How Much to Feed Chickens per Day?

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Reduced egg production, deformed eggs, feather picking, and other unwanted behaviors can happen if you don’t feed your chickens enough.

So in this post, I talk all about how much to feed your backyard chickens.

We’ll also look at some potential problems that can happen while feeding, and what you can do, so your chickens can be happy and healthy.

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Do Backyard Chickens Attract Rats and Mice?

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Many people think you’ll get infested with rats and mice if you raise chickens. It’s even one of the primary reasons, given by some communities, for not allowing backyard chickens.

But backyard chickens don’t attract mice and rats! It’s the feed and treats you give your chickens that attract rodents.

So in this post, we’re going look at things most backyard keepers can do to keep these pesky rodents away from their chickens and yard.

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How to Protect Chickens From Raccoons

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How to Protect Chickens From Raccoons

Awwwww… Raccoons are soooo cute.

UNTIL THEY EAT YOUR CHICKENS!!!

*sigh* Freakin’ wild animals.

Obviously, predator proofing your coop and run is very important. But protecting your chickens from raccoons is a little more difficult than protecting them from other predators.

They’re so damn SMART.

They’re also extra challenging because they can climb and dig very well, and their front paws are a lot like human hands, which is both creepy and cute.

So in this post, I talk about the ins and outs of how to protect chickens from raccoons.

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Is Blood in an Egg Bad?

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Did you just crack an egg and find blood? Then this post is for you.

As a big consumer of farm fresh eggs, I’ve found blood spots many times. Sometimes, there might be multiple blood spots, or the egg white can be tinged with blood as well.

So why does this happen and can you still eat the egg? And if you actually own the hen that laid the egg, is her health still o.k.?

In this post, I briefly answer these questions and more.

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What to Feed Chickens After Chick Starter

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Grower Feed

Chickens need specific diets at different stages of life. High-quality commercial feeds make sure that chickens get all the nutrients they need every day.

At six weeks of age, when your chicks (now becoming “pullets”) are done with their chick starter feed, a grower feed should be introduced. The grower feed I like to use, and my chickens seem to love more, is the Prairie’s Choice Non-GMO Backyard Chicken Feed from Amazon. This type of feed is meant to support growth until they reach adulthood.

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Do Chickens Sleep in Their Nesting Boxes?

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The answer to this question is, “it depends”.

Chickens usually sleep on roosts, not their nesting boxes. Yet, chickens will sleep in the highest place they can get to. So if the nesting boxes are higher than the roosts, then the chickens might choose the nests to sleep in.

This is a problem!

When they roost at night, chickens poop a lot!

Chickens will usually only poop in their nesting boxes when they’re sleeping in them at night. And it gets really dirty in there, very quickly!

This is really not great for the chickens’ health. And who wants dirt and pooped covered eggs? Yuck!

In this post, I’m going to tell you a little more about why chickens sometimes sleep in their nest boxes, and what to do about it.

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Do Ducks and Chickens Get Along?

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In general, ducks and chickens get along with each other very well without too many problems. This is especially true if they grow up together.

Even the meanest of roosters can get along with a male duck (a drake). Yet, sometimes, ducks and chickens will just tolerate each other and prefer the company of their own species.

But there are some things you want to think about before you mix ducks and chickens together. So make sure to keep reading!

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How to Protect Your Chickens From Foxes

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The fox is an easy predator to protect against, even though they’re really smart and fast.

But it only takes one careless mistake on your part, like forgetting to lock up the coop, for the fox to have a tasty chicken dinner.

A fox will sneakily watch the coop, run, and yard until they have the opportunity for a quick attack. You might not even see the attack. But all of a sudden, you’ll notice that one or two of your chickens have disappeared mysteriously.

So here’s how to prevent this from happening to your chickens.

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How Much Space Do You Need to Keep Chickens?

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Getting more and more chickens can be addicting, but we really need to pay close attention to the space needed for a chicken coop, a run, and yard (for free-ranging birds).

