Chickens

chickens in snow

Can Chickens Freeze to Death? (Cold-Weather Guide)

Winter can be a difficult time to care for outdoor animals. When looking after backyard chickens, these colder months can cause problems to arise that are much less likely to occur during more temperate times. Unfortunately, chickens can freeze to death. Although chickens are quite resilient to the cold, they can die if they aren’t…

chickens eating a tomatoe

Can chickens eat tomatoes | Tasty Treat or Staple diet?

You’ve likely noticed that chickens are notaries for eating just about anything you give them, or more commonly, anything they happen to find for themselves and tomatoes are something that many wonder whether or not chickens can eat due to the fact that they are part of the ‘nightshade’ family.  As omnivores and foragers, chickens…

chickens pecking a hole in an egg

Why do chickens peck holes in their eggs?

Chickens pecking holes in their eggs might at first seem like an innocent action by a curious creature, they are natural foragers and will, therefore, peck at a range of items out of curiosity and also in the search for food.  If you notice any small holes in the egg then this is a serious…

hen eating out of someones hand

Can Chickens Eat Cheese? | Cheese & Dairy Products

When we think of who should be eating cheese, chickens are mostly not on that list. Cheese is a typical delicacy among other animals, particularly mice. Nevertheless, can chickens eat cheese? Giving your chicken a variety in their treats is an excellent way to keep them happy and keep the produce coming. If you’re looking…

chicken eating

Can Chickens Eat Grapes | Safe treat?

Giving your chicken treats is an excellent way to diversify their diet. If you’re planning to feed your chicken grapes as their treat for the day but aren’t sure if they are safe, this article is for you. Chicken are not picky eaters; their food preferences are quite varied.  When given in moderation, grapes are…

chicken on a nest of hay

Can You Use Hay for Chicken Bedding | Is it food or bedding?

If you’re a first-time chicken owner, deciding what bedding to use for your chickens can be a daunting task. For even the experienced ones, switching chicken coop bedding is one of the toughest choices in flock care. After all, the litter you offer to your chickens in their coop is not a luxury. It’s a…

chicken eating blackberries

Can Chickens Eat Blackberries? Here’s What You Need to Know

Unlike most pets, chickens are not picky about what they eat. In fact, it’s entirely the other way round in most cases. While layer feed and water make a good old staple diet, it doesn’t mean they can’t have fun and get the odd treat or two. We love to spoil our backyard chickens with…

chicken feeding in a garden

Do Chickens Eat Meat? | Safe Food or Unhealthy?

Chickens are opportunistic eaters and more importantly, they are also omnivores which means they’ll eat almost anything that you give to them (or that they find).  This might seem like an ideal scenario as you can now feed them anything and they’ll happily eat it, however, the reverse is actually true and you now need…

chciken drinking water

Do Chickens Need Water at Night ( Advantages | Disadvantages)

Raising chickens differs from raising cats and dogs. Many will find the thought of keeping backyard chickens absurd, but only those who do it know that it is an incredibly rewarding experience. While it’s quite an easy feat, there are often opposing views about what’s right or wrong. Whether it’s the extent of lighting or…

chicken and a rooster

Chicken Vs Hen ( What’s The Difference? )

Does differentiating your chickens from your hens leave you scratching your head or have you given up and use the two terms interchangeably? In this article, we share the essentials on chickens vs hens equipping you with all you need to know about the world’s most common bird! If you’re considering keeping backyard chickens then…

A CHICKEN AND A BASKET OF EGGS

Do Chickens Eat Their Own Eggs? Why? What does it Mean?

Scientists have successfully decoded the mystery of ‘Which came first – the chicken or the egg?” riddle. The answer is an egg! But there’s an equally puzzling question that has intrigued and frustrated poultry farmers and ‘chicken enthusiasts’ for a long time. And that is: Do chickens eat their own eggs? Isn’t that just cannibalism?…

feeding oyster grit to chikens

Feeding oyster shell grit to chickens. Do your chickens need it?

Oyster shell grit is a staple part of the diet of domestic poultry. But to the newcomer to backyard hens, feeding oyster shell grit to chickens may seem strange. After all crushed shells and stones have no nutritional benefit for your birds or do they? In this article, we will take a look at what…