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

How to Raise the Towering Malay Chicken
September 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

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 Brahma chickens. While …

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Pigeon Facts: An Introduction and History
September 4, 2019 · · 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. Humans and pigeons have been sharing …

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4 Tips for Composting Chicken Manure
August 30, 2019 · · Feed & Health

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 discard poultry manure …

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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 …

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Host Your Own Tour de Coop
August 4, 2019 · · 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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Breeds and Types of Pigeons: From Rollers to Racers
August 1, 2019 · · 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 …

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Ducks in The Vineyard
May 22, 2019 · · Poultry 101

This vineyard is distinct because it utilizes 1,600 Indian runner ducks as pest control. Yes, I did fly halfway around the world to come face-to-beak with hundreds of ducks.

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5 Quail Species to Raise
May 11, 2019 · · 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. Others do …

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Raising Critical Breeds: Dutch Hookbill and Aylesbury Ducks
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Just like wildlife, domestic livestock can become endangered and extinct. The Dutch Hookbill and Aylesbury ducks are both currently listed as critical by The Livestock Conservancy. Consider adding these unique …

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Meet the English Pouter Pigeon
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

There are several breeds and types of pigeons, but if there were ever a supermodel pigeon, the English Pouter would be stomping down the runway during fashion week. Homing pigeons, …

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