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

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

Why don’t ducks’ feet freeze? Waterfowl, including penguins and flamingoes, have countercurrent heat exchange systems in their legs, which enable them to keep their feet submerged in icy cold water or stand on ice for hours.

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From Backyards to Factory Farms: The Evolution of Poultry Farming in America
October 12, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites “The evolution of the chicken industry over the past century has simply been an extraordinary demonstration of the power of science to transform our daily lives,” says …

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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
September 20, 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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New Year, New Offerings: 2022 Hatchery Updates
September 19, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Check out these 2022 updates from some of our favorite hatcheries: Cackle Hatchery New for 2022 Cackle Hatchery will be offering Tolbunt Polish, exhibition type Silver Laced …

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How to Compost Chicken Manure
August 30, 2021 · · Flock Files

Composting chicken manure allows you to use your flock’s waste in vegetable or flower beds, or to feed perennials like berry bushes and trees.

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Host Your Own Tour de Coop
August 8, 2021 · · 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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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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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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