How to Break a Broody Hen

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Broody-Hens-Collage

This Spring we’ve had more trouble than ever before with broody hens.  My girls are bound and determined to hatch some eggs.  Just one problem – there are no mature roosters at Chicken Scratch right now. Nearly every time I go out to gather eggs, there is a hen in the nest.  And sometimes I even… Read more »

Bio-Security for the Backyard Chicken

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BioSecurity Coop Shoes

Bio-Security The first time I heard that word I thought of people in hazmat suits.  And on large chicken farms where eggs, meat or chicks provide a significant source of income, bio-security measures are certainly more extreme.  Some farms don’t allow visitors at all, for fear of bringing disease into their flocks.  Most of us… Read more »

To Wash or Not To Wash: Egg Washing Options

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Egg Wash Solutions

It’s a dilemma for chicken keepers everywhere, especially when we enjoy sharing or selling our overabundance of eggs with others.  For some it seems like a no-brainer – Do you know where chicken eggs come from?!?  For others who come from families who have kept chickens for generations, washing eggs seems unnecessary and even detrimental. It’s true,… Read more »

Getting My Brooder Ready

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Brooder shed 1

I’ve raised several batches of chicks in cardboard box brooders in my garage.  But for the first time, this batch of chicks will be raised in the special brooder area that Mr. Fix-It built onto our big coop.  There are several reasons for the move, but primarily because I worry when he is working on something… Read more »

Dealing With an Aggressive Rooster

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Roo Roo - holding

If you have chosen to have roosters in your flock, you will probably have to deal with an aggressive rooster at some point.  This is my aggressive rooster.  I call him RooRoo (the most sissy name possible for the macho man who wants to take me down!) You have to remember that being aggressive is in… Read more »