About the Author

Kenny Coogan

Kenny Coogan is a food, farm, and flower columnist. Coogan leads workshops about owning chickens, vegetable gardening, animal training, and corporate team building on his homestead. His newest book 99 ½ Homesteading Poems: A Backyard Guide to Raising Creatures, Growing Opportunity, and Cultivating Communityis now available at kennycoogan.com.
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Articles by Kenny Coogan

From Backyards to Factory Farms: The Evolution of Poultry Farming in America
October 12, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites “The evolution of the chicken industry over the past century has simply been an extraordinary demonstration of the power of science to transform our daily lives,” says …

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5 Quail Species to Raise
September 23, 2021 · · Poultry 101

When considering quail species to raise; size, egg production, and temperament should lead your decision making. Some species may be kept in coveys, perfect for larger-scale productions.

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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
September 20, 2021 · · Chickens 101

I couldn’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than starting your own backyard chicken flock. This next year is going to bring you mixed feelings of eagerness and anxiety with hopefully the culmination of happiness and joy.

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Button Quail: Adorable By Any Name
September 8, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Button quail, which are also known as Chinese painted quail, Chung-Chi, Asian blue quail or blue- breasted quail, are well, cute as a button! The smallest of …

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4 Tips for Composting Chicken Manure
September 3, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites For those of you with vegetable and flower beds, or for those of you who just have lawns, I feel it is unnecessary, if not wasteful, to …

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Types of Chicken Combs
September 1, 2021 · · Feed & Health

While there are nine types of chicken combs recognized, Dr. Brigid McCrea says children and backyard hobbyists who are interested in genetics would find the results of breeding different combs very interesting.

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How to Compost Chicken Manure
August 30, 2021 · · Flock Files

Composting chicken manure allows you to use your flock’s waste in vegetable or flower beds, or to feed perennials like berry bushes and trees.

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Host Your Own Tour de Coop
August 8, 2021 · · Coops, Members Only

Whether it is through blogs, magazines, or our Facebook group Backyard Poultry Chat, fanciers helping fanciers is awesome. One way of meeting local chicken coop connoisseurs is by starting or partaking in a Tour de Coop.

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8 Ways to Engage Youth in Ag
June 14, 2021 · · Chickens 101

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it,” George Orwell said. As a FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, I do see kids these days disconnected with nature and agriculture.

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Improve Your Chicken Pics with These 6 Tips
May 13, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Whether you are a breeder who wants to advertise their show birds or a hobbyist who loves to capture their chicken’s character, learning how to take better chicken pics can be accomplished with a few easy tips.

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