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

Open a Rhea Farm to Diversify
March 2, 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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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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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
February 7, 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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5 Quail Species to Raise
February 2, 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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Raising Pheasants for Profit
January 18, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Poultry math is not restricted to chickens. Once you mastered layers, you may find yourself raising pheasants for profit, researching ratites, or different types of pigeons to diversify your farm.

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Medicine is the Best Medicine
December 29, 2020 · · Feed & Health

It turns out laughter is not the best medicine. Medicine is the best medicine. And when it comes to herbal remedies and old wives’ tales, I’m cynical at best. Do you know what home remedies that actually work are called? Medicine. If there is evidence that it heals, it’s medicine. If you base your flock’s treatment on pure anecdotes, you could be doing harm. 

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Poultry Homesteading Hacks for 2021
December 29, 2020 · · Poultry 101

We reached out to some of the most popular YouTubers to get the best 2021 homesteading hacks for raising poultry. Whether you’re a veteran or just getting into the hobby these tips will increase your productivity and efficiency.

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Turkey Tails: It’s What’s for Dinner
November 14, 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
October 16, 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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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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