Category Archives: Chicken Care

Chicken Feed — Whole Grains, Mash, Pellets, or Crumbles?

Chicken Feed — Whole Grains, Mash, Pellets, or Crumbles?

Commercially formulated rations are developed to maximize nutritional benefit based on a flock’s age, beginning with chick starter, then moving up to grower, developer, and lay ration as chickens mature. Meat birds have their own formulas for starter/grower rations and finisher ration intended to induce rapid growth. Aside from different formulas for different age groups,… Read More »

How to Trim a Chicken’s Toenails

How to Trim a Chicken’s Toenails

A chicken’s toenails constantly grow, just like a human’s. Unlike a human, though, a chicken can often keep its own toenails trimmed back by scratching the ground while looking for things to eat.   Scattering a small amount of scratch grain or some mealworms on the ground encourages chickens to scratch and keep their nails… Read More »

Which Chicken Breeds Make the Best Broody Hens?

Which Chicken Breeds Make the Best Broody Hens?

Some chicken breeds make great broody hens. Others are iffy. Still others are completely unreliable. And some never go broody at all.   What does broody mean and why does it matter? Broodiness, in a nutshell, is maternal instinct. After a hen has accumulated a nestful of eggs, maternal instinct tells her to keep the… Read More »

Chicken Predators [Infographic]

From burrowing badgers to high-flying hawks, chickens have their fair share of dangerous predators to contend with. As chicken keepers, it’s up to us to protect our flocks from these threats whenever possible. That’s why we put together this handy infographic that identifies a number of common predators and offers suggestions on how to keep… Read More »

How to Help Your Chickens Stay Warm in Winter

How to Help Your Chickens Stay Warm in Winter

Whether or not your chickens experience cold stress in winter depends on a number of factors, including how rapidly the temperature drops, how cold it gets, how long it stays cold and the chickens’ ability to stay dry and out of the wind. A well-feathered bird can be perfectly comfortable at an air temperature of… Read More »