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How to Prepare Your Flock for Molt

Learn how to prepare your flock for molt with Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Nutrena. When you’re raising backyard chickens you need to prepare for molt. Dropping feathers and a drop in egg production are part of the natural molting process. There are a few ways you can help your flock prepare for molt. Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Nutrena are here to help. Start Early If your coop is(…)

Care Tips For Baby Chicks

Use these care tips for baby chicks from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. As with any baby, chicks require the proper nurturing and care to grow up healthy and strong. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn about what your backyard chicks will need for food, water and shelter. Whether you’re raising baby chicks for egg-laying, FFA or 4H, here are some simple tips for getting started.(…)

Putting Chickens to Work in Your Garden

Let your chickens do the work with these tips from Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Creating new vegetable garden space from an area of lawn is often hard work. Advice is often to spray the lawn area with herbicide, let the lawn die, spade the dead grass deeply or remove it, and then soften the soil and plant seeds. That involves lots of work and the use of herbicides(…)

Are Your Chicks Ready to Leave the Brooder?

Find out when it’s time for your chicks to leave the brooder with Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. It seems like just yesterday you were bringing home your baby chicks. The little, fluffy chicks are growing to be “teenage” birds, otherwise known as pullets. Pullets are curious about the world outside the brooder. They’ll want to try out their new feathers by attempting to take flight. It’s important to(…)

Chick Chat at Blain’s Farm & Fleet of Rockton, Illinois

Customers at Blain’s Farm & Fleet of Rockton, Ill. were able to talk about chickens with Nutrena expert Twain Lockhart. Lockhart gave guests tips on raising chickens, and finding the best breeds to raise in the Midwest.

Caring For Your Flock In Extreme Cold

Learn how to care for your chickens in extreme cold with Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you live in the Midwest, you know that temperatures can plummet at the drop of a hat. When the extreme cold hits there are a few things you need to do to keep your chickens safe and comfortable. With the help of Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn how(…)

The Importance of Water For Your Flock

Learn about the importance of water for your flock with Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Keeping your flock of chickens hydrated is a must. It’s essential for egg production, digestion and regulating body heat. On scorching summer days hens, because they are unable to sweat, spread their wings and pant. Water evaporates from their mouths and throats, cooling their bodies. However, that water must be replaced by frequent drinks(…)

Which Chickens are Best for Egg Production?

Find out which chickens are best for laying eggs. If you’re thinking about raising backyard chickens, you have to know which breeds will suit your needs. If egg production¬†is your goal, you need to know that some breeds are better than others. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn which chickens are best for egg production. We break down the breeds by rating their egg production(…)

Predator Proofing Your Chicken Coop

Learn how to predator-proof your chicken coop. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Nutrena Poultry Specialist Twain Lockhart, you can learn how to predator-proof your chicken coop. From coyotes to raccoons, there are plenty of wild animals that want to feast on your flock. There are a few simple precautions and safety measures you can take to protect your birds. Common Predators Common chicken coop predators are(…)

Care and Feeding of Meatbirds

Learn about the basics of feeding and caring for meatbirds. With the help of Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn how to feed and care for your meatbirds. You’ll know which birds are best for meat production and what they need to have a successful growth rate. In addition to the meatbirds listed below, you can also find out which chickens are best for meat production with(…)

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