Resource Library for Chicken Keepers

Content: Baby Chicks, Charts & Diagrams, Flock Management, Seasonal Concerns, Broodies, Chicken Coops, Drinkers & Feeders, Feeding & Nutrition, Predators, Choosing a Breed, Eggs, Mail order Chicks, Hatcheries & Supplies, Health & Wellness.

Baby Chicks

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

How to Buy Chicks from a Feed Store TBN Ranch
Brooder to Coop, When? TBN Ranch
How to Care for your Mail Order Chicks TBN Ranch
Introducing Hatch-a-longs to the flock TBN Ranch
About the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder TBN Ranch
Choosing a Radiant Heat Chick Brooder TBN Ranch
Traditional Heat Lamps, and the Radiant Heat Alternative TBN Ranch
What is that black spot or string on my baby chick’s rear end? TBN Ranch
When To Move Baby Chicks From The Brooder To Coop TBN Ranch
Hatcheries and Supplies Index TBN Ranch
Preparing for Baby Chicks TBN Ranch
A Collection of Caring for Baby Chicks Articles from Experts TBN Ranch

Fecal Impaction or Pasting up
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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.

Managing the Brooder Temperature
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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.

Brooder For Your Chicks
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A brooder for chicks is a special enclosure or container designed to provide a warm and safe environment for newly hatched chicks to grow and develop until they are fully feathered.
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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

Managing the Flock

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Backyard Chickens, Know What You’re Getting into TBN Ranch
Backyard Chickens, Yes or No? Is it for You? TBN Ranch
Can Chickens Fly? TBN Ranch
How Long Does a Chicken Live? TBN Ranch
How Much Space Chickens Need TBN Ranch

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

All About Molting TBN Ranch
Adding Chickens to an Existing Flock TBN Ranch
My Successful Introduction of a New Pullet TBN Ranch
The Chicken’s Senses TBN Ranch
The Deep Litter Method in the Coop Explained TBN Ranch
10 Essential Tips for Healthy Chickens TBN Ranch
How Do Feathers Keep Chickens Warm? TBN Ranch

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Getting Chickens to Roost in the Right Place TBN Ranch
The Best Way to Catch a Chicken TBN Ranch
Raising Chickens, Pros & Cons TBN Ranch
Sand or Pine Shavings in the Coop? TBN Ranch
About Combs & Wattles TBN Ranch
Fun Facts About Chickens TBN Ranch
What Is a Proper Roost for Chickens? TBN Ranch
Chicken Wire or Hardware Cloth? TBN Ranch

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The Role of a Rooster
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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
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 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

Keeping Chickens in Winter TBN Ranch
Winter Chicken Keeping in Phoenix TBN Ranch


Keeping Hens with Eggs or Chicks safe Among the Flock TBN Ranch
Why a Hen Leaves the Nest After Laying an Egg TBN Ranch
How to Introduce Chicks to a Broody Hen TBN Ranch

Chicken Coops, Drinkers, Feeders, & More

Over 500 Coops to Ponder Over
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Which coop is right for you and your flock? Traditional, unique, DYI, or maybe you’re looking for an elaborate set-up? View Now

Drinkers / Waterers
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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 TBN Ranch
Coop Building Plans TBN Ranch

Nest Box & Bedding Gallery | TBN Ranch
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

Creative Roost Ideas
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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

Choosing the Right Feed For Chicks & Chickens, What The Labels Mean TBN Ranch
Feeding Hemp Seed TBN Ranch
Toxic Food List for Chickens TBN Ranch
Understanding Chick Starter & Grower Feed TBN Ranch
About Grit and Chicks & Chickens TBN Ranch
Five Healthy Supplements for Your Chickens TBN Ranch
Chicken Feeding Chart TBN Ranch
What Not to Feed Chickens TBN Ranch

Outdoor Gardening Safety
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Common Outdoor Plants That are Generally Considered Toxic to Chickens TBN Ranch


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 TBN Ranch
Keeping Chickens Safe From Fox TBN Ranch

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.

All About Heritage Chickens TBN Ranch
Choosing a Good Laying Hen TBN Ranch
Chickens That are Known to be Flighty TBN Ranch
A Few Fancy Crested Chicken Breeds & Where to Get Them TBN Ranch

Managing Eggs

When to Expect the First Egg
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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 TBN Ranch
Cleaning Farm Eggs TBN Ranch
Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better TBN Ranch
Why Your Hens Aren’t Laying Eggs, Solution TBN Ranch
How Light Effects Egg Production TBN Ranch
Shelf Eggs Come Up a Little Short on Nutritional Value TBN Ranch
Egg Labels and What They All Mean TBN Ranch
Chickens That Will Give You a Variety of Colorful Eggs TBN Ranch
5 Chickens That Lay Colored Eggs TBN Ranch

How Long Are Eggs Good For?
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The freshness and safety of eggs can vary depending on several factors, including how they are stored and whether they are raw or cooked. However, I can offer you the basic safety guidelines to follow. There is also an easy float test that can determine the age of an egg. Read Article

Mail-Order Chicks, Hatcheries & Supplies

Hatcheries & Retailers
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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

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About Worming Chickens TBN Ranch
Backyard Biosecurity TBN Ranch
Loss of Baby Chicks TBN Ranch
Salmonella TBN Ranch
Salmonella Safety Practices for Chicken Keepers TBN Ranch
Perosis Disease in Chickens / Poor Nutrition TBN Ranch


Sexing Chicks TBN Ranch
Clipping Chicken Nails TBN Ranch

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