Self vs Non-Self: A Backyard Chicken Biology LessonBelieve it or not, microbes have a huge impact on your backyard flock. In this video, Dr. John gives a “Backyard Chicken Biology Lesson” explaining how an animal’s initial microbial community, made up of their own cells and cells f...Posted in: backyard chicken, bacteria, biology, chicken coop, chicken microbiome, immune system, microbes, microbiomeRead more
Chicken Behavior: Normal or Not?
Whether it has to do with the way they lay eggs, how they interact with one another, or anything in between, you probably notice a lot of things about the way your chickens behave. And if you’re new to raising chicken...Posted in: backyard chicken, behavior, can chickens, chicken barns, chickens chicken, egg chicken, flock of chickens, hen and chicken, hen chicken, laying hen, rooster chickenRead more
Mild, Moderate, and Severe Stress in Chickens
Stress is chickens’ natural physiological response to protect themselves, but too much stress can reduce your flock’s health. For prey animals like chickens, stress initiates the fight or flight response that helps them survive in the...Posted in: anxiety in chickens, backyard chicken, backyard chicken coop, chicken, chicken and eggs, chicken and rooster, chicken coop, heat stress in chickens, stress, stressed chick egg, stressed out chickenRead more
Chicken Treats: A Nutritional Overview
Every chicken keeper knows the value of treats! Keepers can use them to bond with chickens or to train them to come back to the coop, especially in the evening when the risk of predators is higher.
There are many types of treat...Posted in: backyard chicken coop, best treats for chicken, chicken, chicken coop, chicken favorite treat, chicken feed, chicken hen, chicken treats, healthy chicken, hen, hen and chickens, hen food, how to feed chickens, snacks for chickens, treats for chickensRead more