Quick Fire Questions About Roosters

While we’re on the subject of roosters, I thought we’d take the time to answer some quick questions you all have sent that require short answers… “Do you have to have a rooster to get your hen to lay eggs?” ~ Dana 7 years old Hi Dana, thanks for writing. A hen will lay eggs…

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Keeping A Young Rooster From Crowing

“Is there a way to limit a young rooster from crowing or is there anything that you can do to “condition or train” him from excessive crowing. He doesn’t bother me, but I live on the edge of a camp and I get some mild complaints from volunteers who sleep in nearby cabins about his…

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Feedback Re: Peeling Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs

Several of you wrote in with tips on peeling hard boiled eggs that are fresh after reading last week’s issue. Thank you all for your tips, some of them are new to me and I look forward to trying them. Here’s a few that represent the many ideas we received…

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Do Roosters Molt?

“Hi Wendy, Do roosters go through a period of molting? I have a beautiful Blue Lace Windot rooster that has lost his tail feathers first and then lots of feathers on his head and neck. I put no-pick lotion on him. No luck. He still is losing feathers. I have examined him for mites and…

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Keeping Chickens Whilst Pregnant

“We are new to keeping chickens and I have a question; is it safe for me to interact with my chickens when I am pregnant? We think we have 5 hens, none of them are crowing anyway. They are 14 weeks old and I’ve really enjoyed taking care of our little flock. We were very…

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Chicken Egg Shell Not Separating From The Egg White

“Hi there, we seem to have a problem with our eggs when they are boiled the egg shells do not separate from the egg white, so we actually dismember part of the egg white when peeling them. I don’t think that it is a problem with how we are boiling them because if we boil…

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What Are Considered Organic Chicken Eggs?

“What are considered “Organic Eggs”? I am using Layer type pellet feed at the moment, I have never used antibiotics that I know of. I have used scratch in the past, but see nothing in the layer mix that would be considered un-organic. What hoops do you have to jump though to be organic certified?…

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Soft Shelled, Misshapen Shelled, or Eggs With No Shells

“One of our three chickens has started laying eggs without a shell. They’re in the sac and rather jelly like! I thought it was just a blip, but we’re still finding them after 4 days, so would be glad to find out what’s happening. Is it likely to be dietary? They get mash morning and…

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