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Raising chicks
How to incubate chicken eggs

How to incubate chicken eggs

Incubating eggs at home can be a fun project for those looking to grow their backyard flocks. Here's how to incubate your own chicken eggs this season. 1. START WITH FERTILE EGGS If you have a rooster in your coop you will more than likely already have fertilised...

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How to sex chickens

How to sex chickens

Whether you’ve hatched them yourself or acquired them from a breeder, your new chicks are sure to enrich your life. But how can you tell the gender of your new birds? Under normal conditions, a group of chicks generally hatch with 50-55 percent males and 50-45 percent...

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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...

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Setting up a brooder box

Setting up a brooder box

Setting up a brooder box is actually really easy! I'll show you how. My son breeds two breeds of chickens - Pekins and Polish. At this time of year we have a lot of babies around the house! I have a lot of people inquiring after brooder set-ups so I thought I would...

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