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Backyard Poultry August/September 2019
July 10, 2019 . · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry August/September 2019 • 14/4 is NOW AVAILABLE! Subscribe for stories on Coolest Coops, making a chicken swing, using the deep litter method, and the APA flock inspection program.

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Reilly Chicken Tenders
July 17, 2019 . · Chickens 101

A second grade ESL teacher in Texas recently became my childhood hero. Last spring at Margaret Reilly Elementary School, Kerriann Duffy overheard a couple of staff members deciding what to do with an old incubator that they had stumbled across while cleaning out a storage shed on campus. She offered to take the machine and asked if anyone minded her incubating a few eggs.

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A Hard Lesson Learned in Caring For Baby Chicks
July 15, 2019 . · Chickens 101

We learned a painful lesson in caring for baby chicks, and I’m hesitant to tell this, because I know some will condemn me. They’ll call me irresponsible, a bad parent. The …

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Are Water Cups as Magical as Pinterest Claims?

by Kim Ellsworth I have one hen who insists on putting her poop encrusted feet inside every food and water bowl I give her.  Her name is Punky Brewster, after …

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How to Cut a Whole Chicken into 11 Pieces
July 14, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

I titled this article “How to Cut a Whole Chicken into 11 Pieces.” Perhaps a better title would be “How I Cut a Whole Chicken into 11 Pieces.” This is …

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4 Lessons Learned Raising Meat Chickens
July 14, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

I knew this already; I grew up on a farm. I’ve seen Food, Inc. and read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I know the difference between raising egg layers, dual-purpose chickens, and …

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Differences Between Geese vs. Ducks and Other Poultry

Question some people and they may have a more difficult time distinguishing the difference between geese vs. ducks. But all of these birds actually contrast in more ways than in just their aesthetic traits.

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Breed Profile: Breda Chicken
July 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

The Breda chicken is a unique dual-purpose heritage breed from the Netherlands, with striking looks and adorable temperament. Recently, it has become an endangered rare breed.

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What’s the Best Bedding for Chickens?

What is the best bedding for chickens? Should you choose pine shavings or straw? And what else can keep chicken nesting boxes fresh? 

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Spontaneous Sex Reversal – Is That My Hen Crowing?!
July 12, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Have you heard a hen crowing when you know you don’t keep roosters? Jeff Goldblum’s groovy scientist character in the 1993 blockbuster, “Jurassic Park,” comments that “life finds a way” …

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How to Avoid Chicken Feed Storage Mistakes
July 12, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Chicken feed storage is not something that many of us put much thought into. We’re usually more concerned about coop design, predator control, and keeping our birds healthy. As important …

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