Why You Should Choose Kalmbach® Chicken Feeds

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Keeping backyard chickens is a wonderful experience.  The health and productivity of our birds is often our top priority.  Handing a carton of beautiful fresh eggs to our family, friends, and neighbors is often our proudest moment as backyard chicken keepers.  It’s our best way of saying, “We care and we love our birds!” One […]

Complete Beginners’ Guide to Raising Chickens

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Learn everything you need to know about starting your first chicken coop!  In this article, you’ll learn about planning a chicken coop, choosing a flock, and caring for your birds.  There are a lot of moving parts that go into raising a happy, healthy, productive flock of hens. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all […]

Proven Ways to Help Your Chickens Lay More Eggs

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Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to help your laying chickens produce more eggs?  The answer to that question isn’t as black and white as you may think.  Yes, there are management practices and feed choices that can help your birds maximize their genetic potential.  However, there is no magic button that turns on […]

What Causes Thin-Shelled Eggs?

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Backyard poultry keepers have sure become popular lately!  With the demand for our eggs increasing and spring right around the corner, it’s only logical that we are looking forward to increased egg production very soon.  If you have had backyard chickens or ducks for a few years now, you may have occasionally had problems with […]

Do I Need to Change Feeds in the Winter?

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It is perfectly natural for your laying hens to significantly decrease or completely stop laying eggs in the winter.  Since these birds are not producing, you may wonder if you need to switch feeds during this time.  In this article, we are going to discuss some various reasons why you may or may not want […]

Rooster Nutrition – It Isn’t All About the Hens

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What Do I Feed My Rooster? It wasn’t very long ago that the primary focus of most poultry flocks, including backyard flocks, was the egg!  To maximize egg production, we focused heavily on hen nutrition.  If your flock had a rooster, his specific nutrient needs probably weren’t top priority and he was usually fed the […]

Are Essential Oils Good for Chickens?

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Whether you are new on your poultry-keeping journey or you have been keeping birds for decades, raising backyard chickens can bring so much enjoyment and reward to your life.  As backyard poultry keepers, feeding our chickens can be as easy or as in-depth as we choose.  With so many options on the market today, it […]

Do I Need to Heat My Coop in the Winter?

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With the fall season in full swing, many of us are getting ready for the cold winter months. I am often asked about heating coops in the winter. Long story, short – I personally do not heat my coop in the winter and I generally do not recommend heating coops in the winter. Let’s talk […]

Can Chickens Eat Fish? The Complete Guide

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Are you looking to add protein, calcium, and other nutrients to your flock’s feed? This article has everything you need to know about feeding fish to your chickens.  In this article, you’ll learn the benefits and risks of feeding fish to your chickens, the best and worst species to feed, and how to safely prepare […]

7 Items to Include in Your Chicken First-Aid Kit

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Keeping chickens is a wonderful practice, and the entertainment that they provide is priceless. The vast majority of the time, keeping chickens is pretty easy. When provided with a good quality, complete feed and access to a safe and dry coop, they are generally very easy keepers. However, anytime that you are keeping live animals, […]