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How To Administer the Marek’s Vaccine to Poultry Chicks

By Laura Haagerty — Do you know the proper way to administer the Marek’s vaccine to your chicks? Marek’s disease is very prevalent everywhere there is poultry, and if your chickens …

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Are Guinea Hens the Worst Moms of All?

By Jeannette Ferguson – Guinea Fowl Breeders Association Do guinea hens really make bad moms? Is there really a concern? What exactly is the problem with guinea hen moms, and why do …

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Guinea Fowl Care: Housing and Winter Survival

By Jeannette Ferguson, Guinea Fowl Breeders Association (GFBA) President Photographs by members of the GFBA Guinea fowl that are trained to roost inside a shelter at night will outlive those that …

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Blue and Black Australorp Chicken: A Prolific Egg Layer

Breed: Australorp Chickens Origin: Originating in Australia, the Australorp chicken breed arrived in the 1920s in America and other parts of the world. They originated from Black Orpington chickens in Britain, …

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The Jersey Giant Chicken: An Outstanding Heritage Meat Breed

By Don Schrider — What is considered the largest breed of chicken? With standard weights of 13 pounds for males and 10 pounds for females, the humble Jersey Giant chicken is …

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The Dutch Bantam Chicken: A True Bantam Breed

By Laura Haggarty The Dutch bantam chicken is said to have originated in the Netherlands. However, historical documents from Europe tell us that the breed was brought into the Netherlands …

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Chicken Breed Does Affect Taste and Texture
February 22, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

As with all types of livestock, chicken breed does indeed affect meat taste and texture. In my book, Sheep Success, I showed several examples of very popular breeds of sheep …

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