easily located online at hatcheries who will safely ship chicks to you.

Choosing the Right Chicks

Rhode Island Red, TBN Ranch

If your sole purpose for keeping chickens is for lots of eggs, you’ll want to choose a proven breed known to yield over 200 eggs per year.

Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns rate high on my list of excellent producers. However, I don’t particularly care for the chicken yard drama that come with the brown egg laying Rhode Island Red. They can be bossy and a bit aggressive when demanding their place in the pecking order. However, they are a favorite among many chicken keepers and very heat hardy.

The Leghorn will give you white eggs of good size, most every day, but I don’t consider them very heat hardy in Phoenix’s extreme temperatures. Still, with a little effort to accommodate their extra needs in summer, I like them. The Leghorn is not readily available, but if you look around, you’ll find them. Pratts in Glendale or The Feed Barn in Phoenix are usually a goods place to find a wide variety of chicks or pullets.


The Ameraucana or Easter Egger will be available most likely in every feed store. They are quite popular for their blue-green eggs. I consider them very heat hardy, and they get along nicely with other members of the flock.

The Ameraucana is a docile bird, predictable, and an excellent layer. Best described as aloof, not what I consider a social bird. If your looking for more of a social bird, lets talk Orpingtons!

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Orpingtons are a brown egg layer, very docile, social, and a nice choice to include in your flock.

They’re not especially heat hardy, but if provided with ample shade, an area to dig to cooler ground, and adequate space they will fair well.

This heavy breed has broody tendencies and this may be a problem if they retire to a hot coop and refuse to leave during the summer months. I have experienced heat exhaustion a few times with this breed, so this is definitely something to consider if you’re not willing to give them extra special attention.

My Favorite Places to Buy Common Chicks in the Phoenix Area:

 Pratts / Large selection of chicks, sometimes pullets, hens, & roosters
Western Ranchman / Common chicks
Pet Club Feed & Tack, N. Phoenix / Common chick varieties
Pet Food Depot / Common chick varieties

Looking to Order Chicks from a Hatchery?

Murray McMurray / The World’s Rare Breed Poultry Headquarters
🙂 My Pet Chicken Chicks, pullets, coops, & supplies
Meyer Hatchery / Offering 160 varieties of Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Exotic Fowl & More
Stromberg’s / Provides over 200 varieties of chickens
Cackle Hatchery / Hatchery & Supplies
🙂 Ideal / Breeding Farms / Hatchery breeds chickens bantams ducks chicks