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Since we were founded, we’ve been working to help our animals reach their full potential. And if it works for us, we know it’ll work for you, too.

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Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

Questions to ask when picking up new chicks

 
Patrick Biggs, Ph.D

Chicken Coop Design Options

 
 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Reasons To Have A Backyard Flock

 
Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

Steps on How to Start Raising Chickens

Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

Baby Chick Care: What to Do Once They Arrive

 
Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

Can I Raise Backyard Chickens in My Area?

 
 
Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

Building Chicken Coops

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

2-3 Week Old Chicks

Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Adjust Nutrients in Chicken Feed as Birds Grow

 
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

How to Introduce New Chickens to Your Flock

 
 
Patrick Biggs, Ph.D

Your Guide to Strong Eggshells

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

4-5 Week Old Chicks

Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

6 Week Old Chicks

 

Amplify Omega-3 Fatty Acids in your Diet with Fre...

 
 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

How to Start Raising Chickens: Start Your Backyar...

 
Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

The Magic Behind Farm Fresh Eggs

When Will My Chickens Lay Eggs?

 
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Treats & Snacks: Are They Good for My Hens?

 
 
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

3 Tips to Help your Hens Produce Quality Eggs

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

3 - 7 Month Chickens

Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Keep your Backyard Flock Cool, Calm and Comfortable

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Bird Species for Backyard Flocks

 
 
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Chick “Pasting Up”

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Chicken Coloring Pages for Kids

Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Choosing The Right Bird

 
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Considerations for Keeping a Rooster

 
 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Considering A Backyard Flock?

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Egg Nutritional Facts

Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Egg Production and Gathering

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Egg Recipes

 
 
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Good Nutrition is Key to a Healthy and Productive...

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Healthy Chickens Mean Wholesome Eggs

Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

How to Hatch Eggs

 
Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

How to Keep Chickens Healthy

 
 
Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

Keep your Bird’s Digestive System Healthy

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Keeping A Healthy Flock

New Oyster Strong™ System for Strong Shells...

 
Gordon Ballam, Ph.D.

Non-medicated vs. Medicated Chick Starter Feeds

 
 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Preparing a Space for Your Backyard Chicks

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Purina Egg Carton Labels

Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Selecting The Right Chicken Feed

 
Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

Sexing Chicks

 
 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Why Homegrown Eggs Are Better

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Your Chickens’ New Home

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Is it necessary to wash the eggs after gathering them?  
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Why should eggs be gathered so frequently?  
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How do hens’ diets affect egg quality?  
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How can a poor diet affect the ability of hens to produce quality eggs?  
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How can feeding Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 affect hen health and egg quality?  
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What are some of the nutritional benefits of eggs?  
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How can feeding Purina® Layena® Plus Omega-3 feed affect hen health and egg quality?  
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What type of shelter do I need to provide for my chicks?  
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What do I need to do to prepare for the arrival of my chicks?  
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Is there a certain type of chicken feed I should use?  
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How do I keep my chicks warm?  
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What breed or breeds of chickens should I choose for my backyard flock?  
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When will hens begin laying eggs?  
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 GLOSSARY OF TERMS 

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phrases used in animal nutrition and management.

  • ABA
  • Angel-wing
  • APA
  • Bantam
  • Barring
  • Body-checked egg
  • Brooder
  • Broody
  • Candida
  • Candling
  • Capon
  • Chalaza
  • Chick
  • Clutch
  • Cock
  • Cockerel
  • Comb
  • Coop
  • Crop
  • Crumbles
  • Cuticle
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Down
  • Drake
  • Egg tooth
  • Fertilized egg
  • Fowl pox
  • Free-range
  • fryer
  • Gizzard (Poultry)
  • Grit
  • Hen
  • Incubation
  • Incubator
  • Keel
  • Lice
  • Marek's disease
  • Mealworms
  • Medicated feed
  • Mite
  • Molt (Poultry)
  • Necropsy
  • Nest box
  • Oil sac
  • Omphalitis
  • Oyster shell
  • Parasitical worms
  • Pasty butt
  • Pecking order
  • Perch
  • Perosis
  • Pimples
  • Pipping
  • Plumage
  • Poultry
  • Primary feather
  • Prolapse
  • Pullet
  • Pullorum
  • Rales
  • Roaster
  • Roost
  • Rooster
  • Saddle
  • Scratch
  • Sexing
  • Shank
  • Shell gland
  • Spent hen
  • Spike
  • Spur
  • Straight Run
  • Tractor coop
  • Vent
  • Vitelline
  • Waterfowl
  • Wattle
  • Yolk