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

How to Avoid Chicken Feed Storage Mistakes
July 12, 2020 · · 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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Keeping Show Chickens Healthy
June 16, 2020 · · 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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Mitigating Ammonia: Your Options in Poultry Litter Treatment
June 13, 2020 · · 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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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?

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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Show Chickens For Kids
April 24, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Show Chickens are a great way to get your kids interested in agriculture, started in 4-H and give them a positive experience in poultry showmanship.

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How to Tell if Eggs are Bad
April 22, 2020 · · Flock Files

Eggshells are a porous, which allows air, moisture, and some contaminants to pass through. Spoilage bacteria are the most common culprits of eggs turning rotten. When laid, the hen deposits a protective bloom, but this cuticle is not completely impenetrable, so whether or not you wash the egg, bacteria will eventually traverse that porous shell.

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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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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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