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

Types of Chicken Combs
September 4, 2020 · · 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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Turkey Tails: It’s What’s for Dinner
August 21, 2020 · · Poultry 101

This Thanksgiving, after guests spar over which turkey piece is theirs, you may be tempted to discard the leftover turkey tail. However, many chefs argue that the “last part over the fence is the best bite of the bird.”

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Poultry Presidents
August 21, 2020 · · Poultry 101

With a huge presidential election coming up, we asked poultry presidents around the country, about their jobs, what makes a great president, and to share their organization.

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Cheap Cheap Chicken Coops
July 2, 2020 · · Coops

Chickens are cheap, but the most expensive cost that you will endure is their housing. Be inspired by cheap chicken coops.

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City of Austin Promotes Chickens as the Conduit to Sustainability
July 2, 2020 · · Chickens 101

In addition to citizens — towns, cities, and governments need to act locally and think globally. The city of Austin, Texas is doing great things toward sustainability.

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Pigeon Facts: An Introduction and History
June 12, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Pigeons are remarkable for so many reasons. A true cosmopolitan, long after humans have left this earth, only cockroaches, rats, and pigeons will remain.

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How to Raise the Towering Malay Chicken
May 21, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites This spring a YouTube video went viral featuring a giant chicken. It was so popular the video made it on the late-night talk shows. The video featured …

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Four Threatened Duck Breeds
May 17, 2020 · · Poultry 101

In the 1920s, mechanization of farms led to the poultry industry narrowing their interest to a few specialized hybrids which could produce a lot of meat and eggs with the biggest ROI. This regrettably led to the demise of various rare duck breeds and other niche historical livestock.

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Breeds and Types of Pigeons: From Rollers to Racers
April 23, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Recognized as a Master Breeder of Old Dutch Capuchines and Bavarian Pouters, Layne Gardner has had the good fortune of traveling the world photographing various types of pigeons. In her 50 years of raising pigeons (she started early!) she has developed a passion for quality and enjoys seeing excellent specimens in various breeds.

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Do You Need Toys for Chickens?

Professionals agree chickens need enrichment. Keeping your flock healthy, either for egg or meat production or companionship, is most likely your primary goal. Maintaining healthy chickens is a process that includes many facets, including environmental, social and physical aspects.

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