Recent Blog Posts

  • Symptoms and Prevention of Heat Stress in Poultry

    August 1, 2018
    Heat stress can greatly change your poultry’s health. Here are some tips on how to prevent heat stress during the summer. Digestion generates body heat, so feed poultry during the coolest times of the day. Severe heat stress can affect egg quality, egg size and hatchability.
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  • Tips On Raising Poultry

    March 1, 2018
    Raising chickens on your estate or even in your backyard is a very fulfilling activity that requires dedicated time and practice. No matter how large of an operation you’re running, there are many important tips on raising poultry that every beginner must be aware of.
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  • Giving Your Chickens a Dust Bath

    September 1, 2017
    A dust bath is more than a fun game or occasional entertainment for your chickens – it is an essential part of grooming to keep the birds' skin and feathers in peak condition and free of mites, fleas, lice and other parasites.
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  • Pecking Order in Chicks

    July 15, 2017
    Every commercial poultry farmer, hobby farmer or urban backyard farmer who keep a few chickens is aware that a pecking order exists in every flock, but how can young chicks fit into that hierarchy?
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  • Adding New Chicks to Your Flock

    April 1, 2017
    Whether you need to replace aging hens, want to increase the diversity of your poultry or just need a few more chickens to meet your needs or increase your profits, you must take great care when adding new chicks to your flock.
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  • Preparing for Chicks: Setting Up Your Brooder

    March 1, 2017
    Spring is chick season. Whether you are just starting a flock, increasing the numbers of chickens you keep or bringing new breeds home to try. Your brooder is critical to give for your chicks security, warmth and shelter they need for their earliest days.
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  • Benefits of Having a Rooster In Your Flock

    February 15, 2017
    Roosters can add many advantages to your home and to your flock. Some may see it as a bad idea, but there are many key benefits to having a rooster in your flock. Among these benefits include fertilization, behavior, defense and beauty.
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  • Tips for Creating a Living Space for your Baby Chicks

    February 1, 2017
    Newly hatched chicks, ducklings, goslings and turkey poults require that their very basic needs for shelter, warmth, food and water be met in order to survive. Good care and management with a bit of TLC will go a long way in providing a healthy start for your young flock.
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  • How to Prepare Your Chickens For Winter

    November 15, 2016
    Chickens are a surprisingly resilient bird where winter is concerned. This is especially true if your poultry belongs to one of the winter-hardy breeds such as Blue Andalusian, Dominique, Brahma, or Plymouth Rocks.
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  • Raising Baby Chicks Can Be Easy, Even For The Inexperienced

    April 15, 2016
    Many people are opting to raise their own chicks these days. It’s a rewarding experience that can leave you with the freshest eggs on the block. If you’re new to the baby chicks game, then this article is for you. Raising chicks doesn’t have to be hard.
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  • Keep Your Flock Happy and Healthy

    April 1, 2016
    Whether you have just a few chickens or a large, widely varied flock, a happy, healthy flock will be better socialized and will be more productive layers. Fortunately, happy and healthy go together and it is easy to keep chickens in superb condition with just a few easy steps.
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  • Starting Your Flock

    March 15, 2016
    It can be exciting to start a new flock of chickens, and the benefits – entertaining pets, unique company, fresh eggs and healthy meat – are equally exciting, but it is important to start the flock carefully so your poultry will be happy in their new home.
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  • Keep Poultry Diseases “Cooped Up”

    March 1, 2016
    You're the best protection your birds have. By taking the necessary steps, you can reduce the risk of disease-causing germs going to or coming from your home or farm.
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  • Purina Mills Layena SunFresh Recipe Testimonial

    September 1, 2015
    If her cousin hadn’t owned a feed store, Patrice Chandler might never have discovered her passion for raising chickens. After moving to Mississippi 18 years ago, Chandler paid a visit to her cousin’s store where some baby chicks had just arrived.
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  • Keeping your Hens Healthy and Laying This Fall

    August 17, 2015
    Autumn is upon us and it's time to say hello to fresh air and goodbye to stifling hot temperatures. Of course, if you’re raising chickens for eggs, you will need to take a few steps to ensure your hens stay in production during the fall and winter months.
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  • Chicken Coop Makeover

    July 15, 2015
    Chicken coops used to be a simple homemade structures built out of chicken wire and some wood with a sturdy roof. Today, chicken coops have become so elaborate that the size and complexity of them can rival that of a modern human home.
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  • All About Hummingbirds

    July 6, 2015
    Hummingbirds are fascinating, but how much do you really know about these flying jewels? Top 10 Questions About Hummingbirds How many types of hummingbirds are there? There are more than 300 species of hummingbirds, but there are only about a dozen species that regularly visit the United States.
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  • Dropping Boards – De-Poop Your Coop!

    June 15, 2015
    Even the healthiest chickens can make a massive mess inside their coop as feces, dirt and feathers accumulate in such a small space.
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  • Tips to Keep Chicks Entertained

    March 1, 2015
    Chicks and chickens need stimulation and entertainment to stay healthy, and a healthy, happy chicken is one that will behave better, lay more eggs, and be a more pleasant barnyard or backyard companion.
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  • Difference Between Store Bought Eggs and Fresh Farm Eggs

    February 1, 2015
    If you had pulled me aside when I was younger and asked if I knew the difference between store bought and fresh farm eggs, my response would most likely be, ‘eggs are eggs. ’ Basically, I didn’t think there was a difference and all eggs were just delicious.
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  • Winterizing Your Flock

    November 1, 2014
    Chickens need 14 to 16 hours of “daylight. ” One of the best ways to keep up egg production is to continue providing supplemental lighting to extend the “daylight” hours until the sun can take over full time. A single 60 to 100 watt bulb set on a timer will suffice.
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  • Purina Start & Grow and Layena Poultry Feed Testimonial

    March 1, 2013
    The Filipoff family keeps a flock of about 50 chickens and are, in a way, living a dream come true. Steve Filipoff grew up in Los Angeles, CA and as a boy raised chickens in this unlikely place, in a very tiny yard. He knew then that he wanted to raise and enjoy chickens later in life.
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  • Causes and Prevention of Coccidiosis in your Flock

    October 1, 2012
    One of the challenges you face as a bird owner is the threat of a common, and potentially devastating, disease called coccidiosis. But once you understand what causes it and how it spreads, you can feel more confident about your ability to limit its impact on your flock.
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  • Hot Weather Tips for Raising Poultry

    August 1, 2012
    They say raising poultry is all about feed, water, heat and light. But in the summer, beating the heat is a top priority. Severe heat stress can affect egg quality, size and hatchability. It can also increase the rate of mortality.
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