Category Archives: BITE-SIZED CHICKEN

Why chickens disappear?

 She’s trying to become a mother and she’s hiding somewhere to lay and hatch her eggs. Without proper training on laying in a specific location, a hen will lay an egg anywhere she feels safe. So, you really need to train your hens to lay eggs in their nest boxes. Additional reading: How to Find Where Your Hen Lays Eggs   She’s been taken by a predator The list of poultry predators is long, but there are some common ones to look out for. Depending where you live, […]

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What is the easiest way to catch a chicken without chasing them around?

It’s really enjoyable to watch people running around trying to catch a chicken! Knowing how to catch a chicken is a very important skill to master. Sometimes chickens can get loose and you will need to catch them. You might also need to catch them to clip their wings or to inspect them for parasites or other problems. On Self Sufficient Me website, Mark Valencia shared 15 effective ways to catch a chicken: Chase it down   Duck neck or shepherds hook wire method This is less […]

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Can chickens recognize your face?

Recent science tell us that chickens have great memories and facial recognition skills. They are able to remember and recognize more than 100 different members of its own species, including other animals, humans, places and things, even after months apart. That means that your chickens can recognize you. So, treat them nice, people! Chickens also have the ability to learn and retain what they’ve learned from past experiences, then recall and apply in future situations. In one study, hens learned that red-colored food was good, while their […]

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Do chickens have feelings?

Yes, according to British veterinary researcher Dr. Joanne Edgar, from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol, chickens display feelings of empathy. In 2011 she conducted a detailed study to demonstrate that when chicks are under stress, the mothers act as if they too are experiencing the same stress. When mother hens experienced a loss such as the death of a chick, they mourned and showed signs of depression. This occurred when the hens were removed from the flock and placed in solitary quarters […]

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Can chickens swim?

This is a pretty funny question, but I really want to know and I’m sure you do too, don’t you? Let’s check it out: Although they do not particularly like water, chickens (I refer to adult chickens only; baby chicks can drown very easily) are able to float like ducks and instinctively know how to swim. When a chicken gets in water, accidentally or otherwise, it will instinctively move its legs rapidly in circular cyclic movements and try to swim ashore as quickly as it can. On […]

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Do chickens dream?

Like humans, chickens dream. Scientists say that chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which means they are capable of dreaming. REM is the stage of sleep where eyes are darting back and forth, or rapidly moving. Many scientists believe that REM sleep is where 80% of dreaming happens. Until now, only mammals and birds were known to experience REM. Research in a German laboratory involving five lizards called Australian bearded dragons indicates that these reptiles may dream. But what do chickens dream about? “Chickens dream about bugs, […]

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How to tell if my hen is in lay?

In this video clip, Mike Colley, FAI Farms poultry manager, explains if a hen is in lay. Firstly, he checks the health of the hen by looking at: feather condition across the whole body and the flight feathers — the feathers should be smooth and complete. eyes, nostrils, comb and wattles — the eyes should be open with a sparkle in them, the nostrils should be clean, and when a hen gets close to being ready to lay an egg, their combs will get larger and turn […]

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How long do chickens live?

Reference.com says 5–7 years is expected on average, but that pet chickens can live closer to 10 years. Countryside Daily claims that the average age is 8–15 years. The Happy Chicken Coop says the average chicken has a life expectancy of around 3–4 years due to their vulnerability to predators and diseases. However, well cared for backyard chickens can live to around 7–8 years. My Pet Chicken says that backyard chickens live to be about 8–10 years old, but it’s possible for a chicken to live up […]

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Can barley be fed to chickens?

According to Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, yes, chickens can be fed a wide variety of grains and will do well if the grains are fed in a balanced ration. Chicks can be fed wheat, oats or barley. The oats or barley need to be limited to 25% of the starter diet. After six weeks of age, the birds can be fed rations with oats or barley as the whole source of grain, especially if they have been exposed to these grains previously. All poultry can […]

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