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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! 
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Aug 15, 2017

Tips for the Care of Crested Chicken Breeds

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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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Jun 23, 2017

Holy Cow, I'm a Beekeeper!

I never planned to raise chickens or bees, yet here I sit, a card-carrying chicken junkie and a brand new beekeeper!
I never planned to raise chickens or bees, yet here I sit, a card-carrying chicken junkie and a brand new beekeeper! I felt fairly prepared for my first flock of chickens before they arrived, but not the bees. Honey bees are such foreign creatures, I don't know that I ever would have felt the same level of confidence going into beekeeping that I had with my first chickens. But, after Harvest Lane Honey set me up for success with all the equipment and supplies I needed to get started, any apprehension about working with bees soon disappeared as I dove head-first into a total immersion beekeeping education phase!
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Jun 4, 2017

Chicken Picking Causes and Solutions

Feather and skin picking is a serious problem behavior exhibited by chickens under stress. If the stress is not identified and alleviated, feather picking can degenerate into a flock-wide problem with deadly results.
Feather and skin picking is a serious problem behavior exhibited by chickens under stress. If the stress is not identified and alleviated, feather picking can degenerate into a flock-wide problem with deadly results. Chickens learn picking behavior from each other, so ending unwanted picking as soon as it begins is critical to avoiding a bloody epidemic. Once the cause of the stress is determined, it's usually fairly easy to stop the picking by making minor adjustments in the flock. So, let's take a look at chicken picking risk factors, prevention and solutions.