Author Archives: Cackle Hatchery

Unraveling the Mystery of a Hen’s Egg Song

Unraveling the Mystery of a Hen’s Egg Song

If you’ve spent much time around chickens, you’ve probably noticed that these birds can be surprisingly vocal creatures. Roosters may have earned a reputation for crowing at sunrise, but you can often hear hens clucking and squawking to one another as well. In fact, recent research suggests that chickens are capable of making as many… Read More »

How to Protect Your Poultry During a Natural Disaster

How to Protect Your Poultry During a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are on the rise, and if you keep poultry you are responsible for the safety of your birds. No matter where you live, nearly everyone is vulnerable to disasters of one sort or another — wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, chemical spills, hurricanes or tornadoes. Here are eight commonsense steps that will… Read More »

Breed Spotlight: Brahma Chickens

Breed Spotlight: Brahma Chickens

If you spend much time on YouTube, you may remember seeing a massive Brahma rooster strutting his stuff in a video that went viral last year. We received quite a bit of interest in Brahma chickens as a result, so we figured this would be a great opportunity to provide our readers with a little… Read More »

Breed Spotlight: Silkie Bantam Chickens

Breed Spotlight: Silkie Bantam Chickens

Named for their trademark fluffy plumage that feels like silk to the touch, Silkie Bantams are among the most beloved ornamental breeds in the world. Their soft, beautiful feathers have made them a popular choice for exhibition birds, but the striking appearance of Silkie Bantams is far from their only virtue. Silkie Bantams have a… Read More »

Should You Vaccinate Your Chickens Against Marek’s Disease?

Should You Vaccinate Your Chickens Against Marek’s Disease?

If you’ve purchased chicks from Cackle Hatchery in the past, you may have noticed that we offer our customers the opportunity to vaccinate all of our chicken breeds against Marek’s disease. This highly-contagious viral disease causes chickens to develop a variety of devastating symptoms such as vision impairment, partial paralysis and cancerous tumor growth on… Read More »

Breed Spotlight: Welsh Harlequin Ducks

Breed Spotlight: Welsh Harlequin Ducks

Thinking about adding some waterfowl to your flock? Ducks are a great place to start. Many breeds are small, social and easy to handle, and their eggs typically have more protein and healthy fats than chicken eggs. Today we’d like to take a moment to appreciate one of our favorite duck breeds—the Welsh Harlequin.  … Read More »

Rare Breed Spotlight: The Ayam Cemani Chicken

Rare Breed Spotlight: The Ayam Cemani Chicken

Of all the chickens in the world, the Ayam Cemani is one of the most unusual and interesting breeds. These chickens are instantly recognizable thanks to the pitch-black color that covers them from head to toe. This rare coloration is due to a genetic condition called Fibromelanosis that causes hyperpigmentation in the chickens. In fact,… Read More »