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Backyard Poultry June/July 2022
April 25, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry June/July 2022 — 17/3 is in homes May 12th but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on Avian Flu 2022, summer pests in chickens, improving a home egg business, and Swedish Flower Hens. PLUS: Erminettes, a breed previously thought to be lost!

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Bird Flu 2022: What You Should Know
February 23, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Highly lethal and easily transmitted, this particular strain of influenza can cause severe illness, especially in chicken and turkey flocks. The resulting mortality losses can reach 75 to 100% within days.

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Fall Poultry Giveaway
January 24, 2022 · · Giveaways

Enter for a chance to win one of three great poultry packages!

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Monte Cristo Sandwiches and Blind Fish
June 27, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Two of our favorites can segue from breakfast to lunch to supper: Monte Cristo Sandwiches and the less well-known German blind fish.

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DIY Easy Clean Chicken Coop Idea

When thinking of a chicken coop idea, I knew I wanted an easy-to-clean coop. I came up with this chicken coop idea after my wife and I found five acres to purchase from our county’s surplus property auction. 

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Four Flags Farm DIY Chicken Tractor Plan

Our biggest goal for the year was to welcome chickens onto our farm. We are avid DIYers, and we wanted a chicken coop that would fit well with our and our hens’ needs.

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Free Chicken Coop Plan: An Easy 3×7 Coop
June 23, 2022 · · Coops

Many first-time backyard chicken keepers intend to build their own coop, but the first and most frustrating question usually is: what does a chicken coop need? Information paralysis usually ensues, but in reality, your chickens really don’t need much to thrive.

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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
June 22, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death is a very real danger to chickens when temperatures rise. They don’t sweat like humans do, and are somewhat limited in their ability to cool down.

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Help Chickens Keep Their Cool

Some people love a summer heat wave, or for that matter, sweating it out in a sauna. Not chickens. For our feathered friends, steamy summer days — which are increasing, due to climate change — can mean trouble.

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Duck-Safe Plants and Weeds From the Garden

What weeds can ducks eat out of the garden? Recognizing duck-safe plants helps your birds forage for healthy foods while helping you with garden work!

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How to Raise Ducks in Your Backyard

f you want an economical and steady supply of homegrown eggs that are nutritious and tasty, you’ll need a flock of backyard chickens, right? Well, not necessarily.

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It’s HOT Out There!

As summer heats up, it is a good time to think about protecting our birds from the extreme heat we can expect over the next few months. Heat can have a very detrimental effect on birds. Poultry do not sweat to provide cooling.

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Selling Eggs as a Business on the Homestead
June 17, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

There are chickens in the backyard, eggs all over the kitchen, and you might be thinking “maybe it’s time to start selling eggs.”

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