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Backyard Poultry February/March 2021
December 30, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry February/March 2021 — 16/1 is in homes January 14th, but digital subscribers and All-Access Members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on lunar New Year celebrations, how Covid-19 affected chicken owners last year, plants toxic to chickens, and treating common chick ailments.

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Alternatives to Culling Chickens
January 15, 2021 · · Feed & Health

My oldest chicken is eight years old. She still manages to pop out a handful of eggs a year, but they’re usually wrinkled and a bit misshapen with thin shells. She certainly isn’t winning any awards for egg production and we can’t rely on her for breakfast any longer!

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Pecking Away at Climate Change
January 14, 2021 · · Feed & Health

The three climate issues that affect chickens’ welfare are temperature, humidity, and insect availability for foraging, especially for free-range chickens. Climate change has become a priority on the homestead.

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All About Araucana Chickens

The Araucana chicken has some bizarre features; they are rumpless and have ear tufts. Oh yes, and they lay blue eggs. These rumpless birds are missing more than just tail feathers; they are missing the entire coccyx.

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The Scoop on Using Prebiotics and Probiotics for Chickens
January 12, 2021 · · Feed & Health

When chicken keepers get their birds, they often wonder what to feed chickens. It’s probably the first question most newcomers ask.

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The Truth About Mycoplasma and Chickens
January 11, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Mycoplasma — it’s the word you never want to hear when it comes to your chicken flock. Yet, it’s probably the ailment you need to learn about the most since it affects flocks all across the world.

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The Realities of Guinea Fowl Care

Owning guinea fowl can be uplifting … or cause problems with the neighbors!

When an old friend, Roy Miller, invited us to camp on his field in Lincolnshire, he didn’t mention the bird life, so it was an unexpected delight to be greeted by a flock of guinea fowl on arrival.

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Meet the Top 15 Best Brown Egg Layers
December 31, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Brown egg laying hens consistently appear on best egg layer lists and can be the backbone of a productive backyard flock, many laying more than 200 eggs …

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Call Ducks
December 30, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Originally, Call ducks were decoy birds whose loud call attracted wild birds down where hunters could shoot them. As duck hunting has declined in popularity, Call breeders found a new way to keep the breed alive. They kept them cute.

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Counting Chicks

Chickens capable of doing even basic math? The idea seems absurd, yet, recent research suggests that they may indeed be capable of this. Read on to find out more about the numerical abilities discovered in chickens. 

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