Dust Bathing Chickens Get Dirty to Get Clean

Dust Bathing Chickens Get Dirty to Get Clean

If you’ve never seen a chicken dust bathing, the sight can give you quite a shock. Lying in the dirt while vigorously twitching its feet and flopping its wings, the chicken first looks like it’s having an uncontrollable fit. Then it lies perfectly still in the hole it just dug, looking like death itself. Go… Read More »

How Many Chicken Breeds Are There?

How Many Chicken Breeds Are There?

No one knows how many different chicken breeds exist in the world, because no one keeps track. Wikipedia estimates hundreds. In her book The Behavioural Biology of Chickens, Professor C.J. Nichol of the University of London has counted more than 500 “fancy breeds” worldwide, described as ranging “from the sublime to the ridiculous.” These vague… Read More »

20 Weird and Wonderful Facts about Chickens

20 Weird and Wonderful Facts about Chickens

Chickens are endlessly fascinating. The more time you spend with them, the more you discover how intensely complex these creatures are. Here are 20 weird and wonderful facts about chickens:       If all the chickens on earth were evenly distributed among all the people on earth, each person would have at least 3… 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 »

What Is a Bantam Chicken?

What Is a Bantam Chicken?

A bantam is a small chicken, about one-fourth to one-fifth as big as a standard-size chicken, generally weighing no more than 2 pounds. The popularity of bantams, affectionately known as banties, began as families moved from farms into suburban areas, and escalated from there. People who enjoy keeping bantams find that they require little backyard… Read More »

When is Chick Season™?

When is Chick Season™?

Chick season™ for most birds is in the spring. Poultry, like other birds, gear up for laying eggs and hatching them as the days start growing longer in spring. Also like other birds, most poultry are seasonal breeders.   The length of the breeding season depends largely on the type of poultry. Chickens and other… Read More »

Selecting the Best Chicken Egg Incubator

Selecting the Best Chicken Egg Incubator

Sooner or later nearly every poultry keeper will want to try hatching eggs in a mechanical device known as an incubator. With the huge number of different egg incubators now available, selecting a model can be daunting. In choosing the best model to fit your needs, consider each of these features:     Price First… Read More »