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About Culling Chickens

If you have ever heard anyone use the term cull, as in culling a flock of chickens, or cull a chick, it means basically to separate the desirable from the undesirable. In the chicken industry this can mean removing the male chicks. Often they are killed, but some small chick producing companies like MyPetChicken try […]


October 30, 2015 · gj · 6 Comments
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Caring for Baby Chicks

These female chicks arrived yesterday at just three days old. We purchased them from a site recommended by a friend called The company has a lot of great info, and if you are thinking of starting a backyard flock I suggest you go there to read up on it first. Their minimum shipment is […]

October 16, 2015 · gj · No Comments
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6 Ways to Deal with High Egg Prices

If you listen or read the news at all, you have most likely come across at least one story about rising egg prices. It is, of course, the end result of the avian flu. The spread of this disease means many chickens kept for farmed egg laying are being slaughtered. Some grocery stores are even […]

June 13, 2015 · gj · 3 Comments
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9 Things to Understand About Backyard Chickens

Having your own small backyard chicken flock is both entertaining and worth the effort for the eggs, but like any project you need to know what you are getting yourself into first. 1. Know how many chickens you will want. You should get at least two so they have companionship. Understand that each chicken will […]

December 6, 2013 · gj · No Comments
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4 Things to Know About Eggs

There are a few things about eggs that might surprise you. 1. The term ‘free range’ only means the chickens have access to the outdoors. It does not mean they actually go out. “What?” Yep, that’s right. A coop with a window technically has access, yet the chickens may remain indoors and even in cages […]

January 19, 2013 · gj · 9 Comments
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“So this Guy Across the Road Gets a Rooster, Right…”

Sounds like the opening line to a good joke, doesn’t it? Well, at first anyway, we weren’t laughing. Before I go on, a few things about hens: 1. You don’t need a rooster to get eggs, only to get chicks. 2. Chickens lay less as the days get shorter. 3. They lay less when molting […]

October 26, 2012 · gj · 4 Comments
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Hens and Chicks

With 5 hens in the backyard coop we have too many eggs to eat ourselves, but too few to sell. The solution? Eat more eggs. We got more chicks. The thing is, hens form a pecking order, and don’t want to let anyone else into that group. Last fall we moved our hens to […]

October 2, 2012 · gj · No Comments
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How to Test the Freshness of Eggs

So you got yourself some chickens, and just maybe- like me- you didn’t keep perfect track of when the eggs went into the refrigerator. If it was less than three weeks ago, you’re still ahead of the factory farmed eggs. Perhaps you know all your eggs are fresh, but you want the freshest to make […]

September 11, 2012 · gj · No Comments
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Chillin’ the Crib

Chickens can handle the cold, so winterizing a coop is more about you than them. Since my Ladies don’t like to walk on the snow, I cover the first section of their run with some 4 mil plastic (I just use a drop-cloth from the hardware store.) This keeps the snow from falling, or even […]

January 3, 2012 · gj · 8 Comments
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Hen Pecked

We’ve had some of our chickens for a year and a half, and although it seemed that our White Leghorn Pertelote was at the top of the pecking order, and actual order wasn’t too clearly defined. That was until they got their new coop. I guess the change in environment prompted them to work on […]

November 29, 2011 · gj · 4 Comments
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