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Erin Phillips

Erin Phillips
 lives on a small farm with her family, where they raise chickens and ducks. She also grows fruit, vegetables, and herbs, which she makes into homemade products like jams, pickles, sauces, infused vinegars, and fresh bread.
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Articles by Erin Phillips

Automating a Chicken Coop Door Using Arduino
August 16, 2019 · · Coops

When we designed our chicken coop, automating our chicken coop door was a necessity. There was already so much to consider, from the design and quantity of nesting boxes to roosts …

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6 Basics for Chicken Coop Design
August 13, 2019 · · Coops

When thinking about basic chicken coop design, you need to consider six main things. Whether you plan to construct a high-end, designer chicken coop or something basic, you’ll need to …

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How to Care for Ducklings
March 14, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Learning how to care for ducklings is a little different than learning how to care for chicks. Though they have similar overall needs for food, water, warmth, and safety, ducklings …

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Raising Pekin Ducks
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

My husband and I decided to start raising Pekin ducks kind of on a whim. We were picking out the birds for our chicken flock and saw the ducklings on …

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A Primer on Hatching and Raising Chicks in School

Though I am mostly a farmer now, my training is in Montessori early childhood education. Raising chicks in the classroom is like the bringing together of my two big loves — …

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A Guide to Getting New Chicks

Whether you’re starting a new flock or expanding one, spring is the time when people start to have baby chicks on the mind. It’s good to do some planning and …

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Baby Chick Brooder Ideas
March 14, 2019 · · Coops

From our April/May 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry. Subscribe for more great stories like this! Once you’ve selected your chicken breeds and figured out where to buy baby chicks, you need …

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Where to Buy Baby Chicks

A preview from our April/May 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry. Subscribe for more great stories like this!  After figuring out which chicken breeds will best suit your family or farm, you …

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Selecting the Right Chicken Breeds
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

A preview from our April/May 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry. Subscribe for more great stories like this!  Whether you’re starting a new flock or expanding one you already have, spring is …

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Treats for Baby Chicks Can Be Fun and Nutritious

Your initial focus when getting baby chickens was probably the basics: selecting a breed, setting up a chick brooder, and what you can feed chickens. When you were researching this …

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