Category Archives: Chicken Health

Homemade Chicken Feed

Homemade Chicken Feed

Homemade Chicken Feed

Homemade chicken feed is increasingly gaining popularity. Due to the reports that certain plant products are causing diseases, chicken owners are not confident whether to trust the commercially prepared chicken feed. If you are one of those who are not yet convinced by the homemade chicken feed idea, here are some advantages.

Chicken Feed and Nutrition

Chicken Feed and Nutrition

Chicken feed and nutrition has evolved to become a science. As raising chickens commercially for meat and eggs have become the norm, feeds have been developed to give optimum nutrition to growing birds and depending on the purpose which they have been developed for. Like people, chickens need carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water to grow and develop optimal chicken health.

Chicken Hearing

Chicken Hearing Picture

Chicken Hearing

Chickens have a great sense of hearing developed from years of identifying and evading predators.

Egg bound laying hens

Egg Bound Laying Hens

How to identify an egg bound laying hens, how to treat an egg bound laying hens, and how nutrition affects the condition
Egg binding is a condition wherein your hen will not be able to pass the egg she has in her oviduct for one reason or another. This is a serious disorder that commonly affects young hens who are laying eggs for the first time although it can affect any hen at any age.

Feather Loss in Laying Hens

Feather Loss in Laying Hens

Feather loss in laying hens, is it normal, and potential problems.
Feathers on chickens serve a variety of purposes. They regulate temperature, facilitate courting and mating between sexes and of course, for flight. They can also serve as protection, such as when it is used for camouflage in the wild to protect them against predators. Feathers are often the first sign of potential chicken health problems.

How to determine the sex of a chick, pullet, or adult chicken

How to determine the sex of a chick, pullet, or adult chicken

Determining the sex of chickens is of prime importance for commercial poultry farms who eliminate or cull the unwanted sex because they are not necessary for the kind of poultry production they are in.

Chicken Molting and Chicken Feather Loss

Chicken Molting and Chicken Feather Loss

When chicken molting takes place, and health risks of molting New chicken raisers are often given the shock of their lives when they see their chickens gone bald or balding one day.

Chickens in Winter

Chickens in Winter Picture

Chickens in Winter                                                                                      

When you are keeping egg laying hens, one of the main concerns is the laying season. Starting from 6 months, most hens will be ready to lay, depending on the breed. A laying hen is capable of laying one egg a day. Daylight stimulates ovulation so the pituitary gland can induce the ovaries to lay eggs. So the longer the days are, the more ovulation occurs and egg production is at its peak. When the days grow shorter, ovulation is not as frequent and egg production also decreases.