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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

Building My Dream Chicken Run and Coop
January 24, 2020 · · Coops

My fascination with chickens started when I was just a boy of 13 years. I tended the chickens, gathered the eggs, cleaned the chicken run and coop.

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Egg Candling Chart

A chicken egg takes 21 days to hatch. By candling the eggs, you can determine stage of development or if the egg has failed to develop and died within the shell.

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Need an Egg Incubation Timeline? Try This Hatching Calculator

Use this handy calculator to determine the incubation period: chicken eggs vs duck eggs, goose eggs, turkey, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, pheasant, and emu. Then set your eggs and watch them develop!

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The Economics of Egg Farming

When I started egg farming, I kept track of my costs. The numbers surprised me. Turning a profit leaves a lot of factors to consider.

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Olivia and Elizabeth

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Morello was nervous about leaving her beloved ducks outside. When she returned home, she saw something wrong with Elizabeth.

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Selective Breeding: How to Breed Chickens

For those of us who are learning how to breed chickens or teaching others how to breed chickens, you must realize that breeds of poultry cannot be maintained. Your fowl are either improving or degenerating with each passing generation.

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Breed Profile: Plymouth Rock Chicken

Add to Favorites Breed of the Month: Plymouth Rock chicken Origin: United States — Plymouth Rock chickens are said to be developed in Massachusetts after the Civil War, and were …

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Tinkerbell – My Wild Goose Story

As a child, I fell in love with Canada geese. I am thankful to be a part of this wonderful wild goose story!

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Crazy K Farm

The mating habits of hens and roosters aren’t within the purview of most geologists, but that didn’t stop Houston-area geologist Tobi Kosanke from getting into the chicken sex apparel business.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas — Chickens Edition!

Add to Favorites With apologies to Clement C. Moore. The following should prove to all the children out there that Santa visits good chickens, too. I’ve changed some of the …

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