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Keeping Water Liquid

Like humans, chickens enjoy sipping cool refreshing water.  They drink a surprising amount, even in winter, and it’s essential that they always have it available. There’s a problem. Winter! When the temperature plunges below freezing water soon becomes ice. A…

Giving Your Chickens A Good Night’s Sleep

Both people and chickens appreciate a good night’s sleep.  As warm months approach odds are better that humans will be more comfortable after dark than their chickens.   After all, people live in well-ventilated houses with screened windows to exclude pesky…

Demystifying Chicken Feed

When it comes to food, chickens are just like people. Both need a nutritious well-balanced diet to be both healthy and productive.  That’s a simple concept but visit a feed store and a customer confronts a dizzying array of feed…

Enjoying Chicken Behavior

One of the joys of keeping a backyard flock of hens is learning that most people are wrong about chickens. Ask most folks what they think of chickens and they’re likely respond that they are simple minded, smelly creatures useful…

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