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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.

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.

How to Set Up Your Brooder for New Chicks

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A good brooder provides your chicks a safe, clean home with plenty of airflow, warmth, food and water. You can purchase new brooder elements, or you can use items around your house to build a happy home for your new chicks.

What To Expect With Your First Chicken Eggs

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It's an exciting time when your hens have reached maturity and are ready to lay eggs. Most hens start to lay eggs around the age of 4 to 6 months although the time can actually vary depending on the breed and the time of year. As a first-time chicken owner, what can you expect with your first eggs? Southern States has the answers to your questions here.

Exposing Chicks Pets or Other Animals

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It’s not uncommon for domestic cats and dogs to want to make a tasty treat out of chicks or even full-grown chickens. However, while your pets may behave unpredictably around your chicks, there are steps you can take to protect your new feathered friends.

Safe Handling Techniques for Baby Chicks

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Practicing safe handling techniques protects both you and your chicks. Start off on the right foot by buying your chicks from a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) certified hatchery. This ensures the chicks arrive free of many poultry-specific diseases that could hurt them and you.

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.

Educating Your Children about Your Chickens

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Backyard flocks can teach children about responsibility and where food comes from, but children must understand that there is a potential health risk associated with handling chickens.

Chick Checklist

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Before bringing new baby chicks home to roost, it’s imperative to be prepared. While chickens are birds and birds are rather hardy creatures, day-old chicks (even 5-day-old baby chicks and 14-day-old baby chicks) are delicate little lives that require and demand extra care. Here are some things you can do ahead of time to make sure they come home to a nurturing environment.

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