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Benefits & Challenges of Raising Chickens in Urban Areas

Urbanites seeking a simpler way of life can bring a little bit of the country to the city by starting their own flock of chickens. While there are several benefits to having your own chickens, raising chickens inside city limits can be challenging, too.

Picking the Best Chicken Breed for You

Are you ready to take the plunge and get your own flock of chickens? Choosing the right breed is a critical part of the decision to raise chickens. The right breed will flourish in your regional climate, which means happy hens and more eggs for you and your family to enjoy. But how do you decide which breed is best for your situation? We break it down for you.

Bullies in the Chicken Coop

Today's article tackles one of the least endearing qualities of our beloved hens – bullying.

It is more than establishing the ‘pecking order’- it is systematically picking on one or two hens for no apparent reason.

Bullying can be limited to feather plucking or it can escalate into full blown warfare with the receiving hen being severely injured or possibly killed.

In this article we will cover what the usual causes of bullying are, how to stop them pecking each other and finally what to do when you need to intervene.


How to Keep Nuisance Flies Away from your Chickens

The hot summer is around the corner.  That being the case, the flies are going to start becoming a problem around the chicken coop.  We have discovered that the best way to get rid of the flies is to stop them from breeding.  

While you’re never going to get rid of ALL of them, you can do a good job decreasing the population, especially if you have just a few chickens.  Studies show that if you get rid of flies in your chicken coop, Campylobacter is less likely to spread, keeping you, your family, and your flock healthier.