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Backyard Poultry Contributor

We love when guest writers stop by to share their knowledge and love of raising poultry. Take a minute to learn something new from an experienced poultry keeper!
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Articles by Backyard Poultry Contributor

The Brakel (Braekel) Chicken

Although not exceptionally rare, the Brakel (alt. Braekel) breed always needs more keepers and is also a historic, interesting race. In Flanders, Belgium where it originates, the “Brakel Hen” is known as the oldest large laying breed that still exists today, the Ardenner being the oldest Belgian breed of the French speaking Waloon area of Belgium.

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The History of Rhode Island Red Chickens

Rhode Island Red chickens are striking birds with the contrast between the dark red body color, black tail with a “beetle green” sheen and the bright red comb and wattles. Their length of body, flat back and “brick” shape is both distinctive and attractive.

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The Lille Collection of Preserved Breeds, Part 2

Add to Favorites By Stuart Sutton, England The Collection of preserved poultry of the Natural History Museum of Lille is one of the best kept, largest and most interesting in …

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Six Heritage Turkey Breeds on the Farm

We thought you would enjoy a side-by-side comparison of the six heritage turkey breeds that we raise on our heritage turkey farm. We have been raising heritage turkey breeds for quite a few years now.

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Marketing Your Farm Fresh Local Eggs

So you want to sell your farm fresh eggs? You’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will go over the basics of creating a brand and marketing plan for your farm.

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Candling Eggs and Advanced Techniques for Artificial Incubation & Hatching

By Rob Banks, England – Candling eggs is an age-old technique that has modern applications in incubating and hatching poultry. After studying the incubation of many species and breeds it became clear to me that almost all eggs follow a similar process during incubation and hatching.

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Homes for Hens

Through the nonprofit Homes for Hens, Shelly Jagger works with five farmers in the United Kingdom to adopt hundreds of laying hens in a single day.

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Helping Kids Cope with the Loss of Backyard Hens

Sometimes things happen. And this miserable downside of keeping hens — dealing with their deaths — can be dramatic, sudden, and maybe even traumatic for kids.

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Taking a Break with Chickens

At this time, in America, the Great Depression was in “full swing,” bringing many changes to our lives. Raising chickens might be an easy way of getting my hands on some money. How hard could raising chickens be?

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All About Araucana Chickens

The Araucana chicken has some bizarre features; they are rumpless and have ear tufts. Oh yes, and they lay blue eggs. These rumpless birds are missing more than just tail feathers; they are missing the entire coccyx.

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