Part Two: A Hen's Reproductive System - Backyard PoultryBy Thomas L. Fuller, New York Have you ever been asked, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" When I was teaching reproduction in junior high science, I would fall back on my love and knowledge of poultry for examples. It was inevitable that this question would be directed to me.
What Causes Deformed Chicken Eggs and Other Egg Abnormalities? - Backyard PoultryEgg abnormalities and deformed chicken eggs occur with almost every breed of hen at some point in her egg laying career. Eggs laid by non-commercially bred hens vary considerably in size, shape, and color. People who have a small flock of backyard chickens with several different chicken breeds can learn to recognize eggs from each hen.
Healthy Chicken Treats for Every SeasonMy chickens get some sort of snack or treat nearly every day - even if it's just some free range time so they can find their own snacks in the form of bugs, worms and weeds.
4 Tips for Composting Chicken Manure - Backyard PoultryFor those of you with vegetable and flower beds, or for those of you who just have lawns, I feel it is unnecessary, if not wasteful, to discard poultry manure every week and then also purchase fertilizer. As any poultry owner knows, in addition to companionship and fresh eggs, our birds produce manure.
Composting Grass Clippings in the Garden and Coop - Backyard PoultryComposting grass clippings is a great way to save money and make use of all your available resources. One of my favorite gardening tips is to use grass clippings in your gardens! If you have a lawn and it gets mowed, then you have grass clippings.
Tips on Rooster Care; Keep Your Stud in Top Form - Backyard PoultryRooster care is something many of us don't think about often, but there are a few things we can do to keep our roosters in good shape. Even the best rooster breed may need a hand once in awhile, so let's talk about some of the issues roosters encounter.
If Ravenna allows chickens, what will the rules be?Whether chickens will come to roost in Ravenna backyards was the subject of a recent work session sponsored by City Council. Council debated allowing residents to keep a limited number of chickens in their backyards.
Schenectady residents push for backyard chickensUnder current rules, chickens and other barnyard animals are not allowed in residential backyards in Schenectady city limits. Putman actually fosters nine hens under a special permit issued by the city but is only allowed to keep them at his home in the winter months.
Ways to Keep Chickens Out of Your Garden | AgNet WestIf you are having a problem with your fowl fouling up your garden, Cathy Isom has some ways to keep your chickens out of your garden. That's coming up on This Land of Ours. Chickens love gardens for 3 main reasons: bugs, plants, and dirt.
Why and When Do Chickens Molt? - Backyard PoultryBy Jen Pitino - Many people wonder when do chickens molt? Molting, the chicken pundits tell us, is supposed to happen in either spring or at the end of summer as we slip in to fall weather and shorter days. According to the experts, the molting bird will lose and replace its feathers in a matter of a few weeks.
Clucking continues about backyard chickensMERRILLVILLE - A resident's request to raise chickens on his residential property has hatched discussions about whether Merrillville should permit backyard poultry townwide. Poultry is prohibited in residential areas in Merrillville, but Michael Shannon is seeking a special exception to continue raising chickens on his 65th Avenue property.
Silkie Chickens: Everything Worth Knowing - Backyard Poultry Breed of the Month: Silkie chickens Origin: Silkie chickens are an ancient bantam breed most likely originating in China, although India and Java may also be their place of origin. Europeans first heard of Silkies when Marco Polo returned from his Asian travels in the 13th century.
8 Interesting Features of the Silkie Chicken Breed - Backyard PoultrySilkies are distinctly different from any other chicken breed. They share a unique combination of genetic and behavioral features. In 2003, a group of Japanese researchers mapped the mitochondrial DNA of a Silkie to determine the breed's genetic position in relation to other birds in the genus Gallus.