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Backyard Poultry Contributor

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Articles by Backyard Poultry Contributor

Are Water Cups as Magical as Pinterest Claims?

by Kim Ellsworth I have one hen who insists on putting her poop encrusted feet inside every food and water bowl I give her.  Her name is Punky Brewster, after …

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What’s the Best Bedding for Chickens?

What is the best bedding for chickens? Should you choose pine shavings or straw? And what else can keep chicken nesting boxes fresh? 

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Two Chicken Coop Sheds We Love

Chicken Coop Shed #1 By Stephanie Thomas – In 2005 both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. Life definitely changed, and not really for the best. I am a …

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Buckeye Chickens: An All-American Breed

By Christine Henrichs – No chicken breed is perfect, but many Buckeye chicken breeders figure they have come close enough with their breed. Breeders extol the virtues of vigor, resilience …

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Quail Egg Benefits: Nature’s Perfect Finger Food

Story and Photos By Janice Cole, Minnesota There’s something about quail eggs that makes them hard to resist. The tiny brown-speckled gems with their aqua interiors look more like candy …

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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 …

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Top 10 Chicken Nesting Boxes

By Joy E. Cressler – Finding ways to cut costs on the farm by making or designating items for poultry farming can boost the family budget—or at least not tap it …

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The History and Future of Marans Chickens

By William Morrow – Marans chickens are synonymous with chocolate brown eggs. Marans chickens originated in the French village of the same name about 240 miles southwest of Paris or 100 …

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Beautiful Bantams: Black Cochins and Silver Spangled Hamburgs

By Grace McCain, Oklahoma The comparison of Silver Spangled Hamburgs and Black Cochins is proof that there is variety in the world of bantam chicken breeds, and that there is …

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Chicken Mites & Northern Fowl Mites: Controlling Infestations

By Laura E. John – The goal of most poultry flock owners is to reap all of the benefits from their investments of time, money and labor. An essential step …

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