380 Million Egg Recall Due To Salmonella

“They are saying in this 380 million Egg Recall that the Salmonella is inside the chicken, infecting the inside of the egg. I know you can get salmonella from not washing your hands after handling eggs, but an infected chicken? How would we ever know if our chickens were infected on the farm. How does…

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Rooster Behavior In Baby Chicks

“I have been “chickenless” for many years but in May I bought 4 Silkies after about a year of planning. My fear is that 3 of them are roosters. My first question is can roosters be kept together? These were to really just to be pets and get a few small eggs as a bonus.…

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Egg Shells As A Calcium Supplement

“I want to know if you have had any bad luck with feeding your chickens egg shells. Specifically that they then decide to eat the eggs before I have taken them out the shell. I do not want to start bad habits, but I have always thought feeding them table scraps and kitchen waste along…

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Egg Bound Hens

“When I was a child, I seem to remember that one of our neighbor’s hens got an egg stuck and she died. I don’t remember the details, I was young at the time, but it made an impression on me nevertheless. Now I have a family of my own and we’ve started keeping chickens. I’ve…

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Broody Hen Coming Off The Nest

“I’ve had a broody chicken sitting on eggs for over two weeks. Today she has been off the nest all day. Will the eggs still hatch if she goes back to sitting?” ~ Anne Thanks for the question, Anne. My answer is, “Maybe.” There is a possibility that the eggs will be fine if your…

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Hens Beak Getting Lighter In Color…

“I am a first time chicken farmer and appreciate the advice I’ve been receiving in your newsletter. I’ve noticed that the color of my hens beaks seem to be getting lighter. They seem to be fine otherwise, they are eating and drinking and giving lots of eggs. They’ve been laying for a few months now.…

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Nutritional Value Of A Free Range Egg VS. Caged Hen Eggs

“Hello, There are people out there who think a cheap egg from a factory farm is a good deal and no different nutritionally than a free range or organic egg or better yet a free range, organic eggs. Do you know of any data that discusses the superior quality of “real” eggs? There tends to…

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Feeding Chickens Dog Food

“I have been feeding my chickens, amongst other food, ‘Dog food’ and they love it, do you think this is OK or not? Regards” ~ Colin. Hi Colin, Thanks for the question. Because I don’t know the formulation of the dog food you have been feeding your chickens, I can’t answer your question specifically. There…

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