The space you have in your yard for a chicken coop, a run, and free-ranging (optional) is going to influence the maximum chickens you can have before they become unhappy and unhealthy.

But most people unknowingly don’t give enough space to their chickens. So, in this post, let’s take a look at the minimum space requirements chickens need.

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How to Protect Your Chickens From Snakes

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I HATE snakes! Let’s get that out of the way.

EW! GROSS! YUCK!

But most snakes are too small to be predators of adult chickens. But deaths and injuries still do happen, like when a snake tries to swallow the chicken by the head and gives up because the chicken is too big for it. Again… GROSS!!!

Instead, snakes tend to be predators of young chicks and they’ll eat the eggs.

If I’m going to spend time and money to raise chickens, I’m definitely not going to be willing to feed my chicks and eggs to snakes!

So here are some QUICK TIPS on what to do if you spot snakes around your backyard chickens.

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How Often Do Chickens Lay Eggs in the Wild?

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Wild chickens, which are actually called junglefowl, are amazing egg-laying birds. Of the four types of junglefowl, the red junglefowl (native to Southern Asia) is the main ancestor of the domestic chicken.

The breeding season of the red junglefowl is spring and summer. During those two months, the junglefowl will lay an egg almost every day (Resource: University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology).

Red junglefowl will only lay eggs during these two seasons because chicks have more of a chance to survive when they start their lives in warm weather.

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How Often Do Rhode Island Reds Lay Eggs?

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The short answer to this question is that the Rhode Island Red can lay three to five large brown eggs per week.

But that’s only when it’s laying season and they’re in their prime!

Even though Rhode Island Reds are known to lay about 250 large, brown eggs per year, their age, season (how much light they’re exposed to), health, and living conditions will all have an effect on how often Rhode Island Reds will lay eggs.

But, overall, the Rhode Island Reds lay eggs very well. In production and continuity, it’s almost impossible to find a better breed.

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Protecting Free Range Chickens From Hawks

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Looking to protect your chickens from hawks? Then you definitely want to read this post!

Of all the predators that will go after your free-ranging chickens, hawks are one of the most challenging to deal with. So, I put together my favorite 9 TIPS for keeping your chickens safe from hawks.

Just keep in mind that some of these tips might or might not work to scare off the hawks, so it’s best to use multiple defense methods.

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How to Restrain a Chicken

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Activities which involve handling and restraint of chickens are likely to happen during animal health emergencies. Having a basic understanding of chicken behavior and humane restraint methods will help keep the chicken safe and secure.

By holding chickens poorly, you can stress or injure them. Beaks and claws can also cause you some injuries. So follow these tips to keep your chickens from panicking and getting hurt.

The method of retraining a chicken below leave one hand free for examination.

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How to Get Chickens to Lay Eggs in Winter

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What you’ll need:

During the winter months, one of the biggest problems faced by backyard chicken owners is a drop in egg production. Maybe not all of your hens will stop laying, but the daily yield will be significantly less.

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How Old Are Chickens When They Start to Lay Eggs?

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Are you waiting… and waiting… for your hens to start laying eggs? Do you want to know when it’s normal for them to start producing eggs? Then this post is for you!

Depending on which breeds you have, it will determine how quickly your hens lay. And many small steps need to be taken before your hens start laying too.

So, in this post, let’s look at each step.

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14 Best Egg Laying Chickens (Chart)

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Wondering what are the best egg laying chickens? Then this post is for you!

Many people raise backyard chickens to get fresh eggs. But one thing most beginners don’t realize is that each breed lays a different amount of eggs per year.

So in this post, I’m going to discuss:

  1. How many eggs each breed lays per year,
  2. When they start laying eggs,
  3. Egg size and color,
  4. Whether they tend to be broody,
  5. Whether they are cold hardy,
  6. Their average lifespan.
  7. And each breed’s unique personalities.

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