Hi everyone, welcome to our virtual meeting!
General instructions: we will use the comments section below to “talk” and discuss what we will be learning today. The first time you try and leave a comment, it will ask for an email and a name. It won’t publish the email, but it will show your name, so use a first name only, or with a last initial like “Luke” or “Luke B.”.
As for what we will be learning, look below. I’ll list questions for you to research and a few links to get you started. Use the comments to share your thoughts and research, or anything else that comes to mind.
List of Research Questions
- What is molting and why in the world do chickens do this? Is it like reptiles molting?
Note: think about the trustworthiness of the websites you are visiting? Should you trust a university website over a blogger? How can you tell if the blog is by someone who really knows about chickens? And do you think the Backyard Chickens website is better than the MSU (Michigan State University) site, since it is many, many chickens owners sharing their knowledge and experience?
2. What should owners do when their chickens are molting?
3. How are eggs made and laid? An investigation into one of the most versatile and beloved foods in the world, and what can go wrong with the process.
Note: this site is for Backyard Poultry Magazine, a magazine that we’ve subscribed to for years, and is trustworthy and well done. It is sometimes best to find 2-3 websites that you trust on a subject and always start there for information before looking on Google.
Here’s a nice introductory video:
What can go wrong with egg production?
Can you find other good websites or articles, or videos? Share what you find below in comments.
4. How do owners ensure healthy egg production in their chickens?
Some of the links above will have more information about how to prevent egg binding, but feel free to do your own research too.
5. What do chickens really need in a coop? What are some examples? What is the bare minimum and easy to make coop?
Let’s change tacks and think about how to build a safe and appropriate coop for chickens. Where do you start? Find 2-3 articles that have dependable information and could be helpful for a new chicken owner.
6. What does it mean to do showmanship at the Alameda County Fair? What are the rules? How do you practice with your hen?
It can be hard to read a manual about showmanship and understand what is exactly involved in doing showmanship with your hen, so I found some videos with 4-H members showing their chickens:
Were these helpful? Can you find other helpful videos or resources? Share below!