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

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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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
May 31, 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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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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Open a Rhea Farm to Diversify
May 10, 2021 · · Poultry 101

If you’re looking for that in-between size of a turkey and an ostrich, opening a rhea farm might be for you. Aside from their gorgeous lashes and daffy faces, rheas have a lot to offer.

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Button Quail: Adorable By Any Name
May 2, 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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Breeds and Types of Pigeons: From Rollers to Racers
May 2, 2021 · · 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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Chicken Treats – How to Raise Mealworms and Superworms
May 2, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites In my middle school classroom, my students have learned how to raise mealworms, superworms, and Dubia cockroaches for years to be fed to our pet bearded dragon: …

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Tips for Raising Runner Ducks
April 14, 2021 · · 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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Cheap Cheap Chicken Coops
March 18, 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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Raising Exotic Pheasant Species
February 15, 2021 · · Poultry 101

In this beautifully illustrated article, we dip our toes into the exotic pheasant species you will want to add to your homestead.

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