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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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Disabled and Keeping Chickens

While keeping chickens is not intense physical work, there are definite aspects that can require some re-thinking if you have a disability.

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Which Brooder Heating Options are Best?
March 10, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites By Mel Dickinson — Chick brooders come in all different designs, shapes, and sizes. There are baby chick brooder ideas for each homesteader’s and farmer’s unique setup. …

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Chickens Paid the Price

Grandpa John and Grandma Amelia would never admit it, but they bought the wrong farm at the wrong time. They purchased 87 acres of land before 1920.

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5 Immune Boosting Supplements and Herbs for Chickens

Add to Favorites By Amy Fewell – Chickens are one of the easiest farm animals to raise, but sometimes they can be the most daunting to keep healthy. You can …

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Can Chickens Eat Weeds in Your Garden?

Add to Favorites by Doug Ottinger If you are a poultry owner, there is a good chance you might also have a garden. If your garden is healthy and growing, the weeds …

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Buying and Saving with Friends — End-of-Day Hatchery Specials

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Buying leftover, bargain-chick assortments from your favorite chicken hatchery is one of the most fun-filled adventures that any poultry keeper or group of …

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Chicken Feather & Skin Development

Add to Favorites Doug Ottinger lives in northwest Minnesota with his wife, Connie. They raise chickens, ducks and geese on their small hobby farm. Doug’s educational background is in agriculture, …

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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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Counting Chicks

Chickens capable of doing even basic math? The idea seems absurd, yet, recent research suggests that they may indeed be capable of this. Read on to find out more about the numerical abilities discovered in chickens. 

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50+ Surprising Chicken Nesting Box Ideas
February 23, 2021 · · Coops

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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