Deep litter method for chicken coops

chickens have many uses: therapy, eggs, tillers, comedians. The list goes on. But I recently discovered a new purpose for them. It starts in the year 2016; a new run had been built at theurbanhens and everything was shiny and new then winter came. Mud, misery and muck the only solution was to lay down …

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Surviving summer with chickens

As the temperatures rise it's important to make sure your chickens remain cool and healthy. Once the temperatures rise so can the amount of illnesses, problems and deaths in your flock so it's important they are able to beat the heat. How do chickens keep cool?To learn how we can keep our flock safe in …

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3 summer treats to feed your flock when it’s hotter

It gets hot and your chickens natural coping system tells them to eat less. If they take on calories they have to burn them and so forth create heat, and a hot chicken in the summer heat isn't going to end well. However there's some treats that will in fact help them on the hot …

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A guide to hatching chicken chicks in school

Although some may not agree to hatching chicks in schools I think that if they are cared for and with a home planned for them, even the males, then I don't see why not as long as certain steps are followed to ensure they hatch out healthy. Don't lift the incubator lid This is very …

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Can Bantams and largefowl be kept together?

Although it varies from flock to flock the short answer is yes; bantams, even true bantams and largefowl can be kept together. First of all for those that don't know bantams are a size variation of chickens that are smaller than a largefowl counterpart. For instance light sussex come in both small/bantam and large/largefowl sizes …

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Refrigerating eggs ; good or bad and why?

It's a common sight in uk supermarkets to see egg boxes stacked on shelves but in American it's likely they are refrigerated. This is because eggs in the uk haven't been washed. Its good practice to not wash eggs but in certain circumstances you may need to such as if they've got some mud or …

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Surviving snow with chickens

Over the past few days England has been battling the "Beast from the east" but more so the hens are battling the snow. Its typical as in my February blog I said how the days were getting a tad warmer yet now we're facing snow. So here's a few tips on surviving snow with chickens. …

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All about egg binding

Hens can get eggs stuck inside their vent this is referred to as egg binding or egg bound. If not treated within a couple of days the hen may die therefore poultry keeper have to perform a procedure to successfully pass the egg if they don't have access to a vet. Sometimes young egg layers …

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