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

Patriotic Poultry: What did our Founding Fathers Raise?

On this Fourth of July, I dug into some of our founding fathers’ archives to see if they had a passion for poultry like we do today.

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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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How to Paint Feathers
May 13, 2022 · · Poultry 101

Ryan McGhee learned how to paint feathers and now uses his wildlife portraiture to bring attention to endangered species.

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Tips for Raising Runner Ducks
April 27, 2022 · · Poultry 101

Keeping Runner ducks combines the benefits of raising poultry with the entertainment of watching penguin-like bowling pins forage around the yard. After dabbling in call ducks, I increased my flock to include Fawn and White Runner ducks.

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5 Quail Species to Raise
February 25, 2022 · · 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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Button Quail: Adorable By Any Name
February 1, 2022 · · 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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Good Pigeon Loft Design Can Help Your Pigeons Stay Healthy
February 1, 2022 · · Poultry 101

Pigeons are adaptable, hardy, and agile. And although the types of pigeons range in size and function, all pigeons have similar husbandry requirements.

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Shetland Geese and Steinbacher Geese
November 18, 2021 · · Poultry 101

The Shetland and Steinbacher geese are both listed as critical — the most severe listing from The Livestock Conservancy. This means that there are fewer than 500 birds in the U.S., with five or fewer primary breeding flocks (50 birds or more), and less than 1,000 around the world.

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Cheap Cheap Chicken Coops
November 4, 2021 · · 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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Why don’t ducks’ feet freeze?
October 26, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Here in Florida, I sometimes forget about the icy conditions northern birds (and people) must endure. But when I think about my Niagara Falls upbringing, one of the most remarkable adaptations I can recall is the canvasbacks, mergansers, goldeneyes, and other diving ducks living in and on the ice-cold Niagara River.

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