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Tips for Hatching Chicken Eggs in an Incubator

Starting a backyard flock with a small incubator and some hatching eggs can be fun and educational. How successful you are at hatching chicken eggs in an incubator will depend on a number of factors, some of which are out of your control — such as the inherent degree of difficulty in hatching eggs from […]

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How the Eggs of Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, and Geese Compare

When we refer to eggs, we’re usually thinking of chicken eggs. But other types of poultry lay eggs that are just as tasty.   Every egg contains a yolk surrounded by albumen, encased in membranes, and protected by a thick shell. Differences occur in how these parts are put together. Let’s see how the eggs […]

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How to Treat Crossed Beak in Chickens

A chicken’s beak is handy for gathering food, drinking water, and exploring and manipulating objects in the environment. It’s also used for preening, nest building, and engaging in social interactions. Occasionally a chick hatches with a deformed beak or develops a deformity as it grows.   Crossed Beak One common deformity occurs when the upper […]

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How to Trim a Chicken’s Parrot Beak

In a natural environment, a chicken’s beak wears down as fast as it grows. Periodically a chicken wipes its beak on the ground to clean it. The maneuver at the same time sharpens the beak for pecking and keeps it from growing too long.   The upper half of a chicken’s beak is naturally a […]

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