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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 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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If chickens are so bad at flying, why do they have wings?

There are many fossil evidence supporting the theory that all modern-day birds, including chickens, are descended from dinosaurs, and may even be the closest living relative to the T-rex. Protein resembling that found in chicken has been extracted from a 68-million-year-old T-rex bone, providing further evidence of the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and chickens. The fossils of the Gobi Desert have also provided critical supportive information linking dinosaurs and their direct descendants, the birds. Over time, these ‘chickenosaurus’ had to adapt to their changing environments and resulted […]

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Can chickens fly over the fence?

Of course, chickens can fly over the fence and they most certainly will. As a matter of fact, your chickens will fly exactly where you don’t want them to. Depending on the breed, a typical chicken could probably easily deal with a fence of about 5–7 ft high. Some lightweight breeds like Hamburg and Leghorn can reach heights of about 10 ft, and many other Mediterranean breeds such as Anconas, Araucanas, Catalanas, Minorcas, Polish, Sumatra, Red Rangers and Appenzeller Spitzhaubens (Swiss breed) are also known for flying. […]

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Can chickens fly?

Yes, your chickens can fly, although they are not very good flyers. They can cover short distances to escape predators or get up into trees to roost. We have learned that chickens can fly. But how far can they fly and for how long? As of 2014, the longest recorded time a chicken has been observed flying continuously is 13 seconds. So, the next question is how far can a chicken fly in 13 seconds? In that 13 second’s flight, the chicken covered 301.5 feet! So, that […]

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Do chickens have sex to lay eggs? How do chickens mate?

Chickens actually have sex or mate just like other animals do, but not necessarily to lay eggs. This is because once a hen reaches maturity at about 6 months of age, lighting conditions trigger hormones to start the egg laying cycle. She can lay eggs without mating with a male. Egg laying is spurred by hormones, hormones are triggered by environmental factors. If you remove the environmental triggers, you can stop the egg laying. If you hope to add more chicks to your flock, however, you will […]

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How fast can chickens run?

Chickens can run at 9mph (14kph) (humans 12–15mph), which isn’t too shabby for a bird with short legs. (Photo by Alvesgaspar, from Wikimedia Commons) Here’s a video compilation of chickens chasing kids that will make you laugh insanely! (This sort of gives you an idea how fast chickens can run.)

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How to predator-proof my chicken coop and run?

Protecting your chickens from predators is often a constant battle for chicken keepers. Predators are active both during the day and night, all year long. In the fall, predators get even more aggressive and taking preventative measures is critical. You’ve heard the saying, “The best offense is a good defense” definitely applies to protecting your chickens from predators. Measures you can take to keep your flock safe:   Build a sturdy coop Of course, a sturdy coop isn’t foolproof, but it’s like a Berlin Wall between your […]

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How to keep my chickens cool in summer heat?

According to the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, an adult chicken’s normal body temperature is between 105°F and 107°F (40.6°C and 41.7°C), depending on the time of day (before and after feeding, night time). The body temperature of a newly hatched chick is about 103.5°F (39.7°C), and increases daily until it reaches a stable level at about 3 weeks of age. The ideal environmental temperature for chicks is 95°F (35°C) to 100°F (37°C), and when they get older it’s 65°F (18°C) to 70°F […]

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How long do chickens lay eggs?

Chickens usually lay the most eggs in the first 2–3 years of their lives and slow down considerably or stop laying eggs around 4–5 years of age. Commercial egg factories usually cull (remove or kill) hens at 2 years for top egg production. They are ground up and used for pet food. Check out this list of other possible reasons your backyard chickens aren’t laying other than their age.

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