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Chicken Coops

A word on standards…

As fun, rewarding, and interesting as raising your own chickens can be, it’s also work! Great and worthwhile work, but work nonetheless. Paying attention to the details while raising chickens in their environment is really important. Being a chicken manager isn’t the easiest or hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it’s worth it! It is …

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“Perch” Perfect “Roosting” Chickens!

It’s amazing to watch the way in which innate instincts in a young pullet reveal themselves as she adapts to her new surroundings.  Earlier, I mentioned some of the things I’ve been learning as a new pullet manager; namely, that the roost or perch bars I had installed were to high for my new pullets. …

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The first night with our layer chickens: April 26, 2013

April 26 was an exciting day! We we brought home twelve 19-week-old starter pullets (young hen) from a reputable pullet operation here in Ontario.  These beautiful pullets are ready to lay. By manipulating their feed (or ration) a bit and helping to increase their day length (I’ll explain in detail later), the hormones of these …

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How do you know you have a healthy chick?

Healthy chicks become healthy chickens! So how do you know you have a healthy chick? Here are a few tips to keep in mind: ▪ Your chick should be vibrant and active. ▪ Your chick should vocalize contentedly. Is your chick engaged and vocal? ▪ Your chick should be alert. ▪ Your chick should be …

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