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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

Hope for Male Chicks?

As farmers and homesteaders, we know that no matter how much we love our chickens, the bottom line is they are a food source. They lay wonderfully nutritious eggs, and if we are raising them for meat purposes, they will feed our family for a couple of days.

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BBQ Chicken Tortilla Trend

I don’t know about your family, but here, we love fair week! The 4-H projects: blue ribbons, class champions, and Best of Show.

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50+ Surprising Chicken Nesting Box Ideas

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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Help Chickens Keep Their Cool

Some people love a summer heat wave, or for that matter, sweating it out in a sauna. Not chickens. For our feathered friends, steamy summer days — which are increasing, due to climate change — can mean trouble.

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The History and Future of Marans Chickens

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 miles north of Bordeaux.

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Lay a Little Egg for Me

Each spring, there is a flurry of activity in the barnyard as chicks orders are placed, coops cleaned, and plans laid for the new batch of chicks.

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Emma Weeks, Chicken Girl

My name is Emma, and I am an 11-year-old “Chicken Girl.” Now, I realize I’m barely out of the hatchling stage, but boy, I can tell you a lot about chickens. They’re kinda my thing!

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Lessons Learned by a Quail Newbie

A few years back we decided it would be a fun adventure to add quail to our homestead. They say knowledge is power, and my friends, you have no idea how true that is until you go into something completely uneducated about that particular topic or situation.

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The Realities of Guinea Fowl Care

Owning guinea fowl can be uplifting … or cause problems with the neighbors!

When an old friend, Roy Miller, invited us to camp on his field in Lincolnshire, he didn’t mention the bird life, so it was an unexpected delight to be greeted by a flock of guinea fowl on arrival.

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Keep Rats Out of Your Urban Chicken Coop

Add to Favorites By Maureen Mackey, Oregon Keeping chickens provides so many benefits, it’s no wonder many city-dwellers have in-stalled coops in their backyards. There is no need to live …

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