Resource Library for Chicken Keepers

Ancestry
Chickens, History and Ancestry

Genetics
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

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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
BREAKING THE BROODY HEN
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

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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

Managing Eggs
Brittle Eggs
Cleaning Farm Eggs
Egg Problem Chart
Incubate & Hatch Eggs
Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better

Managing the Flock
Coop Building Plans
All About Molting
Backyard Chickens, Know What you’re Getting into
Can Chickens Fly?
Checklist for Chicken Coop
Chicken Keeping in Winter
Chicken TERMINOLOGY
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
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

Ordinances & Laws
Chicken Laws / Various States
City of Phoenix, AZ Municiple Code 8-7 Poultry & Rodents
Urban Chicken Keeping Laws

Poultry Health & Medical
About Worming Chickens
Backyard Biosecurity
Bumblefoot
Chicken First Aid Kit
Loss of Baby Chicks
Salmonella
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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How-To Videos
Clipping FLIGHT FEATHERS on Chickens
Sexing Chicks

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Broody Hens, Behavior and How to Handle It

Need a better understanding of the broody hen? Here’s a few articles that will help you address this behavior.

Tips on Breaking the Broody Hen

Definition of Broody: A hen with strong instincts to hatch eggs, whether or not they are fertile, or even present in the nest.
The Signs: Your hen won’t leave the nest, appears to not be eating, her feathers are all fluffed up, she’s pale, and lethargic. These are classic signs of the broody hen. First of all she isn’t starving, she is eating and drinking, but it’s low on her list of priorities… Read Article

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What is a Broody Hen and How to Deal With It
McMurray Hatchery Blog

It is normal for hens to “go broody” and some breeds are more prone to go broody than others. We thought we’d share some general information with you… Read Article

FYI… Chicken Breeds with Broody Tendencies

If you are only interested in egg production than you may not want to purchase chicks that have broody tendencies.  Broody hens can be troublesome, so if your not looking for a mother hen, here are the breeds you may want to avoid… Read Article

About the Welsummer

The Welsummer rooster is rustic-red and orange in color and the hen is a light and dark brown partridge pattern with gold around the neck area.  This dual purpose large fowl lays  large terracotta dark brown eggs, often with speckles. Expect about 160 eggs per year.

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Features & Color Variations
Single comb, medium wattles, broad chest and back, wide full tail, and 4 toes.  There are three variations of the standard Welsummer, Partridge, Silver Duckwing and the Gold Duckwing. Recognized Varieties: Red Partridge
Behavior
Welsummers are friendly and intelligent, but not considered especially docile. They generally confine well, but prefer to forage. Setter/broody: yes.
Bantams
The Welsummer Bantam lays light brown eggs, and their production is slightly higher than the standard at about 180 eggs per year. Bantams exist in both Partridge and Silver Duckwing colors but are rare.

Origin: Netherlands
Class: Continental
Type: Large Fowl
Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
Rarity: Common
Purpose: Dual

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Breed Focus, About the Australorp

The Australorp is a great choice if your looking for an excellent layer of large brown eggs. Expect approximately five eggs per week from this *dual purpose bird. Their color is black, weight at maturity is 7-8 pounds, they are docile, friendly, and considered shy.

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About the Australorp

Single Comb | 4 Toes | Broody/Setter | Confines Well | Average, 260 Eggs Yearly | Cold Hardy
Class: English • Rarity: Common

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The Australorp is of Australian origin, developed as a utility breed with a focus on egg laying. It achieved world wide popularity in the 1920s after the breed broke numerous world records for number of eggs laid. The most popular color is black, which is the only color recognized in the United States. However, blue and white are also recognized in its home country. South Africa recognizes buff, splash, wheaten laced and golden as well.

The Australorp is a great starter bird if your new to chicken keeping. The chicks are hardy and very easy to raise.
* Dual Purpose: provides 2 kinds of resources, meat & eggs.

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