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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

Where to Buy Baby Chicks

After figuring out which chicken breeds will best suit your family or farm, you need to decide where to buy baby chicks.

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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A Primer on Hatching and Raising Chicks in School

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Baby Chick Brooder Ideas
March 14, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites 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, …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Using Comfrey Salve for Injured Poultry
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Learning how to make a comfrey salve for chickens and ducks is easy. Comfrey salve is such a useful item to have around — everyone should have …

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How to Cook Stewing Hens and Roosters
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites A friend of mine approached me several months ago and asked if we wanted a few roosters. I sighed and asked what was going on knowing that if we …

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Eggs as a Business
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Whether you are a backyard chicken keeper looking to expand your flock into a business or a total newbie to chickens hoping to create a livestock business, there are a lot of factors to consider when selling eggs in the retail market.

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How to Keep Ducks and Chickens in the Same Coop
February 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites If you’re considering adding some ducks to your flock, you may be wondering how well keeping ducks and chickens in the same coop works. What needs do …

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