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8 Tips To Help Your Chickens Lay More Eggs

Creating a healthier environment for better egg laying
Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:44 PM

If you start to raise chickens to be more self-sufficient, you want them to be as productive as possible. But what if they aren’t laying as many eggs as you’d hoped?

The most common reasons that chickens aren’t laying eggs is because they are too young, too old, the hours of daylight are too short, it is molting or the feeding is not of sufficient nutritional value. You might not be able to affect those first points, but you can help contribute to a stress-free environment for your chickens while keeping them healthy and well. » Read more

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Phil Williams

Chicken Paddock Shift in Action

Natural chicken powered mowing
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 4:12 PM

I have a flock of chickens that graze the upper slopes of my property between swales. Their manure migrates into the swales, feeding the trees on the downslope berm. They are moved weekly along this two acre stretch of property. The chickens benefit from fresh ground, insects, and vegetation. They are healthier and consume less feed in the process. The only negative is the work involved in setting up and taking down the electronet fencing each week. » Read more

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Chicken Coop Enhancements

Ideas for making a better, cleaner coop
Monday, July 13, 2015, 8:40 PM

Some good videos and ideas for improving the function and maintenance of your backyard chicken coop.

http://www.mattcole.us/chicken-coop-ideas-ehancements/

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6 Foraging Chicken Breeds for the Thrifty Farmer

Great birds for free ranging.
Monday, March 30, 2015, 3:29 PM

These chicken breeds are excellent foragers, and when allowed to free-range, they'll do their part to supplement their diet—saving you money on feed.

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/6-foraging-chicken-breeds-for-thrifty-farmer.aspx

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Phil Williams

How to Care for Chickens in the Winter

Protecting your flock from harsh winter conditions
Friday, October 31, 2014, 6:01 PM

When I talk to people about my chickens during the winter, many people ask me if I have to bring them inside over the winter. Of course the thought of my red birds running around making a mess, roosting on my couch, scratching the floor, and the manure would be horrible! Believe it or not there are people that keep chickens inside like a dog. They use chicken diapers. I know it’s crazy. Anyway, chickens are much more cold-hardy than most people think. I think it is actually cruel to provide heat for your chickens. It doesn’t let the chickens become acclimated to the cold properly. They are definitely not meant to be inside. » Read more

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The 10 Mistakes of Raising Chickens

Things to avoid when starting out
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:07 PM

Raising chickens can be a very rewarding process. Besides providing you with fresh eggs, it can also be a teaching resource for your children and a way for you to become self-sufficient.

However, there are a few mistakes that people make when they first start raising chickens. Check out this list below and add your mistakes at the bottom to help others learn.

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Portable Electric Chicken Fencing

Chicken Paddock Shift

Rotational free ranging chickens
Monday, June 9, 2014, 2:22 PM

I am a big fan of the paddock shift method of raising chickens. It is the healthiest way to raise chickens, and it allows you to control where they go, and where they are excluded. You end up with a healthier pasture which gives you healthier chickens, therefore healthier meat and eggs. » Read more

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Chick Feeding.

Chick Care

How to Brood Baby Chicks
Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:11 PM

Acquiring Baby Chicks

As we described in the previous article, How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds, you can order chicks online through a hatchery, and they will send them through the US Postal Service. Most hatcheries will send you chicks for $2-$3 each, but they require that you order at least 15. This allows the chicks to huddle up with each other to keep warm enough to survive the trip. If you want less than 15 chicks, as many people do, one company, MyPetChicken.com, will send small amounts of baby chicks. They provide a temporary heater with the chicks to keep the heat up during the trip to make up for the low numbers. They do charge a bit more though, but it is still inexpensive. » Read more

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How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds

How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds

Getting your start with backyard chickens

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Chick in Brooder: Phil Williams

How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds

First steps in raising chickens
Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:38 PM

If you are planning to start a flock of chickens or add to an existing flock, it is a good idea to do this earlier rather than later, as many hatcheries will sell out of certain breeds by spring time. If you are planning to order day old chicks, there are a few things that you should know about before placing that first order. » Read more