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Keep Chickens Well Watered in Summer

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Planning for summer chicken care will ensure that your flock has sufficient water on very hot days. The poultry experts at Southern States have some helpful tips for keeping your chickens cool and hydrated during the heat of summer.

How to Keep Baby Chicks Warm

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Because it is essential that new chicks stay warm without overheating, it’s a good idea to prepare their brooder at least 24 hours before their arrival. Selecting the right heat lamp and setting the ideal temperature will ensure a healthy climate for your chicks.

Cleaning Chicken Coops

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If you have chickens on your farm or even in your backyard, you know how messy they can be! Regular cleaning and maintenance of your chickens can include cleaning droppings, replacing nesting materials, and removing dirt and discarded feathers, but it is also important to deep clean your chicken coops and runs periodically to keep your flock healthy and happy.

Terms Every Chicken Owner Should Know

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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.

Feeding Baby Chicks

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You can easily provide chicks with a healthy, balanced diet using pre-formulated, store-bought feed. Usually sold as “chick starter feed” or “chick starter mash,” these formulations provide all the chicks’ necessary nutrients from day one until their eighth week.

Protecting Chickens from Predators

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Whether you’re in an urban environment or surrounded by acres of land, other critters may want to cash in on the hard work you’re putting into raising chickens. Here are some tips for coop construction and care that will help keep predators at bay.

Chickens Missing Feathers

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It can be a bit unsettling when you notice one or more of your chickens are missing feathers. There can be many reasons for it. We have some helpful tips for understanding why your chickens may be losing feathers and solutions you can try to remedy the problem.

Building A Chicken Coop

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Building a chicken coop is the first step towards healthier living and saving you dollars at the grocery store. Find what you need to get started at Southern States, from building your coop to selecting quality chicken feed, supplies & more.

How To Care For New Chicks

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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.

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