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Doug Ottinger

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Bird Flu 2022: What You Should Know
November 18, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Highly lethal and easily transmitted, this particular strain of influenza can cause severe illness, especially in chicken and turkey flocks. The resulting mortality losses can reach 75 to 100% within days.

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Genetics of the Black Skinned Chicken
October 5, 2022 · · Chickens 101

In the Western world, there is a preference for white chicken meat, with dark meat as a second choice. Different breeds and strains are known for the production of different colors, flavors, and textures of meat. A modern Cornish Cross is almost all white meat, including legs and thighs. Breeds such as the Buckeye are known for production of darker meat.

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The Urban Chickens of Vancouver Island
October 5, 2022 · · Chickens 101

Without a doubt, many Canadian cities and towns on Vancouver Island are enviable models of urban agriculture at its best.

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Symptoms of Kidney Problems in Chickens
September 22, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Learn to identify symptoms of kidney problems in chickens and how to prevent kidney disease in birds to avoid the sudden and final stage.

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Chicken Feather Patterns
September 5, 2022 · · Chickens 101

What distinguishes the chicken feather patterns barred, cuckoo, mottled, and splash? And why is the barring stronger in a Barred Rock rooster vs hen?

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Hungarian Yellow Chickens
August 1, 2022 · · Chickens 101

For poultry keepers looking for a very pretty, unusual landrace breed, Hungarian Yellow chickens may be worth considering.

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A Little More Poultry 201
July 5, 2022 · · Poultry 101

Here are a few unusual pieces of information about poultry for you to share next time you lack something to talk about.

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Erminettes

Erminettes were brought to the United States in the 1860s and poultry fanciers have loved them ever since.

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Tips for Improving a Home Egg Business

There is just something about high-quality, farm-fresh eggs that most find hard to resist. Here are tips for improving your home egg business

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Hungarian Yellow Chickens
May 17, 2022 · · Chickens 101

Hungarian Yellows: a beautiful landrace heritage breed and national treasure of Hungary.

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