About the Author

Jeremy Chartier

At 12 years old, Jeremy Chartier became involved with his local 4-H group, later joined the local FFA chapter, and showed livestock until his college years. After graduating from the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture at UConn, he joined the University of Maine’s Poultry Service Provider training program. Today Jeremy sells started pullets to local backyard farmers, is still involved with 4-H as a poultry showmanship judge, and writes about his passion for farming.
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Articles by Jeremy Chartier

Mitigating Ammonia: Your Options in Poultry Litter Treatment
January 3, 2022 · · Coops

Some of us keep our beloved birds in precarious situations. I don’t mean we necessarily put them in direct danger, but the very idea of us keeping backyard chickens in an otherwise urban environment can be a precarious peace-keeping mission.

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Using the Deep Litter Method in the Coop
January 3, 2022 · · Coops

Using the deep litter method in your coop can make the difference between you enjoying keeping chickens and you hating your coop every weekend. Let me show you why the deep litter method will simplify your life and your coop chores.

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Why Have My Chickens Stopped Laying Eggs?
December 30, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites One day you have a flock of hens merrily clucking away, producing farm-fresh eggs to beat the band. The next day you go to the coop to …

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Free Chicken Coop Plan: An Easy 3×7 Coop
December 27, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Many first-time backyard chicken keepers intend to build their own coop, but the first and most frustrating question usually is: what does a chicken coop need? Information …

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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?
December 14, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Raising turkeys with chickens has been discouraged for years, but despite that, many homesteaders are going back to a mixed flock approach. There are some excellent benefits to keeping a mixed flock, but there are some serious bird health hazards associated with it as well.

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Raising Meat on the Farm for the Holidays and Beyond
December 10, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Homesteaders looking to grow their food usually start at the easiest entry point and work their way up. Gardening is the simplest and cheapest way to start, …

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What Medicated Chick Feed Is All About
December 8, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Medicated chick feed exists for one reason and one reason only: to confuse you. Alright, that’s not true, but for many beginning backyard flock owners, it sure seems to be one of the many unexpected things you find along the way.

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How To Get NPIP Certified
December 8, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing how to get NPIP certified is key to taking your poultry hobby to the next level. Many of us sell eggs off the farm, and some …

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How to Help Your Chickens Maintain a Healthy Digestive System
November 29, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing some basic chicken digestive system facts can make us better stewards of our feathered friends. Chickens don’t eat or digest in the same way we do, …

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Identifying and Treating Respiratory Infections In Chickens
November 16, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Respiratory infection in chickens is a serious concern, but many new flock owners tend to jump to conclusions every time a chicken sneezes. Keeping your birds healthy …

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