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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

Roosty the Rooster

I consistently avoided roosters for a long period of time. There never was, nor would there ever be, a need for them … or so I thought.

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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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Why and When Do Chickens Molt?

Many people wonder when do chickens molt? Molting, the chicken pundits tell us, is supposed to happen in either spring or at the end of summer as we slip in to fall weather and shorter days.

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Do Your Chickens Need Supplements?

Add to Favorites By Tiffany Towne, Nutrena Poultry Expert A stroll down the poultry aisle in your favorite feed store may display more options for chicken supplements than you knew existed. …

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How to Make Pickled Eggs and Other Great Ways to Preserve Eggs
September 26, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

I encountered many surprises when I first started raising backyard chickens, but one I hadn’t expected was the uneven cycle of egg production.

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How To Build A Poultry Water Stand

Everyone that has chickens knows what a challenge it can be to keep their water source clean. The birds love to scratch and kick up litter into the water and can create quite a mess.

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Will a Broody Hen Adopt Ducklings?

When Helen Redfern moved from the city to the countryside, she started keeping ducks, then chickens. The ducks insisted on sleeping outdoors rather than in a coop and were taken by foxes at night.

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A Look at Chicken Eyes

Some of the first signs that a chicken isn’t feeling well are a dull or sleepy expression and squinty eyes. Discoloration, discharge, inflammation, and discomfort often characterize chicken eye maladies.

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Getting Your Ducks in a Row with Poultry First Aid Kits

Veterinarians with avian experience are not always available, so it makes sense to be cognizant of health and safety concerns. A well-stocked first-aid kit is a good start.

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Breeding Chickens for Egg and Meat Production
September 10, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Let’s face it. Few of us raise poultry in our backyards because there is some great financial advantage in doing so. Some of us do it because of fascination.

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