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

5 Quail Species to Raise
May 11, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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The Sport of Racing Pigeons
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Their speed, endurance, and the inborn desire to home are what makes racing pigeons remarkable. It is specifically the Homing Pigeon breed that is used for racing. They …

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A Vocabulary List Built Just for Chicken Owners
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites My substitution for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Fitness, and Harper’s magazines were always easy: Strombergs, Murray McMurray Hatchery and Holderread Waterfowl. These magazines would keep me occupied for not …

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We Try To Put All the Poultry Clichés and Idioms in One Basket
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Our backyard poultry have infiltrated many aspects of our lives. They have their own feed stores, their own medical complexes and even their own departments within many …

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The Origins of Chicken Domestication
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Out of the 9,000 or 10,000 bird species on this planet, have you ever wondered why chickens were chosen to be our source of food, eggs, entertainment, …

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The Delightful Sebright Chicken
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Active, spunky and easily tamed, this British bantam breed is currently listed as “threatened” on the Conservation Priority List. The Sebright chicken, named after their developer Sir …

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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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From Backyards to Factory Farms: The Evolution of Poultry Farming in America
March 1, 2019 · · 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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