About the Author

Gail Damerow

Gail Damerow is the author of The Chicken Encyclopedia, The Chicken Health Handbook, Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks, Storey’sGuide to Raising Chickens, Fences for Pasture and Garden, The Perfect Pumpkin, Ice Cream! The Whole Scoop, Your Chickens, and Your Goats. She is co-author of Draft Horses & Mules and The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, and is a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines. Gail lives in Tennessee where she and her husband Allan keep Nubian dairy goats as well as poultry, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard and a large woodlot. On their diversified small farm they seek independence and sustainability by growing and preserving much of what they eat and feed their livestock. Gail’s interest in gardening, canning and food preservation, and keeping poultry originated with visits to her maternal grandmother, who maintained a sizable garden and a large flock of laying hens. As a youngster Gail looked forward to having chickens of her own. At the age of ten she thought she was realizing her dream when a department store Easter Bunny handed her a small carton containing a single chick. At the time she and her family were moving cross-country in a travel trailer, and sharing the cramped space with a chick in a cardboard box did not sit well with her parents. When Gail came of age she sought out a place in the country where she could indulge her passion for poultry. She has been gardening and keeping chickens and other birds for more than four decades. Over the years she has raised many different breeds of bantams and large chickens, as well as guinea fowl, pheasants, peafowl, ducks, geese, and swans. She enjoys sharing the knowledge she has acquired over the years via her blogs, books, and magazine articles.
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Articles by Gail Damerow

How to Make Guinea Hen Egg Pound Cake
June 26, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

An egg separator seemed like a useless gadget until I cracked open an egg to use for making guinea hen egg pound cake and tried to separate the yolk from …

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Unique Among Chickens
June 24, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Every chicken breed has a unique set of attributes, but a few breeds have the distinction of being the only one of its kind. Without further ado, let’s look at …

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A No Crow Collar Reduces Rooster Crowing Volume
June 10, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Some people love to hear a rooster crowing. Others complain so vociferously you’d think they were talking about a barking dog. The former are usually backyard chicken keepers, the latter …

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How to Trim Chicken Beaks, Claws, and Spurs
May 19, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Claw Trimming A chicken’s spurs, toenails, and beak are made of keratin, the same substance as your fingernails and toenails. And like your nails, they continually grow. Chickens evolved in …

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A Guide to Clipping Chicken Wings
May 16, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Clipping chicken wings is a good skill to have if you’re going to raise backyard chickens. Unlike humans, who periodically get a hair cut, shave, and nail trim, most chickens …

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Toxins in the Environment
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Poisoning is relatively unusual in backyard poultry, especially if you use common sense in keeping your flock away from pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicide-treated seed (intended for planting), wood preservatives, rock …

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A Guide to Recognizing and Treating Chicken Foot Problems
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Two common chicken foot problems and leg ailments are leg mites and bumblefoot, both of which are easy to treat. Less common, but sometimes mistaken for either leg mites or bumblefoot, is a type …

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Feeding Backyard Chickens: 5 Mistakes to Avoid
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Nutritional deficiencies are a relatively rare problem for a flock of backyard chickens, ducks or other poultry. Of greater nutritional concern are the following five easily avoidable mistakes commonly made …

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How to Break Up a Broody Hen
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Some chicken keepers are delighted when one of their hens goes broody, meaning she’s determined to set on a nest of eggs until they hatch. A broody hen can be …

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10 Reasons to Consider Raising Geese
March 14, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Keeping small flocks of geese in suburban backyards is gaining popularity, perhaps because the many misconceptions about the nature of waterfowl are at last being replaced with accurate information about …

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