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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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Are Bantams Real Chickens?

 Story and Photos By Don Schrider, West Virginia The History of the Bantam The word “Bantam” is derived from a major Indonesian seaport on the western side of the Island …

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List: The Best Chicken Names — A to Z
August 20, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Dreaming up the perfect baby chick names is one of the most exciting parts of starting or adding to a flock. If you need inspiration, our readers and fans are here …

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Selective Breeding: How to Breed Chickens

By Dr. Charles R.H. Everett For those of us who are learning how to breed chickens or teaching others how to breed chickens, you must realize that breeds of poultry …

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How Old Do Chickens Need to Be to Lay Eggs? (VIDEO)
August 18, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

How Old Do Chickens Need to Be to Lay Eggs? (VIDEO) At Backyard Poultry, we love to tackle common reader questions, such as why have my chickens stopped laying? and why are …

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Chicken Society—Are Chickens Social Animals?

Are chickens social animals? How do they integrate into the chicken community? Learn about the rules, tricks, and sophistication of chicken society.

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Want Blue Eggs? Pick These Chicken Breeds!
August 16, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

Let’s face it, having backyard chickens is popular, but still pretty unique for most folks. Why not step up the unique a notch and go beyond the standard brown and …

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Automating a Chicken Coop Door Using Arduino
August 16, 2019 . · Coops

When we designed our chicken coop, automating our chicken coop door was a necessity. There was already so much to consider, from the design and quantity of nesting boxes to roosts …

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APA Flock Inspection Program
August 15, 2019 . · Poultry 101

With increased interest in heritage breed poultry, the American Poultry Association is stepping up to promote standard breeds. Its Flock Certification Program, revived in 2014 after being abandoned in the 1950s, will certify consumer chicken and other poultry with the APA’s imprimatur.

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How to Break Up a Broody Hen
August 14, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Some chicken keepers are delighted when one of their hens goes broody, meaning she’s determined to set on a nest of eggs until they hatch. A broody hen can be …

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