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    8 Tips To Help Your Chickens Lay More Eggs

    Creating a healthier environment for better egg laying
    by bgarrett

    Monday, April 4, 2016, 11:44 PM

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    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.

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    Chicken Paddock Shift in Action

    Natural chicken powered mowing
    by Phil Williams

    Thursday, March 3, 2016, 8:12 PM

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    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.

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    How to Care for Chickens in the Winter

    Protecting your flock from harsh winter conditions
    by Phil Williams

    Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:01 PM

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    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.

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    The 10 Mistakes of Raising Chickens

    Things to avoid when starting out
    by bgarrett

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:07 PM

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    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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    Chicken Paddock Shift

    Rotational free ranging chickens
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:22 PM

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    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.

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    How to Brood Baby Chicks
    by Phil Williams

    Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12:11 AM

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    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.

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    How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds

    First steps in raising chickens
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, March 24, 2014, 9:38 PM

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    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.

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    How to Control Mites and Lice on Chickens

    Managing your flock for optimum health
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, January 27, 2014, 8:31 PM

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    Chickens love to take dust baths. This helps to keep their feathers clean and in good shape, but more importantly it helps to keep them free of mites and lice. Mites and lice can be serious pests of your flock. If chickens are left untreated in an outbreak, the results can be a general weakening, lower egg production, loss of appetite, lethargy, and possibly death. Your chickens should be active all day. If they are not moving much, there may be something wrong.

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