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Fall Poultry Giveaway – More Than $1,500 Worth of Prizes!
September 1, 2021 · · Giveaways

Treat your flock to something special while getting a little something for you, too. Enter weekly to win, and every week you enter, you will also get an extra entry toward the grand prize week!

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Backyard Poultry October / November 2021
August 27, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry October/November 2021 — 16/5 is in homes September 23rd, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on turkeys and geese, rodents that can be a problem for backyard chickens, and Squirt: the pigeon that hatched a chicken.

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Backyard Poultry Special Issue 2021
July 23, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry Special Issue 2021 is in homes August 12th, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on the most sustainable meat and egg breeds, growing fodder and mealworms, and preventing diseases and health problems.

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My Inexpensive, Low-Energy, Automatic Chicken Water Heater
September 20, 2021 · · Coops

With winter looming, I needed an inexpensive, worry-free way to keep my chickens’ water from freezing. Inspiration was hatched at the thrift store by a used curling iron that consumes only 13 watts of power.

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Mitigating Ammonia: Your Options in Poultry Litter Treatment
September 20, 2021 · · Coops

Some of us keep our beloved birds in precarious situations. I don’t mean we necessarily put them in direct danger, but the very idea of us keeping backyard chickens in an otherwise urban environment can be a precarious peace-keeping mission.

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DIY Rainwater Chicken Watering System
September 20, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites There are many options for building a chicken watering system. A search on DIY or homemade chicken waterers turns up loads of pictures and plans. While there is no …

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How to Keep Rats Away From Your Urban Chicken Coop
September 20, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites By Maureen Mackey, Oregon – Knowing how to keep rats away is a growing concern for some chicken owners. Keeping chickens provides so many benefits, it’s no wonder many …

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Eliminating Flies in the Chicken Coop
September 20, 2021 · · Coops

Flies in the chicken coop are a common nuisance, but sometimes conditions allow the populous to get out of hand. Nobody wants to batt flies from his or her face when feeding their chickens, and no chicken wants to be inundated in biting flies or be the victim of flystrike.

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Dangers in the Coop
September 20, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Are dangers lurking in your carefully planned chicken house? A sturdy coop offers shelter from weather and predators and a quiet refuge for the laying hen.

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Poultry Feed For Molting Season
September 15, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites During the fall molting season, your chickens will begin to lose their feathers and grow in new ones in preparation for the upcoming cold weather. Old, broken …

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Therapy Chickens Combat Isolation and Loneliness

The therapeutic value of taking dogs to visit hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes is well known. Even docile cats are now sometimes used as therapy animals, providing companionship, confidence, and a feeling of well-being to people in need.

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Chickens as Pets: 5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Breeds
September 15, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Raising a flock of backyard chickens as pets with “benefits” is a fun, fulfilling activity that the whole family can get involved in. Kids love to help collect eggs, refill feeders and waterers, and watch the chickens chase bugs in the yard.

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Six Sustainable Hens
September 14, 2021 · · Chickens 101

American Plymouth Rocks, Asiatic Cochins, English Cornish, Mediterranean Leghorns, Continental Polish, and the Games are still leaders in small flocks, exhibition, and the hearts of all who keep them.

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