About the Author

Marissa Ames

Editor of Goat Journal and Backyard Poultry magazines, Marissa Ames runs a small homestead in Fallon, Nevada, where she focuses on saving and propagating rare breeds of goats and garden vegetables. She and her husband, Russ, travel to Africa where they serve as agricultural advisors for the nonprofit I Am Zambia. She spends her free time eating lunch.
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Articles by Marissa Ames

Meet Mumble: How to Raise Baby Chicks with Special Needs
March 22, 2020 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Rebekah Stewart of North Somerset, Britain, learned even if you know how to raise baby chicks, sometimes things happen. In May of 2015, five chicks hatched without problems.

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When Can Chicks Go Outside?

Keeping brooders at optimal temperatures helps babies stay healthy. But when can chicks go outside?

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Incubating Duck Eggs with Chicken Eggs
March 12, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

If you have already tried incubating chicken eggs, you know how addicting it can be. Have you tried incubating duck eggs?

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Hatching Duck Eggs: Can Chickens Hatch Ducks?
February 16, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat, Kids' Corner

All of my experience hatching duck eggs led me to ask the question: Will chickens foster eggs from another species and raise them? The answer was, absolutely!

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
February 15, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp?

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How to Order Baby Chicks in the Mail
January 25, 2020 · · Chickens 101

So you want to start raising backyard chickens? And you want to start out with cute, fuzzy chicks? Of course, you do.

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What is a Heritage Turkey and What Does Hormone-Free Mean?
November 25, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites How can you ensure you purchase a hormone-free turkey this year? What is a heritage turkey, and why is it so expensive for being so small? Are …

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Simple Turkey Brine Techniques
November 20, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites We love our turkey dinners, especially toward the end of the year, but we’ve all suffered from dry, tasteless white meat that must be smothered in gravy …

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How Snow in Chicken Pens and Runs Affects Your Flock
November 19, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites My chickens love being outside. I keep a light in the coop to welcome them inside during bad weather, when it gets dark early and the rain …

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Coccidiosis
October 25, 2019 · · Flock Files

Coccidia are single-celled, obligate, spore-forming
parasites that infect a wide variety of animals and are host specific. Nine known species affect chickens and seven affect turkeys, and disease severity depends on strain.

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