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Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Chicken T.V.- Starring Roles

Peering up for some snuggles, Oyster Cracker’s loving gaze is captured.

If you are like me, you spend a great deal of time watching your backyard flock.  On nice days and even on not so nice days, you can typically find me out in the gardens working, weeding, mulching or just plain procrastinating by the chicken coop.  This is one of my favorite ways to pass the time since they arrived on our doorstep. I likened it to watching chicken t.v.  Though, I have noticed over time that most girls in the flock have a distinct role.

Chickens Health Issues

How to Trim A Chicken’s Toenails

All toenails, beaks and feathers are made from a protein called keratin. When chickens are allowed to be out and about to scratch in the dirt and explore, they do a good job at keeping their nails and beaks nice and trim. However from time to time it is not unlikely that your chickens’ toenails and beak will require a little maintenance. For example, our Silkies frequently need their fifth toenail trimmed as it never touches the ground. Keeping the nails from overgrowing is very important for overall general foot health, the ability to walk and the ability to hold the foot in a normal position. Trimming your roosters’ spurs and toenails can also help to keep them from digging their nails into the backs of your hens. Cutting the toenails is relatively easy to do and takes only a matter of a few minutes per chicken.