Do Possums Eat Chickens? 10 Tips to Protect Your Flock

Do Possums Eat Chickens? 10 Tips to Protect Your Flock

Possums are the ultimate opportunists of the backyard. They won’t turn down an easy meal, including a chicken coop raid at night. Possums do eat chickens, although full-grown chickens are generally safe. They will prey on weak, small hens, as…

Does It Hurt Chickens to Lay Eggs?

Does It Hurt Chickens to Lay Eggs?

It sounds like my hens are being tortured. The shrill cries, cackles, and shrieks they make when laying an egg are enough to have the neighbors making noise complaints or, on a particularly bad day, reporting a suspected murder. The…

Can Chickens Eat Timothy Hay? No… Here’s Why.

Can Chickens Eat Timothy Hay? No… Here’s Why.

Can chickens eat timothy hay? Well yes, they can, but it’s best if they don’t. Timothy hay can cause crop impaction (more on this later), as can other long-stemmed hay. My chickens love having yummy alfalfa to munch on, especially…

How to Keep Chickens Warm In Winter Without Electricity

How to Keep Chickens Warm In Winter Without Electricity

After a surprisingly mild October, temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere are now plummeting, and it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your chickens warm in winter, ideally without electricity. To keep chickens warm in winter without electricity, you…