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Time to Start Winterizing Chicken Coops

Is it time to start winterizing chicken coops? Snowflakes softly fall to the ground, and an icy breeze cuts through the early morning hours.

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How to Make Deviled Eggs: 3 Deviled Eggs Recipes We Love

Need some ideas for how to make deviled eggs for your next party or holiday? We’ve gathered three of our favorite recipes for making deviled eggs, just for you!

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Top 10 Questions and Answers About Backyard Chickens

It’s getting easier for people outside the backyard poultry community to understand why so many of us choose to dedicate a portion of our lives to raising and caring for backyard chickens. I don’t get the same reaction I used to from suburbanites when they find out I raise backyard chickens through casual conversation.

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Chicken Behavior Shows Your Birds May be Smarter Than You Think

Add to Favorites By Christine Heinrichs – As your chickens scratch for food and jockey for position in the social order, you can see that chicken behavior is purposeful. They respond …

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How to Hatch Chicken Eggs

It is time to begin preparations for breeding and collecting eggs for hatching. Anyone can have great success in learning how to hatch chicken eggs; all that is necessary is to provide good conditions that work in accord with the nature of the birds, and the cycle of reproduction. So where do we begin?

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How To Tell the Sex of Baby Chicks

Whether at the feed store choosing day-old chicks or hatching our own, all of us would probably enjoy knowing how to tell the sex of baby chicks to determine which are cockerels and which are pullets as soon as possible. Over the past 100 years there have been many methods developed for how to tell the sex of baby chicks; some methods proved haphazard, some have proven quite effective.

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Weasels Killing Chickens is Common, but Preventable

Add to Favorites By Cheryl K. Smith, Oregon – Shortly after I moved to my homesteading land 15 years ago, I found a desiccated weasel in the barn. It was a long-tailed …

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Ask the Expert: Chicks

Do you have a question about chicks? You’re not alone! Look inside for questions and answers from other poultry owners.

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Cannibalism And Chickens Pecking Each Other

Add to Favorites By Cynthia Smith – It’s happened to all of us who raise poultry: chickens pecking each other and feather picking. One day you look at the chicks …

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Raising Geese and Ducks on Pasture

Add to Favorites By Steve Edwards – The term “pastured poultry” usually brings to mind some type of free-range chicken enterprise. Chickens can be free-ranged for meat or egg production, but …

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