Guide to Choosing Chicken Breeds: Pick the Best Breeds for Your Flock

Want backyard chickens for eggs? Meat? Beauty? Calm companionship? For a cold climate? For a hot climate? For children? For showing? How about the best breeds are for a very small space? Here's a great guide to chicken breeds to help you choose just the right breeds for your needs.

Planning to keep chickens and wondering which breeds would be best for you? Use this guide to choosing chicken breeds to learn which are best for eggs, meat, showing, cold climates, warm climates, companionship, and a variety of other traits.

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Save Money on Chicken Feed with Natural, Healthful Alternatives

Save money on chicken feed, reduce dependence on industrial monocultures, make your chickens happier and their eggs healthier. Give them access to good habitat, let help in the compost, feed them from the vegetable garden, grow fodder, and raise grubs are just some of the possibilities discussed here. In short, think of chickens as part of a permaculture design.

Save money on chicken feed, reduce dependence on industrial monocultures, make your chickens happier and their eggs healthier with these ideas. Give them access to good habitat, let help in the compost bins, feed them from the vegetable garden, grow fodder, and/or raise worms or grubs, are some of the possibilities discussed here.

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Limited Free Range Chickens: 12 Tips to Balance Freedom & Safety

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The idea of true free range chickens is great, but in reality it’s dangerous. To balance freedom and safety, we use a modified free range system which we describe in detail, along with tips on fencing, layout and location of chicken yard, providing cover, choosing appropriate chicken breeds, etc., so that you can develop your own limited free range system.

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Raising Baby Chicks Without A Hen: The First 6 Weeks

A thorough guide to raising baby chicks without a hen. Where to buy chicks, setting up a brooder box, feeding, watering, spatial needs, stimulation, and problems to look out for. Everything you need to know for the first 6 weeks.

A concise but thorough guide to raising baby chicks without a hen. Covers where to buy chicks, setting up a brooder box, feeding, watering, spatial needs, stimulation, and problems to look out for.

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Egg Carton Labels and Animal Welfare

Egg Carton Labels And Animal Welfare

Learn which egg carton labels and certification stamps are most meaningful for the welfare of laying hens, so you can make informed purchases.

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Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop and Run

Predator proofing your chicken coop

These tips for predator proofing your chicken coop and run keep your birds safe while you sleep easily. It’s an investment initially, but in the long run saves you time, chickens, and grief, and possibly money.

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Poultry Predator Identification: A Guide to Tracks and Sign

Poultry Predator Identification

Here’s a guide to poultry predator identification that covers tracks, scat, feeding sign, and other behavior, to help you identify threats to your chickens and other livestock. This is largely based on my own experience tracking and camera trapping, and designed to educate and inspire responsible livestock protection that will allow coexistence with predators.

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Humane, Sustainable Chicken Farming: A New Tool for Newbies

Sustainable chicken farming

A new tool for helping people learn about sustainable chicken farming. Take the farm out of the factory with the help of the film Permaculture Chickens.

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Guide to Designing the Perfect Chicken Coop

Designing the perfect chicken coop

Everything you need to know about site, size, roosts, nest boxes, windows, electricity, and much more, in this guide to designing the perfect chicken coop. Learn from our mistakes and create the best coop for your needs.

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Non-invasive Bumblefoot Treatment: Success Stories

Non-invasive Bumblefoot Treatment Success Stories 7

Four cases of successful TricideNeo treatment of bumblefoot in chickens are presented here, with before and after photos. These 4 anecdotes add substance to casually reported online success stories, and suggest that it’s time for a controlled study.

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