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Ask the Expert — April/May 2018
April 20, 2018 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Wrinkled Eggs I’ve attached a picture of two eggs that I gathered, two days in a row with very large ridges in them. What makes them do …

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Ask the Expert – February/March 2018
February 20, 2018 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Poisonous Plants I inherited eight hens when we bought our house. We also inherited a beautiful garden with a variety of plants. The hens have free range …

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Ask the Expert — December 17/January 18
December 20, 2017 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Sick Chicken One of my older chickens keeps shaking her head back and forth and then going around in a circle and losing her balance and falling …

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Ask the Expert — October/November 2017
October 20, 2017 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Rooster Yawning One of our two-year-old Leghorn hens occasionally just bursts into these fits of yawning. They just come at random times like when she is eating …

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Ask the Expert — August/September 2017
August 20, 2017 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Mystery Chicken Do you know what kind of chicken that is is on page nine of the April/May 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine? — Norma Grainger …

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Ask the Expert — Late Summer e-edition 2017

Add to Favorites Gardening with Chicken Manure Fresh chicken manure in the garden — let me know if I’ve come up with a technique that is okay, or please warn …

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Ask the Expert — Summer e-edition 2017
July 20, 2017 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Using Apple Cider Vinegar How often do you use vinegar? How much vinegar per gallon of water? — Joe ************************** Hi Joe, Apple cider vinegar can be …

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Ask the Expert — June/July 2017
June 20, 2017 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Missing Feathers This is a photo of one of my black sex link chickens. She is a one-year-old that is losing her feathers from her head and …

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Ask the Expert: Chicken Skeletal System

Do you have a question about chickens skeletal system? You’re not alone! Look inside for questions and answers from other poultry owners.

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Ask the Expert — Spring e-edition 2017
May 20, 2017 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Picky Chickens Any suggestions on how to get picky chickens to eat anything other than fresh fruit and scratch grain? They will sometimes eat a LITTLE “all …

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