FEATHER SEXING CHICKENS - Very good photographic guide on how to feather sex baby chicks. Pullets (female) will have their top feathers shorter then the bottom. Cockerels (male) bottom and top feathers will be the same, or the top will be longer.
Boredom Busters for Chickens tasty nibbles of wheat, seeds, fruit and molasses (hence you will find it is sticky to touch). Molasses were used in poultry feed in days gone by, and is said to help the hens digestion.
To show Erin: Use these simple plans to construct your own incredibly versatile brooder box. You can set it up to house a broody hen or to raise mail-order chicks, you can use it inside or outdoors, and — best of all — you can build it on the “cheep.
Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a place to jump to before entering the nest box. Also a lip is added to the front of the nesting box to keep the bedding material and/or eggs from being pushed out.