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Articles by Backyard Poultry Contributor

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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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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Raising Ducklings Eventually Leads To Combining Flocks

If there’s one thing most waterfowl experts agree on when discussing raising ducklings and how to introduce ducklings to older ducks, it might be this: AIEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Advancing Into the World of Pigeon Farming

There are thousands of different breeds for pigeon farming. Of course, I couldn’t go through them all in this article, so I will attempt to narrow it down to some of the most common and unique ones.

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Dahline Poultry: Starting Small, Dreaming Big

Most teenagers turning 16 look forward to getting their driver’s license and owning a car. Hunter Dahline of Willmar, Minnesota has other plans; he has his eye on constructing a new building to expand his poultry business.

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Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch!

Feed, water, and fertilized eggs lay on plenty of soft bedding. Conspicuously missing were the two broody hens. The job of moving them out of the nest boxes was akin to prying an ill-tempered badger from its burrow.

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The Four-Legged Chick

Freshly hatched chicks of assorted breeds filled the incubator. I couldn’t wait to see them. I got more than I bargained for.

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Top 10 Chicken Nesting Boxes

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 for new items.

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