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Dreaming Up Your Backyard Flock: A Few Considerations A new flock of backyard chickens can be a dream come true for many urban homeowners. But lots of people jump into keeping chickens without truly knowing what to expect. Starting a backyard flock is easy, but poor planning can lead to headaches later. One reason is that folks assume they have...
There are very specific guidelines in place as to what a Heritage Chicken is.   The American Poultry Association has been identifying breeds of chicken since the late 1800’s.  Chicken breeds were recorded in the Standard of Perfection published by the American Poultry Association.  The Standard Breeds were hearty, could easily adapt to different climates, were high in protein and...
Raising chicks is not as difficult as it seems, once you get the routine down pat--and you do need a routine. Chicks need three things to survive into adulthood: Warmth Safe environment Nourishment Your Babies' First Home Baby chickens depend greatly on heat to grow and develop; having a reliable heat source is crucial. You can buy a heat lamp or a simple focused Aluminum lamp...
Hybrid chickens take a lot of heat from purists. Hybrids first came on the scene about 60 years ago when the need for a “chicken in every pot” far exceeded the production capabilities of the heritage breeds. The growing popularity of clean eating has placed these breeds under more scrutiny than ever before. Hybrid chickens are “built” to enhance a specific...