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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Where to buy chicks and chickens in New York State?

Where to buy chicks and chickens in New York State?


Its the beginning of raising chickens for the very first time or you maybe a chicken pro! It is time that you begin your quest to find quality hatched day old chicks and for some.. started pullets or laying hens. You have come to the right place, here at Catch a Torii Farms - home of "The Poultry Hatchery". We would be happy to take the time to answer your questions and let you look through the several age groups of poultry we have available for pick up. 
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Goodbye, Daylight Savings Time

Goodbye, Daylight Savings Time

If you have animals, you know all about the tragedy that is Sunday, November 3rd. The day it starts getting dark at 4PM. I will give you a moment to wallow in your existential dread.

That’s enough. Take a deep breath. Now we can help you make informed lighting and heating decisions for your chickens.


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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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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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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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Predator Diagnosis

To understand how and why various animals attack poultry flocks, it can be helpful to know more about their behaviors. Knowledge of predator behavior provides background you can use as you try to identify and address predators of your flock.

Domestic dogs allowed to run free in a neighborhood can be a problem for poultry flocks. They often kill simply for the fun of it. Dogs descended from the wolf and have retained some of the hunting instinct of this predecessor. Not all dogs will attack a poultry flock. In fact, some breeds are good guard dogs for a flock. Factors that contribute to the likelihood that a dog will attack a flock include the breed of the dog, the presence of other dogs, and the dog’s past experiences. Some breeds have a greater tendency to chase prey than others. This inclination can be heightened by the presence of other dogs, often resulting in pack behavior. Also, if a dog has had success in the past at getting food by attacking a poultry flock, it is more likely to repeat the behavior.

Although coyotes have been seen traveling in large groups, they usually hunt in pairs. Coyotes are primarily nocturnal (active at night) but often can been seen during daylight hours. They were once diurnal (active during the day) but, through adaptation, have developed more nocturnal habits to adjust to habitat pressure from humans.

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Welcome to our NEW online store

Welcome to our online store! Our team is proud to announce that we're now open for business, and we look forward to serving you all in the future. If you have any questions about this store or the products found within, please don't hesitate to contact us any time. Our website has been carefully designed to provide you with an amazingly flexible online shopping experience, and its ease of navigation is something we think you'll grow to depend on and appreciate. Feel free to browse our entire product catalog, and let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the items housed within. Our team is always ready and willing to assist our customers, and we are happy for your visit.
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