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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,… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Facts [Infographic]

Thanksgiving Turkey Facts [Infographic]

Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means we’re talking turkey! If you’re one of the many Americans who will be gathering around the table with distant relatives who come around just a few times each year, you know that conversation doesn’t always flow easily.   Looking to avoid topics such as politics, your love life,… Continue Reading

Broiler Chickens Infographic

Click on the image to enlarge In the United States, approximately 9 billion chickens are raised for their meat each year! About 25,000 family farmers have production contracts with the broiler chicken companies. Approximately 95% of broiler chickens are produced on these farms while only 5% are raised on company-owned farms. The U.S.A. has the… Continue Reading

Poach an Egg Like the Pros

Poach an Egg Like the Pros

The poached egg is an absolute staple of brunch menus that tends to baffle and amaze novice cooks. To the uninitiated, the poached egg seems to occupy a state of matter that is neither liquid nor solid. It’s a delicate balance that takes a steady hand and a cool head to achieve. With a little… Continue Reading

Scientists Seek to Turn Chickens into Dinosaurs

Scientists Seek to Turn Chickens into Dinosaurs

Well, just when we thought we’ve heard it all: researchers have claimed that science is getting close to being able to adjust the DNA in a chicken to create a “chickenosaurus” or a chicken-dinosaur. Researchers have announced that they’ve successfully modified the beak area of a chicken embryo so that it looks like a dinosaur’s… Continue Reading

What is Broodiness and Why Does it Matter to Farmers

What is Broodiness and Why Does it Matter to Farmers

Birds (chickens, in particular) are very social creatures. They exhibit behaviors deeply engrained in their genetic code that maintain social order and promote the propagation of their species. One such behavior is broodiness, or the tendency for birds to sit on clutches of eggs to incubate them after they’ve been laid. This might be beneficial… Continue Reading

Understanding Your Chickens’ Pecking Order

Understanding Your Chickens’ Pecking Order

If you have chickens in your back yard, you may have begun to notice that they’ve formed their very own clique with certain chickens exhibiting specific behavior and other chickens reacting or reciprocating. Ever wonder why? It’s all about the pecking order! First of all, you should know that your chickens are social creatures, so… Continue Reading