About Free Range Chickens, Pros and Cons

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Many people ask if it’s safe to free range their flock. As with most questions, there is no simple yes or no. To really answer this question you need to understand the pros and cons of free ranging your hens. Continue Reading

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New Chicken Keeping Articles | Ocotober 22, 2015

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October 22, 2015 | Archives
Chicken Breed Focus – Ancona
The Chicken Chick®: Surviving Winter with Chickens
All You Need To Know About Chickens Molting
How To Raise Free Range Chickens | Backyard Poultry Magazine
Molting: It’s That Time Again
The Prescription Gardener: 9 Natural De-Worming Plants for Your Backyard Flock – Hobby Farms
Germany says ‘no more chick shredding’ | Animals Australia
To Heat or not to Heat your Coop this Winter | Fresh Eggs Daily®

Feature Article | About the Leghorn Chicken

by Pickin’ a Chicken

Another incredibly common chicken, that is found in many varieties, with the most common, and famous being the White. They are the primary white egg producer of the world, and will be the source of what you pick up in the supermarket. Especially the Pearl-White variety (pictured) are very regal looking, and would be a nice addition to your flock in more ways than one. CONTINUE READING

Predator Solution? Does the Nite Guard® Solar Work?

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Need protection for your chickens against nighttime predators? I have 7 Nite Guard Solar® boxes on my property to help keep my flock safe.  I know it seems like silly gadget, but I must say, I haven’t had any incidents with predators since using them. They’ve been in use for two years now, all still working great.  They’re just under $20 on Amazon.

Orpington

The Orpington is one of my favorite breeds. They are very sweet, friendly, and seldom bullies towards the other members of the flock. However, living in the desert where the temperatures reach well over 110 they have proven their tolerance for heat to be quite low. Especially considering they can be broody and won’t leave the coop where temperatures can be life threatening. Every situation is different and they may be fine as free range chickens with plenty of shade and water.

Details of the Buff Orpington:
Type:   Large Fowl & Bantam
Size:   7-8 pounds
Purpose:   Dual (meat or egg production)
Recognized Varieties:   Buff, Black, Blue, White, (buff is most common.)

Egg Factoids:
Color:  Brown
Size:  Large
Frequency:  3-4 per week

Breed Features:
Feathered Legs: No
Crested: No
Comb Type: Single Comb
Number of Toes: 4

Character & Traits:
Accepts confinement well
Cold Hardy
Heat tolerant to 100 degrees
Docile, friendly
Broody / Setter
Good layers through the winter