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
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
Chick FAQs: Navel Edition
Do chicks have a belly button? Chicks have something like a belly button called a navel. The navel is located on the chick’s belly below their breastbone.
Why do chicks have a belly button or a nave...Posted in: chick care, Chick Care 101, chick care guide, chick health, chick navel, chick sign, chicken coop, chicken perdue, chickens, chickens diet, do chickens, feed store chickens, hen chicken, importance of signs, little chickens, new chick, newborn chicks, sign chicks, yolk sac, yolk sac chicksRead more