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Tasks to complete as a backyard chicken owner

As a backyard chicken owner, you know all too well that raising and caring for backyard chickens isn’t always easy. It requires hard work and a willingness to do that work every day. You’re responsible for your chickens, and you don’t get to take a holiday from that...

Spring cleaning the chicken coop

Spring has arrived! Now is a great time to get cleaning. But don’t limit this to your house- it’s the perfect time to give your coop the good once over as well! Here is how to clean the coop this spring: We sell various coop cleaners and disinfectants listed here....

How to “break” a broody hen

So, you have a broody hen, but no rooster in your flock or you simply don't want more chickens. What next? Can you 'break a broody'? Here are some preventative measures to discourage broody behaviour before it occurs: Collect the eggs multiple times a day so there...

How to look after a broody hen

When Spring is in full swing, your hens’ egg production has picked up, their appetites are good, and the sun is shining, you may notice a few hens going broody. Broodiness is triggered by hormones, daylight, and the availability of eggs to sit on.  When a hen is...

Raising baby chicks

So, you have picked up some baby chicks. What next? Like any baby, a chick sleeps a lot. Make sure they have clean food and water and don’t expect much action. At this age, it is common for chicks to get a “pasty butt”. Basically, sticky faeces coat the backside of...

Beginners guide to keeping chickens

Getting started with a small flock of chickens is a wonderful adventure and a lot of fun. However, there are a few things to consider before you begin. Why are you raising them? – Eggs, meat or pleasure?Where are you going to put them?Who will take care of them...

Top 10 Health benefits of eating eggs

As mother nature’s original superfood – eggs have been part of our diets since the dawning of time. Yet only now are we learning the full extent of the nutritional wonders they pack, and how beneficial they are in promoting lasting health benefits. Loaded with 13...

Chicken Glossary – Common Terminology

Albumen– the egg white only, separate of the yolk Bantam– a smaller breed of chicken. For example, Sussex are available in a standard (larger) size or bantam (smaller) size Blastoderm– the “bullseye” of a fertilized egg. This will become the chick if allowed to...

How to stop your chickens from eating their own eggs

If your chickens are eating their own eggs, you need to break this habit as soon as possible. The longer they do it, the harder it becomes to fix. Especially if they teach their friends to do it too! Egg-eating is one of the most annoying and frustrating habits...

Chicken boredom busters!

In the winter months, when the days are shorter and there aren’t as many exciting bugs, weeds, and grasses to peck at, chickens can become bored. Boredom leads to mischief such as feather picking, egg-eating, squabbling, and a miserable disposition. Your birds need...
Tasks to complete as a backyard chicken owner

Tasks to complete as a backyard chicken owner

As a backyard chicken owner, you know all too well that raising and caring for backyard chickens isn’t always easy. It requires hard work and a willingness to do that work every day. You’re responsible for your chickens, and you don’t get to take a holiday from that...

Spring cleaning the chicken coop

Spring cleaning the chicken coop

Spring has arrived! Now is a great time to get cleaning. But don’t limit this to your house- it’s the perfect time to give your coop the good once over as well! Here is how to clean the coop this spring: We sell various coop cleaners and disinfectants listed here....

How to “break” a broody hen

How to “break” a broody hen

So, you have a broody hen, but no rooster in your flock or you simply don't want more chickens. What next? Can you 'break a broody'? Here are some preventative measures to discourage broody behaviour before it occurs: Collect the eggs multiple times a day so there...

How to look after a broody hen

How to look after a broody hen

When Spring is in full swing, your hens’ egg production has picked up, their appetites are good, and the sun is shining, you may notice a few hens going broody. Broodiness is triggered by hormones, daylight, and the availability of eggs to sit on.  When a hen is...

Raising baby chicks

Raising baby chicks

So, you have picked up some baby chicks. What next? Like any baby, a chick sleeps a lot. Make sure they have clean food and water and don’t expect much action. At this age, it is common for chicks to get a “pasty butt”. Basically, sticky faeces coat the backside of...

Beginners guide to keeping chickens

Beginners guide to keeping chickens

Getting started with a small flock of chickens is a wonderful adventure and a lot of fun. However, there are a few things to consider before you begin. Why are you raising them? – Eggs, meat or pleasure?Where are you going to put them?Who will take care of them...