May 22, 2016

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #192 featuring a BriteTap Chick Feeder Giveaway!

Welcome to my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! You're invited to enter the giveaway, hop from one fascinating blog article to another and share links from your blog (if you have one)!
GIVEAWAY!
ends 5/29/16 9pm EST
Enter to WIN a BriteTap Chick Feeder with base & extra feeder tube, courtesy of ChickenWaterer.com!
Feeder features/benefits:
  • Shield keeps feed dry & clean by preventing chicks from perching on feeder. Adjustable shield can be raised as chicks grow. 
  • Easy top-fill access. Feeder tube capacity=4 cups. Additional feeder tube capacity =10 oz.
  • Top rack dishwasher safe.
  • Use for grit or oyster shells for adult chickens. Shield keeps feed dry & clean.
ENTRY DETAILS BELOW!
(click on "read more" if necessary, then scroll all the way down)

May 18, 2016

Making Eggs While She Sleeps: The Importance of Diet in Eggshell Formation


Chickens and humans share a few things in common: what we eat impacts how we feel and how our bodies perform. As anyone who has struggled with fertility issues knows, diet affects egg production and egg quality. Similarly, a hen’s egg production is affected by diet.
Chickens and humans share a few things in common: what we eat impacts how we feel and how our bodies perform. As anyone who has struggled with fertility issues knows, diet affects egg production and egg quality. Similarly, a hen’s egg production is affected by diet. However, hens are much more sensitive to getting their daily nutritional needs met than women because hens make many eggs each month, not just one.  Hens require precise amounts of each essential dietary component, in the right forms and at the right times to live long, healthy lives and make high-quality, normal looking eggs.
Hens require precise amounts of each essential dietary component, in the right forms and at the right times to live long, healthy lives and make high-quality, normal looking eggs.
GIVEAWAY!
ends 5/25/16
Enter to WIN a 1 lb Bag of Spruce the Coop Herbal Fusion, Nest Box & Chicken Coop Herbs at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
ENTRY DETAILS BELOW!
(Click on "read more" and/or Scroll ALL the way down!)

Spruce the Coop is available for purchase HERE!

May 15, 2016

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #191 featuring a Henbag & Vetericyn Prize Package GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! You're invited to enter the giveaway, hop from one fascinating blog article to another and share links from your blog (if you have one)!
GIVEAWAY!
ends 5/22/16
Enter to WIN a Henbag AND a Vetericyn wound care spray prize package! 
Henbag & Vetericyn Poultry Care Spray Giveaway at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
ENTRY DETAILS BELOW!
(Click on "read more" and/or Scroll ALL the way down!)
The Henbag is available for purchase HERE.

May 8, 2016

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #190 featuring a Backyard Chicken Prize Package GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop! You're invited to enter the giveaway, hop from one fascinating blog article to another and share links from your blog (if you have one)!
GIVEAWAY!
ends 5/15/16 9pm EST
Enter to WIN Enter to WIN a Backyard Chicken Prize Package, which includes
a bag of Koop Clean bedding from Lucerne Farms, 
Happy Chicken Prize Package GIVEAWAY at www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
Read more about what makes Koop Clean different from other bedding types HERE!
Learn what Big Ole Bird probiotics can do for your chickens in this 2 minute video!
ENTRY DETAILS BELOW!
(click on "read more" if necessary, then scroll all the way down)

May 6, 2016

When & How to Trim a Chicken's Nails & Rooster's Spurs

Backyard chickens normally wear down their toenails while scratching and walking on the ground outside, however, some chickens are unable to maintain their nail length either due to awkward anatomical position or from being housed on wire floors or soft bedding, in which case, trimming, clipping or filing is recommended to prevent lameness or injury.
Chickens' nails are similar to humans' and dogs' in that they continue to grow and require maintenance. Backyard chickens normally wear down their toenails while scratching and walking on the ground outside, however, some chickens are unable to maintain their nail length either due to awkward anatomical position or from being housed on wire floors or soft bedding, in which case, trimming, clipping or filing is recommended to prevent lameness or injury.
Some breeds, including Silkies, have extra toes that grow in funky directions,  requiring periodic nail clipping.