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Whether you’re a chicken-keeping newbie or a veteran, ordering chicks can be an effective way to build your flock. Hatcheries located around the country have developed the art and science of hatching, sexing and shipping chicks safely to your door.

Hatcheries are not perfect, though. Female chicks are more in demand than males, so a surplus of would-be roosters always exists. If you aim to raise meat birds and order either broilers or heritage birds from hatcheries, consider getting all roosters so you can raise them harmoniously together and give them a good life until harvest time. Most chicken-keepers, however, order female chicks to become laying hens for egg-producing flocks. This article is written with them in mind.

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This handy guide will have you off to the races raising chicks in no time.
Set up your brooder wisely to transition your tiny chicks into productive members of your flock.
A coop on wheels keeps your fields and flock in good relations while keeping you in pasture-raised eggs.
People share what they wish they had known before getting chickens and the mistakes they hope they can save you from making.
When my chickens include me in a game of follow-the-weeder, everyone wins.
Name tags, aka leg bands, let you know which hen is which, for several good reasons.
It’s that time of year again: our annual photo contest!
A pet photographer in Virginia shows that her profession is for more than dog and cat owners.
Bring the chickens inside with rooster, hen and chic(k) décor.
by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University
The questions are asked in the rapid-fire curiosity
Email us an image of your chicken(s) to chickens@chickensmagazine.com
This vegetable-and-egg casserole provides an easy option