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Is a rooster needed for your backyard chicken flock?

Is a rooster needed for your backyard chicken flock?

Subsequently follow the more burning question: Do you need a rooster? 
Most would assume you require a rooster to help develop an egg, but we'll dig a little deeper.
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The Thirsty Chicken

The Thirsty Chicken

I hope everyone enjoyed fall. All 3 days of it. Now that winter is here in spirit, the need for continuously thawed water has begun. Keeping chickens hydrated can be a real issue, especially when moving around means sacrificing your voluminous pouf of heat-retaining feathers to get a sip of water. Fear not!
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Bumblefoot in chickens - What is it and how to treat it

Bumblefoot in chickens - What is it and how to treat it

Bumblefoot is a bacterial infection that is from some bruising to the foot of the bird. Bumblefoot is not a contagious disease, and the individual bird that displays symptoms can be dealt with simply. This is treatable and curable using the recommend treatment.
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Flock Lifestyle Terminology

Flock Lifestyle Terminology

FLOCK LIFESTYLE TERMINOLOGY

Getting to know the correct terminology will better help you raise your backyard flock!

FREE RANGE | PASTURE RAISED | YARDING | PARTIAL CONFINEMENT .. Learn all about it here at Catch a Torii Farms!

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The Sky is Falling  Winterizing: Part 1

The Sky is Falling Winterizing: Part 1

Most of us in the Northeast have a basic handle on winterizing our poultry already, but there always seems to be those recurring winter battles. How do you accommodate everyone universally when the snow flies? How do you let air transfer and remove moisture, but keep the wind off your birds?
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The Importance of Beak Trimming

The Importance of Beak Trimming

I admit, before I had a chicken who required regular beak trims, I did not know this was a thing. Trimming a chickens beak? That sounds strange. Does it hurt?


Relax! Beak trimming is an important part of regular chicken care and maintenance. But, why?
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Glossary list of common poultry terms and slang

We've compiled a comprehensive alphabetical list of the terms and slang of poultry and chicken keeping. If we have missed anything or you have any local or slang poultry terms you would like to see included feel free to email [email protected]
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Fall Foraging On & Off the Farm

As a chicken-keeper, Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooler temperatures and reduced egg production are both a welcome respite for humans and chickens alike. Fall is the first signal that the cold is coming and it is time to start thinking about winter preparations.


But first, we eat.


A hens natural egg cycle is winding down, she is molting, drinking less, and eating more to help regrow feathers and replenish nutrition lost while producing eggs all year. Fall provides a bounty of chicken-friendly food items that arrive just in time to help your hens recondition before the snow flies. Squash, pumpkins, deer apples, oh my!


If you are like me and do not have enough space to garden, or if you were not so lucky gardening this year, here are a few of my favorite ways to acquire seasonal produce for your chickens that are economical and guaranteed to bring them joy:

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