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Doug Ottinger

Articles by Doug Ottinger

Breeding Ratios for Chickens and Ducks

Using specific breeding ratios may work better than exact numbers when it comes to breeding poultry.

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Avoiding Foot and Leg Injuries in Waterfowl
May 7, 2022 · · Poultry 101

Waterfowl can be very susceptible to foot and leg injuries. We can avoid many leg injuries in waterfowl with a little forethought.

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Neural Problems in Crested Ducks

Unfortunately, the cuteness of crested ducks results from a genetic defect that can also cause significant neural problems.

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Poultry Bones
October 25, 2021 · · Members Only, Poultry 101

Avian skeletons, including those found in songbirds, gallinaceous birds such as chickens and turkeys, and most waterfowl are unique and complex structures

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Broody Chicken Breeds: A Frequently Under-Valued Asset
October 18, 2021 · · Chickens 101

A broody hen or two is a wonderful resource that can be used to increase one’s flock. Many times, poultry keepers undervalue this heredity-linked trait in broody chicken breeds.

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9 Lesser-Known Facts About Chickens and Ducks

Do chickens have tonsils? Can chickens get rabies? How do ducks mate? Do questions about these facts about chickens ever keep you up awake at night?

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Bielefelder Chicken and Niederrheiner Chicken
November 17, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Meet the Bielefelder chicken and Niederrheiner chicken, two breeds with long heredities, originating in the farmland of the Lower-Rhine region (or Neiderrhein) of Northern Germany.

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How to Break Up a Broody Hen
August 27, 2019 · · Flock Files

There may be times when a broody hen is not in your best interest. Broodiness is infectious. Once one hen starts setting in earnest, it is highly likely that another hen will also start. And then another. Before long, there goes your egg production, most likely for several weeks. How do you break a broody hen?

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How Long do Chickens Lay Eggs? Breeds that Go the Extra Mile!
August 11, 2019 · · Chickens 101

How long do chickens lay eggs? Even hens from the best egg-laying chicken breeds eventually stop producing. Here is some general information about length of egg-production and some breeds that seem to have extra-long laying lives.

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What Breeds Go The Extra Mile?
June 22, 2019 · · Flock Files

I polled a large number of veteran chicken keepers as to what they believed were the best egg-laying chicken breeds. For a breed to even be considered, one stipulation was that the breed had to lay at least three or four eggs per week and had to keep laying fairly consistently for at least three or four years. Most breeds chosen were brown-egg-layers.

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