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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Chicken Crossing Road

The earliest record of anyone asking “Why did the chicken cross the road?” appeared in 1847, in a monthly New York magazine called The Knickerbocker.  The answer, as printed in the magazine: “Because it wanted to get to the other side.”   Since then, the question has spawned an infinite number of variations, and even […]

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Why Do Chickens Wipe Their Beaks?

Chicken Beak

The easy answer to the question “Why do chickens wipe their beaks?” is because they’re birds. Beak wiping involves rapidly scraping alternating sides of the beak on the ground or other surface. It’s an important activity for all birds, except maybe waterfowl.   But why they do it remains something of a mystery, even to […]

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When Ordering Chicks, How Many Are Enough?

Baby Chicks

Deciding how many chicks to order can be challenging. Often the determining factor comes down to how many you want, versus how many you need, versus how many your local regulations allow you to have.   When starting a laying flock, decide how many eggs you want and size your flock accordingly. As a rough […]

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