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Our Coolest Coops Photo Contest is Back — Starts May 3rd
April 28, 2021 · · Coops, Giveaways

Grand Prize Winner — as chosen by the Backyard Poultry editorial staff — will receive a ChickSafe Eco Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener from Brinsea, prominent placement in the August / September 2021 issue of Backyard Poultry, a commemorative coop sign, and a copy of Reinventing the Chicken Coop from our bookstore.

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Keep Biofilm Out Of Your Flock’s Drinking Water
May 6, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Poultry drinkers that aren’t regularly scrubbed often develop bad-tasting biofilm that discourages drinking. Reduced drinking, especially during hot weather, can lead to dehydration, poor health, and fewer …

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
May 6, 2021 · · Chickens 101

In the discussion of raising chickens, there have been two traditional schools of thought. The first is total free range. Usually, an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the chicken coop for roosting.

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Hatching Duck Eggs: When Fertile Eggs Don’t Hatch
May 6, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

I recently ventured into hatching duck eggs, an area that I had previously avoided ever since we started keeping ducks. Not only am I allowing Margarita, our broody duck to sit on fertile eggs, I am actually encouraging it.

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How To Build A Poultry Water Stand

Everyone that has chickens knows what a challenge it can be to keep their water source clean. The birds love to scratch and kick up litter into the water and can create quite a mess.

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Treating Livestock and Chicken Eye Problems
May 4, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Livestock and chicken eye problems need to be treated as soon as possible. When our chickens and livestock get an eye injury or any type of wound, I grab the first aid box.

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How to Tame Aggressive Rooster Behavior
May 4, 2021 · · Feed & Health

If you have a rooster, chances are you’ve been spurred or chased. Some breeds are more prone to aggressive rooster behavior than others.

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How to Feed Chickens Corn and Scratch Grains

When I first started keeping chickens, I felt that feeding scratch grains was necessary. I don’t remember where I heard this, but I fed scratch grains with corn daily.

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Hope for Male Chicks?

As farmers and homesteaders, we know that no matter how much we love our chickens, the bottom line is they are a food source. They lay wonderfully nutritious eggs, and if we are raising them for meat purposes, they will feed our family for a couple of days.

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Do Your Chickens Need Supplements?

Add to Favorites By Tiffany Towne, Nutrena Poultry Expert A stroll down the poultry aisle in your favorite feed store may display more options for chicken supplements than you knew existed. …

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List: The Best Chicken Names — A to Z

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 to help.

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