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    Backyard Chicken Recommendations: A Word Of Caution Infographic

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    Backyard Chicken Recommendations: A Word Of Caution by Tara Hess

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    Title: Backyard Chicken Recommendations: A Word Of Caution

    Section 1 Heading: Chickens are not easier or less expensive to care for than mammals

    Text: If you find a source that suggests chickens are easy or inexpensive to care for, you should be highly suspicious of the quality of information they provide, especially regarding proper care practices.

    Image: A person stands next to a small rooster and suspiciously looks at the text described above. A thought bubble reads “Nice try…”

    Section 2 Heading: Chickens need veterinary care

    Text: Chickens, like any other resident at a sanctuary, need to have access to appropriate veterinary care (not any vet will do – chickens need vets trained in avian medicine). Seeking out DIY treatments rather than appropriate veterinary care is unacceptable.

    Image: A vet smiles and waves while two chickens stand at his feet. 

    Section 3 Heading: Predator attacks are not inevitable

    Text: Some sources act as if losing chickens to predation is an inevitable part of caring for chickens, but with proper fencing and housing (and routine maintenance), you can keep your residents safe.

    Image: A fox stands outside a tall, solid fence.

    Section 4 Heading: Chickens need protection from the cold

    Text: Many sources suggest that “cold hardy” breeds do not need more than a basic shelter in order to stay warm, but all chickens are vulnerable to frostbite and require protection from the cold. In some climates, you will need to use a safe heat source.

    Image: Two chickens, one white and one red, stand in front of a heater.

    Section 5 Heading: Cornish crosses can live long, happy lives

    Text: With proper care, Cornish crosses can live many years, but many sources suggest otherwise. Experienced compassionate caregivers will be your best resource for large breed chicken care info.

    Image: A large white Cornish cross stands in front of a birthday cake with a candle in the shape of a seven. A “Happy Birthday” sign hangs above them.

    Text At Bottom Of Infographic: Learn more about compassionate chicken care at

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