Author Archives: Gail Damerow

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 »

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 »

How to Treat a Chicken with Bumblefoot

How to Treat a Chicken with Bumblefoot

Bumblefoot describes a chicken’s inflamed foot with a hard, swollen abscess in the foot pad. The word bumble originally referred to the affected chicken’s unsteady gait caused by the swelling. In recent times, the core of the abscess, or the abscess itself, has been referred to as a bumble.   The abscess may start out… Read More »

Planning Your Spring Chick Order

Planning Your Spring Chick Order

When planning your next order of chicks from the hatchery, give careful consideration to how many roosters you want (if any), and the real possibility that some of the chicks might not survive. Below are some important points to keep in mind when making your ordering decisions.   Sexed Chicks For many breeds you have… Read More »

How Much Water Does a Chicken Drink?

How Much Water Does a Chicken Drink?

How much water a chicken drinks each day depends on numerous factors including the bird’s size, water palatability, feed intake, feed composition, the environmental temperature, the bird’s condition of health, and whether the bird is laying.   Under normal conditions, the average chicken drinks between one and two cups of water each day. A laying… Read More »

How Much Feed Does a Chicken Eat?

How Much Feed Does a Chicken Eat?

How much feed a chicken eats each week varies with the chicken’s age, breed, and strain, degree of activity, and condition of health. Other factors include the ration’s palatability and texture, and its energy and protein content.   In cold weather, a chicken stays warm by eating more than it does during the heat of… Read More »