Monthly Archives: February 2020

What Is a Strain of Chickens?

What Is a Strain of Chickens?

A strain, also called a bloodline or simply a line, is a family of related chickens. They are distinctive in having been selectively bred by a single person or organization long enough for all the chickens to be uniquely uniform in some way. Each strain of purebred chickens has all the traits that define its… Read More »

Cackle Hatchery Chick Ship Dates and Store Pickup Dates

Cackle Hatchery Chick Ship Dates and Store Pickup Dates

Baby chick ship dates and store pickup dates change with each calendar year. For this year’s ship dates, consult our Chick Season® calendar.   Cackle Hatchery’s Ship Dates   We hatch and ship baby chicks from February through September. To avoid weekend layovers at the post office, we hatch and ship on Mondays and Wednesdays,… Read More »

10 Ways to Raise a Flock of Friendly Chickens

10 Ways to Raise a Flock of Friendly Chickens

Some chickens come running when they see you. Others squawk and run away or are just plain indifferent. Why are some chickens so friendly and others not? As prey animals, chickens are constantly fearful of potential predators. To raise a flock of friendly chickens you need to overcome their fear by proving that you are… Read More »

What Causes a Double-Shell Egg?

What Causes a Double-Shell Egg?

If one of your hens lays a super big egg, it likely contains another egg inside. Such an egg is called a double egg or a double-shell egg and is the result of a reverse peristalsis contraction.   How an Egg Is Laid To understand how this happens, you need to know how an egg… Read More »