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Backyard Poultry December 2020/January 2021
October 23, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry December 2020/January 2021 — 15/6 is in-home November 12th, but Backyard Poultry digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on the dangers of heat lamps, Mycoplasma, keeping chickens during climate change, and a history of eggnog.

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Clucktober Giveaway — Win Nearly $200 in Prizes

Now through October 31, enter to win a poultry prize package worth nearly $200 from Murray McMurray and Backyard Poultry!

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Rooster of Barcelos
October 27, 2020 · · Chickens 101

This happy rooster with a bright red comb, adorned with hearts and flowers, is the unofficial symbol of Portugal, representing honesty, integrity, trust, and honor. He is said to be the embodiment of the Portuguese people’s love of life.

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Henrietta, a Cross Beak Story

I noticed one of the chicks was not like the other. Her name was already Henrietta, a Golden Laced Wyandotte, and I noticed her upper and lower beaks seemed to be growing apart, or at least not lining up together.

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Building a Solar Chicken Coop Heater
October 27, 2020 · · Coops

Do chickens need heat in winter? Is it worth the fire risk? A solar chicken coop heater could solve both problems to keep birds safe when temperatures plummet.

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A Guide to Duck Shelters for Winter
October 26, 2020 · · Coops

With their double coat of waterproof feathers over thick, warm fluffy down and a layer of body fat, ducks (regardless of duck breeds) are exceedingly cold-hardy. They love being outdoors year-round in most climates, perfectly happy playing in the rain and even the snow.

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3 Tips to Help Molting Chickens
October 25, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites It’s autumn. Time for comfy sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything and … vacation? For backyard chickens across the country, shorter days often signal time for a break. Molting chickens …

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A Guide to Recognizing and Treating Chicken Foot Problems
October 24, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Two common chicken foot problems and leg ailments are leg mites and bumblefoot, both of which are easy to treat. Less common, but sometimes mistaken for either leg mites or bumblefoot, is a type of arthritis known as gout, which is far easier to prevent than to treat.

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Artist Barbara Shaw makes Beautiful Poultry Portraits
October 24, 2020 · · Poultry 101

“With his beautiful plumage and feathery feet and trousers, Cheetah is a very handsome cockerel and lends himself to being interpreted in textiles”

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Pecking Away at Climate Change
October 23, 2020 · · Feed & Health

The three climate issues that affect chickens’ welfare are temperature, humidity, and insect availability for foraging, especially for free-range chickens. Climate change has become a priority on the homestead.

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How a New Chicken Waterer Changed My Life
October 23, 2020 · · Coops

It’s not often that something as simple as a chicken watering device generates a profound improvement in the life of a person. However, that is precisely what I experienced one Christmas, and three years later I’m still thankful for it.

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