Backyard Chickens

Heritage Breed Preservation

I believe that an important part of living sustainably is making a commitment the preservation of animal breeds and biodiversity, particularly those near extinction. Here in Canada (in Alberta, to be specific), we have the opportunity to support the work of the Poultry Research Centre at the University of Alberta and their exciting program devoted …

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Chicks are like snakes…no, really!

It may come as a surprise, but chicks have some key biological similarities with reptiles. For one, chicks cannot regulate their body temperature after hatching, which means their internal temperature varies with their environment. For this reason, chicks are classified as poikilothermic – that is, they don’t have a thermoregulatory mechanism. So, like a reptile …

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Chickens at home: it’s for the environment!

Living sustainably or living “green” means to live in such a way that you reduce your personal impact on the environment. One easy way to decrease your carbon footprint is to eliminate your need to go anywhere but your backyard for the eggs, vegetables and herbs that you eat! Here at iChicken, we support the …

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