Can Chickens Eat Cucumber? [Is This A Suitable Scrap?]

Can Chickens Eat Cucumber? [Is This A Suitable Scrap?]

Feeding leftover scraps to our chickens is a great way to prevent waste and provide a treat. But what about cucumbers? Are they suitable to offer and are there any benefits in doing so? This is what the research says! So, can chickens eat cucumber? Chickens can eat cucumber, and …

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How Long Do Chickens Molt And Not Lay Eggs? [When To Expect It]

How Long Do Chickens Molt And Not Lay Eggs? [When To Expect It]

Molting can be quite concerning. Especially the first time you observe it in your flock. The losing of feathers and the lack of eggs are undoubtedly worrying; besides these are common symptoms in many illnesses that chickens can develop. But when is molting likely to occur, what’s the typical duration …

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Does It Hurt A Chicken To Lay An Egg? [And Signs It Might]

Does It Hurt A Chicken To Lay An Egg? [And Signs It Might]

Keeping chickens comes with its ups and downs, and eggs are definitely a positive. For us, at least. But does this process cause any pain and distress to our birds? Is it a challenge for a chicken to lay – and do they go through any significant discomfort at any …

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Do Coyotes Eat Chickens? [How Vigilant Do You Need To Be?]

Do Coyotes Eat Chickens? [How Vigilant Do You Need To Be?]

Coyote populations are soaring. They can be found in virtually every US state, and they have even started to move and find homes in cities. As such, any chicken keeper will naturally be concerned about their presence. But do they typically go after chickens and are they a significant danger …

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Will Chickens Sleep With The Light On? [Can It Be Left On?]

Will Chickens Sleep With The Light On? [Can It Be Left On?]

Installing lights in the chicken coop can provide a range of benefits for you and your flock. From providing supplemental light to improve egg production through to additional heating (depending on the type of bulb used). But can there be too much of a good thing? Should lighting be turned …

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Do Chickens Eat Cockroaches? [And Attract Them To The Coop?]

Do Chickens Eat Cockroaches? [And Attract Them To The Coop?]

Cockroaches in the coop. Never a good find. Regardless of whether you are squeamish or not, I think it is fair to say the cockroach is not usually very welcome. But will your birds eat them? Are there any benefits or risks of doing so? I spent some time researching …

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What Time Do Chickens Wake Up? [And When To Let Them Out]

What Time Do Chickens Wake Up? [And When To Let Them Out]

We are all familiar with the notorious Rooster crow; the natural morning alarm clock that signifies the start of each new day. But what does this mean for your standard flock of hens? What time do chickens naturally wake up, with or without a rooster present, and what does a …

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How Long Do Chickens Sleep? [How And Where Should They Do So?]

How Long Do Chickens Sleep? [How And Where Should They Do So?]

Sleeping. It’s an interesting and often misunderstood aspect of chicken keeping. At least to begin with! Yet for chickens, as is the case for humans, sleep is essential for their health and well-being. We therefore must take it seriously and understand their needs and preferences. With its importance in mind, …

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How Many Times A Day Should I Feed My Chickens? [And When]

How Many Times A Day Should I Feed My Chickens? [And When]

If you’re new to chicken keeping, then feeding will be an aspect of their care that you will soon need to become familiar with. Besides, nutrition is the single most important factor in ensuring your flock is healthy and happy. And the more time and care you put into feeding, …

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Can Chickens Lay 2 Eggs A Day? [What Is A Realistic Amount?]

Can Chickens Lay 2 Eggs A Day? [What Is A Realistic Amount?]

Anyone new to chicken keeping has a lot of enthusiasm for the eggs and their hens laying potential. Besides, it can be a primary reason for keeping them all together. But what is actually possible here? Is a chicken capable of laying more than one egg in a day? I …

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Best Bedding For Chicken Nesting Boxes [Keepers Buying Guide]

Best Bedding For Chicken Nesting Boxes [Keepers Buying Guide]

Bedding for nest boxes is fundamentally important. Not just for your chickens but for you as the keeper. That’s why it is so important that you use the right one. From providing a soft, comfortable and enticing surface for your hens to lay their eggs, all the way through to …

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Do Chickens Recognize Their Owners? [Attach Or Show Affection?]

