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

Four Threatened Duck Breeds
May 17, 2020 · · Poultry 101

In the 1920s, mechanization of farms led to the poultry industry narrowing their interest to a few specialized hybrids which could produce a lot of meat and eggs with the biggest ROI. This regrettably led to the demise of various rare duck breeds and other niche historical livestock.

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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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Good Pigeon Loft Design Can Help Your Pigeons Stay Healthy
January 27, 2020 · · 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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Cinnamon Queens, Paint Strippers, and Showgirl Chickens: It’s Hip to Have Hybrids
December 24, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Strippers, Showgirl chickens, Cinnamon Queens, and other hip chicken cross breeds with hybrid vigor.

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From Funny Chicken Videos to World Records, Backyard Poultry Have Become Ubiquitous
October 25, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Can you believe that 2019 marked the 30th year of the World Wide Web? As we enter 2020 and your resolutions begin to formulate, consider breaking your own poultry-related world record.

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How to Paint Feathers
October 1, 2019 · · 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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4 Tips for Composting Chicken Manure
August 30, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites For those of you with vegetable and flower beds, or for those of you who just have lawns, I feel it is unnecessary, if not wasteful, to …

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Host Your Own Tour de Coop
August 4, 2019 · · 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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Ducks in The Vineyard
May 22, 2019 · · Poultry 101

This vineyard is distinct because it utilizes 1,600 Indian runner ducks as pest control. Yes, I did fly halfway around the world to come face-to-beak with hundreds of ducks.

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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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