Featured Stories

How Long do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
January 16, 2020 · · Flock Files

Because they don’t have feathers to self-regulate temperature, newly hatched chicks depend on mothers to keep them warm. Darting beneath wings when they’re cold, and coming out to eat and drink, babies thrive on the mother-to-chick relationship. Brooder chicks must have appropriate heat sources, and humans must closely monitor them with thermometers and good judgment.

Read More
Need an Egg Incubation Timeline? Try This Hatching Calculator

Use this handy calculator to determine the incubation period: chicken eggs vs duck eggs, goose eggs, turkey, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, pheasant, and emu. Then set your eggs and watch them develop!

Read More
Backyard Poultry February/March 2020
December 24, 2019 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry February/March 2020 • 15/1 is in-home January 16th but available online NOW! Subscribe for stories on fowl cholera, all about hatching eggs, imprinting behavior, hip hybrids, PLUS a breed profile of the Bresse-Gauloise chicken!

Read More
Download our Free Poultry Guides
October 2, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Need some support with your flock? Take a look in one of our helpful poultry guides!

Read More
3 Tips to Help Hens Lay Eggs That Are Fresh & Healthy
January 17, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Raising backyard chickens should be fun. You provide your hens a chicken coop, care and quality feeds. They provide you nutritious eggs and undeniable companionship.

Read More
Egg Candling Chart

A chicken egg takes 21 days to hatch. By candling the eggs, you can determine stage of development or if the egg has failed to develop and died within the shell.

Read More
Selling Eggs as a Business on the Homestead
January 16, 2020 · · 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.”

Read More
The Economics of Egg Farming

When I started egg farming, I kept track of my costs. The numbers surprised me. Turning a profit leaves a lot of factors to consider.

Read More
Olivia and Elizabeth

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Morello was nervous about leaving her beloved ducks outside. When she returned home, she saw something wrong with Elizabeth.

Read More
Saxony Duck Breed Profile
January 13, 2020 · · Poultry 101

The most often-recognized backyard duck breed is probably the snow-white Pekin duck, closely followed by the domestic mallard, which is mottled brown with blue wing tips. However, domestic ducks come in many other wonderful breeds that should be considered if you are looking for something a bit different.

Read More
Developing Moonbeam Chickens
January 12, 2020 · · Chickens 101

For a year and a half, Danielle has been working to develop a new breed of chickens, and she is almost there. These chickens have black skin and beaks with stark white feathers. She calls them Moonbeam chickens.

Read More
Breed Profile: Egyptian Fayoumi Chicken
January 11, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Egyptian Fayoumi chickens are tough and thrifty birds with remarkable disease resistance and heat tolerance. They are highly fertile and good layers.

Read More