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My husband was especially thrilled.

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Growing up in a bustling New Jersey city just a 30 minute train ride from Manhattan, his backyard was a by foot concrete slab, and his garden was a pot of flowers on the front stoop. As far as he was concerned, we were living in the country. Which is why, late one summer evening, he proposed to me the idea of getting backyard chickens.

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It would be so much fun, he said. I was not convinced. When I have a hen who is unproductive for more than four months out of the year, I cull her. That is of course unless she is special.

1. The Origin of Backyard Hens

Before a hen begins to lay, you will see a yellow color around her vent, eyes and earlobes. After she has been laying for a few months, the yellow in these and her beak will fade slightly. After about six months of laying eggs, her feet, toes, claws and shanks will also fade. When she quits laying, you will see the color come back to these. This is kind of interesting to me since the bright color of her cone and wattles is a surefire sign that she is laying or about to. When she stops laying she will turn pale pink. It seems just the opposite from her other body parts.

Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens

These types of deformed chicken eggs usually happen in a chicken that is just beginning to lay. Be sure to not eat this egg. You can give it to your dogs or hogs, but not to humans.

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Another big abnormality is the double yolk eggs. This photo was taken a long time ago.

10 Tips for Keeping Backyard Chickens

The double yolked egg is just an egg that has developed two yolks. Kinda like it wanted to be twins! This egg is perfectly safe to eat. Your eggs may be weirdly shaped. You may have an outcropping on your eggshell. This is just a little extra deposit of calcium like you can see in this photo.

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Deciding why you want chickens at the start will also allow you to properly set up your backyard for the appropriate number and types of chickens. Next up is water. In my experience the single most important thing needed to keep your backyard chickens healthy is fresh and clean water.

The key here is making sure each day the water is changed so it is fresh. If you leave your chickens without water for any period of time it can significantly impact their egg laying and throw them off for a week or two. Behind water is food.

You can use a high quality layers pellet; this should make up the core of their diet. You can give them the occasional treats from time to time e. The pellets contain all the key macro nutrients, vitamins and minerals a hen needs to be healthy and lay eggs.