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When will my chickens start laying eggs?

On average, hens start laying eggs around 20 weeks of age, with peak production occurring around 27–30 weeks of age, depending on how old they are, their breed, the time of year it is when they become sexually mature, and of course whether you are feeding them good food and plentiful fresh clean water. Different breeds start laying at different ages. Golden Comets may begin laying as early as 16 weeks! Rhode Island Reds, Delawares and Barred Plymouth Rocks are also early layers, usually around 18–20 weeks. […]

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How many different breeds of chickens exist in the world?

According to The Behavioural Biology of Chickens by Christine J. Nicol, there are over 500 breeds worldwide. According to the list of chicken breeds on Wikipedia, there are hundreds of chicken breeds in existence. I doubt you could get a more definitive answer from any single source as there is no central entity that keeps track of all chicken breeds in the world. Currently, the American Poultry Association recognizes around 60 breeds, which are categorized into six classes within a book known as the Standard of Perfection. Check out the […]

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Which came first — the chicken or the egg?

It is that age old question again — “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” I am not smart enough to enter Mensa, but here’s my train of thought: If chickens lay eggs from which chickens come, the chicken came before the egg. The following articles give us some interesting perspectives: They’ve cracked it at last! The chicken DID come before the egg Ask a science teacher: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The following video suggests that at some point, some almost–chicken creature […]

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Tips On Building Chicken Coops And Runs

When you’re planning your new backyard chicken coop, remember that you’re building a home for your flock and the more comfortable they feel, the more productive your chickens will be. Have a solid plan before you begin and try to take into account all of the things your hens will need to be happy and healthy. Chickens can be quite picky about their homes. A Fixed or Mobile Chicken Coop? The first decision you will need to make is whether you want a fixed coop or a […]

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What are the dos and don’ts of supplemental lighting in the chicken coop?

Dos Make sure that your pullets are at least 20 weeks of age before introducing any artificial lighting in the coop. Why 20 weeks of age? Because 20 weeks of age is the normal age for chickens to start laying. Use an automatic timer so you can ‘set it and forget it’, and to establish consistency with your lighting efforts. It’s recommended to have the timer turn the light on early in the morning until sunrise. For example, if the goal is to provide 15 hours of […]

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Where did the chicken come from?

The modern chicken, as we know it, is descended from several of four known species of wild jungle fowl (Gallus) that inhabited parts of Southeast Asia about 50 million years ago — way before even human beings were on this planet. The four species are: Gallus Gallus or Gallus Bankiva, which is the Red jungle fowl, and is spread throughout eastern India, China, Burma, Siam, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. Gallus Lafayette, which is the Ceylon jungle fowl, and is concentrated in Ceylon. Gallus Sonneratii, the Gray […]

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How To Build A Chicken Coop Off Plans

How To Build A Chicken Coop Off Plans Using plans to build your chicken coop can be a great idea because it saves you the time needed to design one yourself. However, not all plans are created equal and even if you find a good blueprint, you should have a good idea of what you need to build before purchasing any time of plan. If you choose to go with a plan instead of a pre-built chicken pen then you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. […]

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Essential Tips To Building A Chicken Coop From Blueprints

If you’ve decided to build your chicken coop based off of a set of plans or blueprints, the three essentials you can’t ignore prior to building are: creating an open and comfortable area for the chickens, providing a safe pen to house the chickens, and making sure there is plenty of light. The more comfortable your chickens, the happier, healthier, and more productive they’ll be. You’ll want your chicken coop to also provide plenty of ventilation by allowing air to flow freely. Chicken poop and heat can […]

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