Here are some helpful hints about The Chicken Network and general information on backyard chicken keeping:
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Shipping of Point of Lay Hens:
- All hens purchased through The Chicken Network are shipped with the health and safety of the hens in mind.
- The hens are shipped with fruit as food and water.
- Hens will be shipped to your post office and will need to be picked up from your post office on the day of delivery.
- We guarantee live arrival.
General information on backyard chicken keeping:
- Are farm fresh eggs healthier than standard store eggs? Jennifer Trainer Thompson, author of "The Fresh Egg Cookbook: From Chicken to Kitchen, Recipes for Using Eggs from Farmers' Markets, Local Farms, and Your Own Backyard", published by Storey Publishing, says that an egg's nutrition contains protein second to a mother's milk. Your backyard chicken eggs also contain 9 essential amino acids and 13 essential vitamins! Each eggs has a low fat content of only 5 grams plus an egg is one of the few foods that contain natural Vitamin D! Natural Vitamin D, according to Wikipedia, is claimed to have benefits including promotion of good bone health, anti-cancer properties, and more! A Mother Earth News study posted results from farm fresh eggs being more healthy than confined factory farms hens to include: 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, 7 times more bata carotene.
- Do I need to have a rooster in order for my chicken to lay eggs? No. A rooster is only required if you want fertilized eggs which become chicks.
- Do hens make much noise? No. Your hens will make some noise but will not crow like roosters. Roosters will crow all day long.
- How many years does a hen lay eggs for? Chickens have their highest egg production during the first three years of their life. After that the number of eggs laid per week will decrease. Some chickens have been known to still lay 1 egg per week at the age of seven.
- I'm going out of town for three days, will my hens and eggs be ok? Absolutely! Just make sure their food and water is full when you leave. You can gather the eggs when you return. It's ultimately best to ask a friend or neighbor to check on their food and water while you are out of town. Don't forget to have them pull the eggs for you!
- Should I wash the eggs? Eggs should only be washed just before cooking. The hens leave a natural protective coating on the eggs to keep them fresh. Eggs can last for weeks without refrigeration as long as you don't wash them. We always recommend the water test to tell if your eggs are good or bad.
- How can I check to see if the eggs are good before I crack them open? All you need to do is a water test. Fill a container with water and place the egg in it. If the egg sinks it's a good egg. If it floats all the way to the top it's probably a spoiled egg so please discard.
- Will dogs or cats hurt my chickens? We have never had a chicken hurt from a stray alley cat. It is highly unlikely that a cat will hurt a chicken. Usually the cats are more scared of the chickens. You'll want to introduce your pup to your new hens like you would introduce him/her to a new pup - gradually and on a leash with the hens in the coop.
- What about raccoons, coyotes, hawks, owls, or other predators? We know that your hens are part of your family. We do the very best to provide the safest coop possible for the birds. We like to say our coops are predator resistant and not predator proof. If a predator is determined they maybe able to get into the coop.
- Can I free range my hens? We recommend supervised free range time so that you deter predators. In addition the coop has an attached run which allows the hens to have the feeling of free ranging as you move the coop through your yard, but with the protection of the attached run. If you always put your hens back into the coop when you're ready to leave the yard, you will never forget to put them back in at night time. The highest loss of chickens is at night when they are not locked back into their coop.