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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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What are the things that MUST be in place BEFORE my chicks arrive?

Here are the 8 most important things you must prepare BEFORE your chicks arrive:  A container to hold the chicks in This can be a fish tank, a galvanized metal tank, a kiddie/paddling pool, a premade brooder, a rabbit hutch, a Sterilite container, or a cardboard box. No matter which brooder you choose, make sure it is cleaned and sterilized, has adequate space for the chicks to move away from the heat if they get too warm, and make sure that there are no cracks or broken […]

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Grit and oyster shell — why your chickens need them?

Chickens don’t have teeth, which means they can’t chew — at least not in their mouths. So chickens need grit to be their teeth, which are stored in their gizzard. The gizzard is a tough and powerful muscle, and as it squeezes and churns, it uses the stones to grind up the food. Without grit, digestion is slowed and the hens are less efficient at extracting nutrients from feed, and your flock’s health can be seriously compromised. If you allow your chickens to truly free–range, they should […]

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