Category Archives: Raising Chickens

Why Does a Chicken Lose Feathers?

Why Does a Chicken Lose Feathers?

Chickens lose feathers for any number of reasons, some of which are seasonal, while others can occur at any time of year. Here are the most common reasons chickens and other poultry lose feathers and what you can do to help your feathered friends remain feathered.   Feather Picking Feather picking is most likely to… Read More »

Watch a Mother Hen Enjoy a Meal With Her New Chicks [Video]

Watch a Mother Hen Enjoy a Meal With Her New Chicks [Video]

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to appreciate the remarkable maternal instincts of mother hens. Although some hens tend to make better mothers than others—Silkies and Orpingtons are widely-regarded as some of the best breeds for hatching—all hens have natural maternal instincts that kick in as soon as their chicks… Read More »

Homemade Hand Sanitizer for Poultry Keepers

Homemade Hand Sanitizer for Poultry Keepers

After handling poultry or visiting the coop, you should thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, as recommended in “Protect Yourself and Your Family From Germs,” a poster distributed by the Centers for Disease Control. If soap and water are not readily available, the CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer until you are able… Read More »

Homegrown Chicken Tastes Great Without 11 Herbs and Spices

Homegrown Chicken Tastes Great Without 11 Herbs and Spices

Colonel Sander’s recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken, made with 11 herbs and spices, is no longer a well-kept secret. The original KFC recipe appeared in the Chicago Tribune after being submitted by Colonel Sander’s nephew Joe Ledington. Mr. Ledington found the recipe in a scrapbook belonging to his late Aunt Claudia, the Colonel’s second wife.… Read More »

What Do You Call the Place Where You Keep Your Chickens?

What Do You Call the Place Where You Keep Your Chickens?

Chickens need to be confined to protect them from the elements and from predators, but what do you call the structure in which they live? Chicken coop is a common term for a stationary structure. The word coop derives from the Old English word cype, meaning a small structure for confining birds. Hen house is… Read More »

In Ugandan School, Students Pay Tuition by Raising Chickens

In Ugandan School, Students Pay Tuition by Raising Chickens

When the Suubi Secondary and Vocational College opened earlier this year in the Ugandan village of Lubanda, the school’s director introduced a unique idea to help the students pay for their education. The school would loan each of its students five Kuroiler hens, and the students would repay the debt over time with eggs from… Read More »