Successfully Transition Poultry From the Brooder to Outdoors

Successfully Transition Poultry From the Brooder to Outdoors

Successfully transitioning young poultry from their brooder to permanent outdoor facilities requires following a few common-sense guidelines. First determine that the birds are ready to move from their brooder, taking into consideration such factors as how well feathered the birds are, and outdoor temperatures during both daytime and nighttime. Degree of Feathering Fully-feathered poultry are… Continue Reading

Difference Between Production Chickens and Show Chickens

Difference Between Production Chickens and Show Chickens

Production chickens are efficient producers of eggs or meat. “Efficient” means outputs are maximized, while inputs are minimized. In other words, production chickens are bred to produce more eggs or meat while eating less feed. The main difference between production chickens and show chickens is that efficient production is not a consideration in breeds developed… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Cackle Hatchery Chick Ship Dates and Store Pickup Dates

Cackle Hatchery Chick Ship Dates and Store Pickup Dates

Baby chick ship dates and store pickup dates change with each calendar year. For this year’s ship dates, consult our Chick Season® calendar.   Cackle Hatchery’s Ship Dates   We hatch and ship baby chicks from February through September. To avoid weekend layovers at the post office, we hatch and ship on Mondays and Wednesdays,… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading