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5 Questions to Ask Before Getting Chickens

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There is a lot of interest in chicken keeping these days. With the cost of food skyrocketing, chickens can be a huge benefit to you and your family, even if you have no plans to eat them.

They provide fresh, organic eggs. They even provide natural pest control, can help rid a garden of parasites (but watch your produce!) and they can be very affectionate! 

Not only that, they are hilarious to watch each day. Chickens each have their own personalities and watching these birds get into things (that they're usually not supposed to get into), explore the yard and pens, and just watching the ways they interact with one another can keep you entertained for hours. 

But, before you jump into chicken-keeping full-time, ask yourself these five questions... 

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“The Chicken Chronicles” by Alice Walker

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The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who Have Returned with My Memories: Glorious, Rufus, Gertrude Stein, Splendor, Hortensia, Agnes of God, the Gladyses, & Babe: A Memoir
by Alice Walker
c. 2012, New Press, 208 pages
$16.95 hardcover / $12.37 paperback / $9.32 ebook

People call you a “Dog Person” and you kind of like that.

It’s no reflection on you, personally, of course. That moniker just says to the world that you have a love for anything canine, that you probably have a few pups of your own, and that you’ve never known a dog you didn’t like. You probably also know a lot of other Dog People and maybe a few Cat People and Horse People, too.

Author Alice Walker would never cotton to anything so commonplace. No, Walker is a Chicken Person, and in her new memoir “The Chicken Chronicles”, she writes about her newfound friends and what they taught her about life.

Alice Walker had never seen a chicken before.

But, of course, she had. As a child growing up in Georgia, it was her responsibility to chase down Sunday dinner. She’d collected plenty of eggs in her lifetime, too; some for food and some for music lessons.

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10 Steps for Keeping Your Birds Toys Clean

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If you're new to bird-keeping, you may not know how important it is to keep your birds toys clean. This is a very basic "how to" list for keeping your birds toys free from diseases that may be transferred to other birds (or you) and ensuring your bird's cage is kept as sanitary as possible.

Keeping bird toys clean and sanitary can be a challenge as they come in so many different types and sizes. However, it’s very important to keep them clean since your bird often has so much beak contact with them. 

Birds are well known for being the most sensitive animals of the animal kingdom. They are highly sensitive to cleaning supplies, and in some cases, cleaning solutions can be toxic to birds. We suggest you move your birds to a new cage while you embark upon cleaning their current home. 

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4 Ways To Keep Your Bird From Getting Bored

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Birds are highly intelligent creatures and that means, just like humans, they can bore easily. A bird who is bored is far more likely to develop behavior problems, health problems and many other maladies that are not only bad for your bird, but for anyone living with the bird. 

This is why it’s so important to keep your bird active, even when they’re in a cage. Giving your bird plenty of time outside of its cage is very important too, but when you have them locked up during the day, these toys can bring a quality to his life that will make him feel much more loving towards you.

Here are four ways you can keep your pet birds from being bored while in the cage (and even when they're out of the cage).

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5 Ways to Help Birds in Winter

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We're looking at ways that we can help our feathered friends during winter. 

In case you didn't know, birds serve as a sort of "barometer" of our planet's health, particularly when it comes to measuring the health of a specific ecosystem. And let me tell you, the news is not exactly encouraging. Nearly 12 percent of the world's 9,800 species are facing extinction in the next century. 

We want to help birds and we know you do too. So we've come up with a list that we hope you'll share with others on how you can help birds in winter. Here are five simple ways! 

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  • "The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing."
    Eric Berne
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