Do Chickens Recognize Their Owners? [Attach Or Show Affection?]

As a chicken keeper, it would be nice to know that your birds could recognize you. Especially for all of your efforts. But do chickens have this ability; can they differentiate between humans? I spent some time researching to find out! So, do chickens recognize their owners? Chickens can learn …

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What Time Do Chickens Go To Bed? [Will They Go On Their Own?]

What Time Do Chickens Go To Bed? [Will They Go On Their Own?]

When keeping chickens, you’ll want to be aware of their sleeping tendencies and preferences. Not only will this help you with your own daily schedule and routine, but it will also ensure you align with the needs of your birds – keeping them happy, healthy, and safe. But what time …

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Do Chicken Coops Need Windows? [How Important Are They?]

Do Chicken Coops Need Windows? [How Important Are They?]

Whether you are looking at new coops, or contemplating constructing your own for your chickens, the topic of windows will certainly come up at some point. Do you need them? Are they considered a necessity and are there any benefits to having them? I spent some time researching to find …

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Can Chickens Eat Cabbage? [What The Research Says!]

Can Chickens Eat Cabbage? [What The Research Says!]

I must admit, I am personally not very fond of cabbage. Its that one vegetable that I’ve always left on my plate. But, passing them in the store the other day did get me thinking. Could I offer them to my chickens, would they like them, and would they be …

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Best Nest Boxes For Chickens [Buyers Guide For Keepers]

Best Nest Boxes For Chickens [Buyers Guide For Keepers]

Nest boxes serve an important role for both the chicken and the keeper. They are in many ways essential for successful egg-laying and collection. Nobody wants to find their eggs broken, nor do we have the time to regularly clean up the mess that can follow as a result. Besides, …

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How High Can Chickens Jump? [What About With Clipped Wings?]

How High Can Chickens Jump? [What About With Clipped Wings?]

Despite being birds, chickens are not known for their flying. Instead, these birds are predominantly ground bound. Unless you have seen the film ‘Chicken Run’, of course. But in reality, how limited are they? What about jumping? Specifically, how capable are they of getting up and off the ground and …

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Can Chickens Eat Asparagus? [Is This A Suitable Treat?]

Can Chickens Eat Asparagus? [Is This A Suitable Treat?]

Asparagus. It’s a bit of a strange vegetable isn’t it. Strange in shape and strange in name. But does it have a place in the diet of chickens? Can they safely eat it and is this something that you may want to proactively provide them? I spent some time researching …

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Can Chickens Eat Green Beans? [Is This Vegetable Safe?]

Can Chickens Eat Green Beans? [Is This Vegetable Safe?]

I was cooking some plain green beans the other day and upon serving, soon realized I’d done too many. It got me thinking. Could I provide the surplus to my chickens? Could they benefit my flock and is this something I could look to introduce to their diet going forward? …

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Can Chickens Eat Pears? [Can You Offer This Fruit?]

Can Chickens Eat Pears? [Can You Offer This Fruit Whole?]

I am fortunate enough to have a pear tree on my property. While it’s great for the family when in season and provides fruit, it got me to question whether or not these would make a good treat for my chickens. Are pears healthy for them, is there anything to …

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Do Chickens Need Food And Water At Night? [Or In The Coop?]

Do Chickens Need Food And Water At Night? [Or In The Coop?]

Keeping new chickens is certainly fun and games. There’s a lot to learn about caring for your birds. One common question that new keepers ask is whether or not they need to provide food and water for their flock during the night. Or, can these generally hardy birds do without …

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Can Chickens Eat Carrots? [Is This Vegetable A Good Scrap?]

Can Chickens Eat Carrots? [Is This Root Vegetable A Good Scrap?]

We always have leftover carrots. There’s just something about buying them; maybe its because they are so cheap, or because we buy them in big bags. I digress. But with my recent surplus of carrots, it got me thinking. Could I offer these as treats to my chickens? I have …

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When Do Chickens Stop Growing? [And How Big Do They Get?]

When Do Chickens Stop Growing? [And How Big Do They Get?]

