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Counting Chicks

Chickens capable of doing even basic math? The idea seems absurd, yet, recent research suggests that they may indeed be capable of this. Read on to find out more about the numerical abilities discovered in chickens. 

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50+ Surprising Chicken Nesting Box Ideas
February 23, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites New flock owners are always on the hunt for creative chicken nesting box ideas, so we asked our Backyard Poultry readers to share their suggestions, pictures, and advice! …

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How to Expand Your Flock with the Best Broody Hens

Add to Favorites By P. Allen Smith – It’s a great day in Poultryville at Moss Mountain Farm when chicks are running around! I have a soft spot for those …

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Breed Profile: Muscovy Duck

During the more than 40 years that we have been in business, I must confess that we have hatched and raised several duck breeds. However, absolutely none can compare with the uniqueness, the adaptability, the pure pleasure, and the usefulness of the Muscovy duck.

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Breed Profile: Lakenvelder Chicken

Add to Favorites Breed of the Month: Lakenvelder chicken Origin: The Lakenvelder chicken developed in the early 19th century near the border of Germany and the Netherlands. The word “Lakenvelder” …

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Feed

Learning how to make homemade chicken feed for layers is just as simple as purchasing pre-made feed from the store, except, it takes a little more muscle when it comes to mixing the feed. It’s a natural and simple alternative to commercial layer feed that can be non-GMO or organic and it takes care of every member of your flock!

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Manna Pro® Extends Its 4-H Partnership

As part of the partnership, Manna Pro will donate $1 to National 4-H Council for every $1 coupon used on select Manna Pro products from Feb. 1 through Aug. 31, with a minimum $50,000 match donation guaranteed in 2021.

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Therapy Chickens Combat Isolation and Loneliness

The therapeutic value of taking dogs to visit hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes is well known. Even docile cats are now sometimes used as therapy animals, providing companionship, confidence, and a feeling of well-being to people in need.

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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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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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