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Poultry Care Article Series

Chickens of various breeds on the farm

The crow of a rooster is the hallmark of every idyllic farm scene, and raising chickens has been a part of farming life for centuries. Chickens aren't raised just on farms anymore though, and these days you'll often find them in suburban backyards or even urban settings too.

There are many reasons for raising chickens. They provide a great source of nutritious meat and eggs, and can be raised for fun, as a project for your local fair competition or for profit. Southern States presents an article series on raising chickens to give you the knowledge you need to start your own flock and keep your birds and their habitat healthy and strong.

Raising Chickens

To determine the appropriate number of birds, consider why and how raising chickens will benefit your family. Also look at the space available and the time needed for care and maintenance. With the vast variety of breeds, choosing the right chickens for the flock can be difficult. Save time, money and effort by first identifying why your family is raising chickens.

How to Care for New Chicks

More and more people each year become interested in raising a small flock of chickens for a hobby or to help lower the family food bills. Get your backyard flock off to a good start with this step-by-step guide on what to do after you bring your new chicks home. This article covers details on preparing your chicks' brooder, tips on feeding and watering and advice on keeping your chicks healthy and disease free.

Building A Chicken Coop & Links For Plans

Backyard chicken keeping is taking off in a big way. You and your family will enjoy caring for your birds, while enjoying the benefits of fresh eggs, fresh meat, and fertilizer for your garden. Building a chicken coop is the first step towards healthier living and saving you dollars at the grocery store.

Alleviating Heat Stress in Chickens

High temperatures and humidity cause heat stress in chickens. Hot weather is synonymous with summertime, so learn the signs of heat stress. Producers can take a number of measures to prevent and mitigate its negative effects. By doing so, your chickens can be productive and comfortable.

Terms Every Chicken Owner Should Know

Newcomers to the world of raising chickens face a whirlwind of new terms and unfamiliar jargon associated with poultry production. Reviewing this list of chicken terminology and chicken-related definitions will quickly have you knowing the difference between a wattle and a comb. And when someone asks you how your pullets are, you'll know how to answer.

Chicken Nutrition and Housing

Maintain a healthy flock of chickens by providing a balanced diet, clean and appropriately sized housing and sanitary living conditions. Optimal growth and performance depend on balanced nutrition.

Selling Chicken Eggs

A chicken in the shadeBeyond a regular supply of nutritious fresh eggs, you may want to sell your eggs to others. Such sales can yield profits for you and a quality, locally produced product for your customers. Most hens will start laying eggs when they are five to seven months old.

Broiler Management Guide

This guide to broiler management is the result of years of research by Cooperative Reasearch Farms. While CRF has conducted many broiler experiments genetics of birds and plants are constantly changing. The availability of more ingredients has allowed more accurate identification of the birds' needs. These studies have been on an applied basis rather than basic. This has kept the research on an immediate usage time line.

Small & Specialty Poultry Flocks Feeding Guide

Follow these guidelines for a poultry feeding program formulated to meet breed guidelines using feeds that are readily available to any dealer or customer in the Southern States operating territory.

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