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Sep 15, 2017

Chickens Don't Have Teeth and More Fun Digestion Facts!

How do chickens eat without teeth and why don't they have teeth? The answers relates to their unfortunate status as prey animals.
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How do chickens eat without teeth and why don't they have teeth? The answers relates to their unfortunate status as prey animals. Being near the bottom of the food chain, chickens developed a dine-and-dash system of eating to avoid being eaten themselves by predators. The result is a unique digestive process that allows them to eat quickly, fly away to safety, and digest later.
Dr. Patrick Biggs, poultry nutritionist, Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick and Julie the Garden Fairy
When I visited The Purina Animal Nutrition Center with Julie the Garden Fairy earlier this year, we had an impromptu conversation with poultry nutritionist Dr. Patrick Biggs live on my Facebook page about chicken digestion, which you can view in the video further down in this article!
Chicken Digestive System Illustration by Bethany A. Caskey www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
Illustration by Bethany A. Caskey
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Sep 1, 2017

Handling and Storage of Fresh Eggs from Backyard Chickens

Handling and Storage of Fresh Eggs from Backyard Chickens
The debate about the handling and storage of fresh eggs from backyard chickens is alive and well. I could present you with the history of egg sanitation practices in the United States and Europe or detail the many conflicting opinions among poultry professionals about how or whether freshly laid eggs should be handled, and I could bore you with the advantages and disadvantages of each position, but I’m not going to because scientific studies supporting each position can be found on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. If food safety experts disagree about egg washing and storage conditions, how is a backyard chicken keeper to decide what's safer short of flipping a coin?
Handling and Storage of Fresh Eggs from Backyard Chickens

Aug 19, 2017

The Effect of the Solar Eclipse on Chickens

The Effect of the Solar Eclipse on Chickens ~The Chicken Chick
On August 21, 2017, countless chickens on earth will experience a total eclipse of the sun for the first and only time in their lives. The period of time during which the moon will cover the sun to varying degrees depends on where they live, but the "path of totality," or the complete lights-out when the moon totally blocks the sun from the earth, will last only about 2 minutes and 40 seconds. What does that mean for your backyard chickens? Should you take any special precautions, worry about their behavior, be concerned about their their vision or fear a drop in egg-production? The short answer to each is: no, so relax and enjoy the celestial show! 

Aug 15, 2017

Tips for the Care of Crested Chicken Breeds

Tips for the Care of Crested Chickens  www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
Sometimes being a fancy chicken isn't all it's cracked up to be. With showy poofs of feathers on their heads, crested chickens often encounter daily challenges other breeds do not. A chicken keeper that is aware of these potential challenges can make adjustments to improve their chicken's quality of life and ensure flock harmony. Let's take a look at some of those challenges and some simple accommodations that can help our feathered-hat-wearing friends.
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Ally McBeak, a Tolbunt frizzled Polish hen (above)
Seigfreid & Roy, Gold Laced Polish chicks  (below)
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Jun 30, 2017

The Right Way to Hold & Handle a Chicken

Holding a chicken correctly allows you to examine a chicken easily, keeps them calm and securely supported by their keel, (breast bone) and has the added benefit of keeping the working end of the bird away from you, greatly reducing the change of getting pooped on.
Yes, Virginia, there really is a right way to hold a chicken. Is it always necessary to hold a chicken correctly? No, but every chicken keeper should be aware of the proper method and use it during exams and bathing. Not only can handling a bird improperly stress the chicken unnecessarily, it can endanger their lives by restricting their ability to inflate their air sacs to breathe. Holding a chicken correctly allows you to examine a chicken easily, keeps them calm and securely supported by their keel, (breast bone) and has the added benefit of keeping the working end of the bird away from you, greatly reducing the chance of getting pooped on. You're welcome!
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