The nation’s flock of egg-laying hens is at its smallest since 2004 thanks to the massive outbreak of avian influenza this spring.
While it's normal for chickens to take a break from laying this time of year, there are other factors that may be reducing the number of eggs you're getting.
Chickens give backyard farmers more than just eggs and meat. Three experts talk about how they help in the garden with fertilizing, tilling and pest control.
Before you invest in chickens for your backyard farm, consider what you want to get from them: eggs or meat?