New Chicken Keeping Articles | August 7 2015


This week’s Articles for Chicken Keepers, by Chicken Keepers.

A collection of chicken keeping articles from across the web archived in one convenient library on our menu bar.

August 7, 2015
The Truth About a Rooster’s Crow | Rodale Wellness.
The Chicken Chick®: Raising Chickens Naturally: Diatomaceous Earth is No Friend of Nature, by herbalist Susan Burek.
Chicken Quarters: 15 Terms Every Chicken Keeper Needs To Know – Hobby Farms.
What’s The Best Bedding For My Coop? – Chickens In A Minute Video | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
6 Things To Know Before Processing Chickens – Hobby Farms.

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And lastly, I’ve something completely off topic to share! My pretty African Violets are just begging for a little stardom. Whoo Hoo!

African Violets

Hatcheries and Supplies Index

Looking for quality retailers who can supply you with all your chicken keeping needs? 
These companies are some of my favorites.

My Pet Chicken

Backyard chickens are rewarding and easy to keep! We offer everything you need to get started including baby chicks, fertile hatching eggs, chicken coops and supplies, plus free “how to” information.

Murray McMurray

At Murray McMurray Hatchery, we provide the highest quality poultry and auxiliary products to our customers, and have been a trusted, knowledgeable industry resource for over 100 years. Whether you are an experienced or novice enthusiast, we are sure you will enjoy our wide selection of breeds and supplies to assist you with raising your flock.

Cackle Hatchery

We are a 3rd generation family owned and operated hatchery offering over 202 varieties of poultry shipped directly from our facility here in Missouri.

We specialize in hatching purebred poultry and shipping day old chicks right to your local post office since 1936.

Meyer Hatchery

We Are America’s Premier Poultry Source! We pride ourselves on selection, quality, and customer service.

Arcada Pet Supplies

Arcata Pet is proud to provide a selection of poultry products that serve owners of backyard and exhibition chickens.
* Best place for leg I.D. Bands

Ideal Poultry

IDEAL POULTRY is a family owned and operated business founded in 1937 and located in Cameron, Texas.
The largest supplier of backyard poultry in the U.S, shipping close to 5 million chicks annually.


eFowl has been around the backyard chickens space for over ten years. Chickens for sale directly from chicken hatcheries near you. eFowl partners with popular chicken farms to offer you the best way to buy pet chickens or live chicks for sale.


From eggs to adults, incubators to nest boxes, Stromberg’s Chicks and Game Birds has been bringing our customers quality poultry and reliable equipment with our friendly customer service staff since 1921.

Fleming Outdoors

Fleming Outdoors is an online farm supply & outdoor store that has over 30 years experience in the farming and outdoors industry.

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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!

Chickens Jan 2010 roosters 001

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