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

Hidden Health Problems: Chicken Lice and Mites
August 1, 2021 · · Feed & Health

It’s inevitable. Someday, no matter how careful you are or how clean you keep things, you’re going to find chicken lice, mites, or both on your birds and in your coop.

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How to Avoid Chicken Feed Storage Mistakes
July 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Chicken feed storage is not something that many of us put much thought into. We’re usually more concerned about coop design, predator control, and keeping our birds healthy.

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How To Tell If Eggs Are Bad
July 18, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Ever wondered how to tell if eggs are bad or not? Today I hope to clarify a few things, including the shortcomings of the classic egg float test.

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How To Get Rid of Mice and Rats in the Coop Naturally
July 18, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites How can we get rid of mice naturally, without using dangerous rodenticides? It’s a challenge keeping our chickens healthy already, and we really could do without the …

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Preventing Coccidiosis In Chickens
July 4, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Coccidiosis in chickens has been a legitimate problem for farmers since the dawn of commercial poultry farming, especially in chicks. Unfortunately, it’s also a common problem for backyard coops and homesteaders alike.

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Free Chicken Coop Plan: An Easy 3×7 Coop
June 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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Showing Poultry 101

Picking show chicken breeds for your first foray into the world of fancy poultry can be as daunting as trying to understand genetics. But with a few simple pointers, you can be on your way to success.

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Grooming and Bathing Chickens for a Poultry Show

Add to Favorites Grooming and bathing chickens in preparation for a show is quite easy, but there are a few tricks you should know. Bathing poultry before a show is …

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Keeping Show Chickens Healthy
June 21, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Show chickens are hugely entertaining. Fun, as they may be, keeping and exhibiting show chicken breeds can be more involved than keeping run-of-the-mill egg layers.

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Managing Chicken Coop Smell
June 8, 2021 · · Coops

Does your chicken coop smell inordinately bad? Does your neighbor complain about the chicken coop smell wafting across the fenceline? If so, I’ve got a few tips and tricks you can employ to fix your coop, or at least understand the issue at hand.

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