A common question raised by chicken keepers is when they can expect their birds to stop growing. Besides, you need to prepare sufficient space for adult birds and get to work to ensure you have everything they need. But at what age can you expect a chick to reach their …

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Can Chickens Eat Cranberries? [Are They Are Healthy Treat?]

Can Chickens Eat Cranberries? [Are They Are Healthy Treat?]

When keeping chickens, part of the fun is coming up with new treats to offer them. But what about cranberries? Are they safe or even healthy for chickens? I spent some time researching the suitability of them in your flocks diet. I’ll be sharing all that I found here tody. …

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Do Owls Eat Chickens? [Are They A Risk To Your Flock?]

Do Owls Eat Chickens? [Are They A Risk To Your Flock?]

Owls may be somewhat cute; but they are birds of prey after all. They commonly reside in open landscapes where they can hunt their prey. Especially, if they have a place to nest – such as in a tree or in an outbuilding. But what about your chickens? Will they …

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Chicken vs Rooster [Are They The Same Or Are They Different?]

Chicken vs Rooster [Are They The Same Or Are They Different?]

Terminology is one of the most common areas of confusion that new chicken keepers often face. There are many terms that are used incorrectly, while others are used interchangeably. But what about chickens and roosters specifically. Are these the same thing, or are they in fact different types of bird? …

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Do Skunks Eat Chickens? [Will They Attack & Can They Kill?]

Do Skunks Eat Chickens? [Will They Attack & Can They Kill?]

As a chicken keeper, one of your primary concerns will be protecting your birds from predators. But what about skunks? Are these a threat and danger to your chickens? Will they actively seek out, attack kill or even eat them? I spent some time researching all about these wild animals …

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What To Do With A Dead Chicken? [What Are Your Options?]

What To Do With A Dead Chicken?[What Are Your Options?]

Chickens can die suddenly. Unfortunately, that is just the reality of keeping chickens and one that we keepers always need to be aware of and consider. If you have found yourself in the unfortunate position where one of your birds or several of your flock have died, then you’ll want …

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Do Minks Eat Chickens? [Are They A Danger To Your Flock?]

Do Minks Eat Chickens? [Are They A Danger To Your Flock?]

If you keep a flock of chickens and either live near water or have cited a mink, then naturally you may be wondering if they pose a danger to your birds. Are they a significant risk or are they less of a concern compared to other potential predators; such as …

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Do Badgers Eat Chickens? [Will They Try To Attack Your Flock]

Do Badgers Eat Chickens? [Will They Try To Attack Your Flock]

If you know that you have a local population and sett (group) of badgers in your area, then you may have some concerns about the well-being, comfort, and security of your chickens. But do badgers eat chickens if given the chance, or will they go out of their way to …

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Can Chickens Eat Elderberries? [They Can, But With A Catch]

Can Chickens Eat Elderberries? [They Can, But With A Catch]

Are you considering offering elderberries to your flock? Are they safe to feed to chickens? Perhaps you have some spare dried elderberries, or maybe even a tree that overhangs your yard/garden and drops into the reach of the coop? I spent some time researching their suitability in a chicken’s diet. …

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How To Keep Possums Away From Chickens [Steps You Can Take]

How To Keep Possums Away From Chickens [Steps You Can Take]

If you keep a flock of chickens, then one thing you are going to need to think about is predators. Now, depending on where you live, the types and kinds of predators may vary and each brings about their only level of threat, complications, and the considerations you will need …

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Can Chickens Eat Olives? [Are They Healthy For Your Flock Too?]

Can Chickens Eat Olives? [Are They Healthy For Your Flock Too?]

Olives are recognized and routinely cited as being one of the healthiest foods you can consume. But can your chickens also benefit by eating them? Should they, or is there anything in which a chicken keeper must be aware before they attempt to offer them? I decided to research the …

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Can Chickens Eat Figs? [Is This Fruit A Healthy Treat?]

Can Chickens Eat Figs? [Is This Fruit A Healthy Treat?]

