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

The Right Stuff!
March 28, 2020 · · Coops

Poultry equipment comes in many different sizes and styles, but what do you really need for your flock? Since backyard chickens became popular again, all sorts of products have surfaced in feed stores.

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What to Feed Baby Chicks to Make Them Thrive
February 20, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Knowing what to feed baby chicks is a critical first step to giving them a fighting chance. Precocial as they may be, chicks are still vulnerable to their environment, which is why we as good stewards must give them the tools to survive and thrive.

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How to Pick the Best Chicken Feeders and Waterers
February 8, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Feeding backyard chickens should hypothetically be a simple thing to do. You know what can chickens eat, but when the chicken feeders and waterers we buy fail to …

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What to Feed Chickens to Keep Them Healthy

Add to Favorites Quality nutrition is the bedrock of your bird’s health, longevity, and performance. Just like you and me, if a chicken is fed junk it will live a …

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How to Raise Broiler Chickens
January 22, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Learning how to raise broiler chickens, for those of us who have had chickens before, is quite easy.

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Show Chickens: The Serious Business of “The Fancy”
December 24, 2019 · · Chickens 101

The world of show chickens is a colorful one that attracts a myriad of unique characters. If you want to join the fun, I encourage you to wander the regional ABA/APA sanctioned poultry shows for inspiration.

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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?
December 12, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How To Get NPIP Certified
December 10, 2019 · · 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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Butchering Turkeys: From Gobble to Table
November 13, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Butchering turkeys on the homestead is a great adventure in farming, but there are a few things to know before jumping headlong into it.

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The Pros & Cons of Coop Heating: Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter?
November 2, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Recently, I’ve been writing about safely heating backyard chicken coops and addressing the question: Do chickens need heat in winter? In New England, we get buried under …

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