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The History of Rhode Island Red Chickens

Rhode Island Red chickens are striking birds with the contrast between the dark red body color, black tail with a “beetle green” sheen and the bright red comb and wattles. Their length of body, flat back and “brick” shape is both distinctive and attractive.

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Exploring How Feed Affects Egg Yolk Color

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Many chicken owners know that egg yolk color is heavily influenced by the feed their birds eat. But do they really understand how …

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The Art of the Feather

What is feather crafting? Simply put, it’s using feathers to create works of artistic expression, clothing, or utilitarian pieces.

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Homemade Poultry Waterer

Add to Favorites By Holly Cicchirillo, Arizona I’d like to share an idea that I discovered this year that may help others. Store-bought chicken waterers are expensive, and the ones …

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How to Make Homemade Chicken Feed

Learning how to make homemade chicken feed for layers is just as simple as purchasing pre-made feed from the store, except, it takes a little more muscle when it comes to mixing the feed. It’s a natural and simple alternative to commercial layer feed that can be non-GMO or organic and it takes care of every member of your flock!

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Games for Kids and Chickens

Kids are drawn to hens, and it seems the opposite is also true — especially once backyard hens realize our small ones can serve as food dispensers, too. And kids love it when hens start to do whatever they ask.

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Our Henhouse Was “Gone With the Wind”

Have you ever experienced one of life’s unexpected happenings? These can be great, or they can bring disaster. One could only regard what occurred on July 30th as a disaster for my husband and me.

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It’s HOT Out There!

Add to Favorites By Dave Anderson President of American Poultry Association As summer heats up, it is a good time to think about protecting our birds from the extreme heat …

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Saving an American Icon — Raising Turkeys

Erin Krier planned to get her kids started with a dairy cow when she attended her first 4-H meeting. She left the meeting as poultry leader.
Although she holds a master’s degree in crop science, she didn’t have any poultry experience.

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Breed Profile: Delaware Chicken

The Delaware chicken is a 20th-century creation, developed specifically for the growing broiler market in the 1940s. They’re so pretty, they were recognized by the APA for exhibition (in 1952), in those years when production was as significant as beauty.

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