Figs are interesting, small, and sweet fruits that grow on trees all around the world. Chicken keepers, especially those with fig trees on their property often wonder whether their chickens can safely consume them. I wondered the same, so spent some time researching their suitability in the diet of these …

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Can Chickens Eat Cantaloupe? [Is This Melon A Healthy Treat?]

Can Chickens Eat Cantaloupe? [Is This Melon A Healthy Treat?]

If you own a flock of chickens, then you will naturally wonder what other kinds of foods they can eat outside of their pelleted feed. But what about cantaloupe? Is this specific type of melon safe to offer, healthy, or even something that you can look to provide? I spent …

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Can Chickens Eat Kiwi? [Is This Fruit Healthy Or Even Safe?]

Can Chickens Eat Kiwi? [Is This Fruit Healthy Or Even Safe?]

Part of keeping a flock of chickens typically involves offering treats and scraps. A number and range of grains, vegetables, and fruits can be included; but what about kiwi? Is this something you can look to offer and are there any benefits in doing so for your flock? What about …

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Can Turkeys Eat Chicken Feed? [Or Should They Eat Differently?]

Can Turkeys Eat Chicken Feed? [Or Should They Eat Differently?]

If you currently keep, or plan to keep both turkeys and chickens, you may have some questions about their diets. More specifically, you may be wondering whether turkeys can eat chicken feed and vice versa. Of course this would be more practical and economical but is it healthy for either …

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Can Chickens Eat Kale? [Should You Feed This Vegetable?]

Can Chickens Eat Kale? [Should You Feed This Vegetable?]

If you own a flock of chickens then you will often consider the foods which you can offer. Some vegetables make a great addition to the diet, whereas others can be harmful, toxic, or are not typically enjoyed by these birds. But what about Kale? Is this a safe and …

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Can Chickens Eat Beets? [Is This Vegetable Safe & Healthy?]

Can Chickens Eat Beets? [Is This Vegetable Safe & Healthy?]

Beets, or beetroot as they are also known, are usually a beautifully colored and vibrant purple. A root vegetable that is very versatile and served in many dishes. Beets are also recognized for their nutrition, laden with essential vitamins and minerals that go a long way to serving the health …

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Can Chickens Eat Dandelions? [Is This Weed Safe Or Toxic?]

Can Chickens Eat Dandelions? [Is This Weed Safe Or Toxic?]

Chickens that are allowed to free-range have a lot more control over what they eat. These birds are known for being keen foragers and are happy and willing to eat most things they come across, even if it is not always in their best interests. For the most part, enabling …

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Can Chickens Eat Garlic? [Is This Herb Healthy Or Dangerous?]

Can Chickens Eat Garlic? [Is This Herb Healthy Or Dangerous?]

Chickens are relatively easy to feed. Many of the uneaten food scraps that you leave behind after a meal, make excellent treats for your birds. Thankfully, chickens are omnivores, and many of the foods humans eat, chickens can also eat. By the same token, foods that are unhealthy for humans …

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Can Chickens Eat Dog Food? [Is Dog Food Healthy For Hens?]

Can Chickens Eat Dog Food? [Is Dog Food Healthy For Hens?]

Dog food. Is it safe, or even beneficial to feed your chickens? Besides, it’s often a well-balanced protein rich food, and it could make your life a lot more practical (and perhaps even more affordable). But is it a good idea? Well, after careful examination of scientific research and expert …

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Can Chickens Eat Peas? [Can You Even Feed Them Frozen?]

Can Chickens Eat Peas? [Can You Even Feed Them Frozen?]

Chickens are tough birds that enjoy most foods; they are, after all, omnivores. Still, as a chicken keeper, you want to ensure that your birds are healthy, well-fed, and naturally, you will have lots of questions concerning nutrition. But what about peas? Can you feed these small green legumes to …

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Can Chickens Eat Cauliflower? [Is This Veg A Safe Scrap?]

Can Chickens Eat Cauliflower? Is This Veg A Safe Scrap?]

Feeding your chickens a healthy balance of nutritious foods is undoubtedly key to ensuring their optimal health and well-being. Naturally, there may be some questions about what foods can be offered to chickens as part of their diet, including some of the more common vegetables. But what about cauliflower? Is …

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