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12 Days of Poultry Giveaway
September 26, 2022 · · Giveaways

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

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Murray McMurray Hatchery Giveaway
September 14, 2022 · · Giveaways

Enter for your chance to win this package valued at $950.

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Backyard Poultry Eaton Pet and Pasture Giveaway
August 11, 2022 · · Giveaways

Enter for your chance to win this package valued at $950.

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Backyard Poultry August/September 2022

Backyard Poultry August/September 2022 — 17/4 is in homes July 14th but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on Hungarian Yellow Chickens, chickens in strollers, protecting your chickens in really bad weather, and delicious chicken meatballs. PLUS: Turkens, amazing naked-neck chickens!

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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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How to Start Raising Chickens: Five Welfare Needs
October 25, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Proper chicken husbandry means understanding what chickens need to be healthy. Learn how to start raising chickens with this lesson in chicken welfare.

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Keeping Your Flock Away from Predators Takes Strategy, Knowledge, and a Little Craftiness
October 6, 2022 · · Coops

Predators are in all parts of the world, and there is quite a list of potential danger coming from both above and below. So what can you do to protect your birds when such predators are constantly lurking?

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Fences: Keeping Chickens In and Predators Out
October 6, 2022 · · Coops

A good chicken (and predator) proof fence is more than worth the investment.

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Weasels Killing Chickens is Common, but Preventable

Shortly after I moved to my homesteading land 15 years ago, I found a desiccated weasel in the barn. It was a long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), about 10 inches long from nose to tail tip, and brown in color — which indicated that it had died between spring and fall (they turn white in the winter).

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How to Protect Chickens from Hawks
October 6, 2022 · · Coops

as a backyard chicken owner, I hated to see my chicken killed. Of course, I then wanted to know exactly how to protect chickens from hawks.

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Empordanesa and Penedesenca Chickens

Penedesenca and Empordanesa chickens. They roll off the tongue, like guitar chords to a background of castanets. Their Spanish names are unfamiliar, but these breeds could be perfect for a hot weather climate.

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Rooster Comb Care

The comb, believe it or not, has more function than form when it comes to chickens. It’s more than a fancy top hat or proof of superiority. It’s actually a tool chickens use to cool off because they cannot sweat.

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Types of Chicken Combs
October 6, 2022 · · Feed & Health

While there are nine types of chicken combs recognized, Dr. Brigid McCrea says children and backyard hobbyists who are interested in genetics would find the results of breeding different combs very interesting.

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Rabbit and Chicken Frostbite Prevention Methods
October 6, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Rabbit and chicken frostbite occurrences are preventable. Adopting good cold-weather management for your small livestock buildings will go a long way to preventing rabbit and chicken frostbite in the first place.

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Comb-To-Toe Checkup for Chicken Ailments
October 6, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Can you recognize chicken ailments before it’s too late? Performing regular checkups can identify and ward off problems before they become worse.

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Feathers Hard and Soft
October 5, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Feathers vary on different breeds. They may be hard or soft, held close to the body, like Brahmas, or loosely, like Cochins.

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