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

Ask The Expert June/July 2022

Add to Favorites Mandarin Breeding I look forward to your emails. I have a pair of Mandarins, but it is the law in South Africa to pinion all nonindigenous waterfowl. …

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
May 5, 2022 · · Feed & Health

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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It’s All About the Heat!
April 11, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Can you list the five things you need to raise healthy chicks in a brooder? Food, water, bedding, grit, heat. The first four are simple but the …

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How Genetics Determine Duck Egg Color
April 11, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Leghorns lay white eggs and Marans lay dark brown eggs. But duck egg color doesn’t follow these specific rules. Why can some ducks, of the same breed, lay blue eggs while the others lay white?

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Hatching Duck Eggs: Can Chickens Hatch Ducks?
April 6, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat, Poultry 101

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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The Edible Egg: Facts and Facets of World Cuisine
March 31, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

When it comes to eggs, facts are right in front of us: they’re healthy, full of protein, and delicious. They’re also economical and easy to prepare.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Baby Chicks
January 26, 2022 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Free! Five baby chicks with each feed purchase! The deal is tempting and new chicken owners rush to the feed stores for free chick days.

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How to Order Baby Chicks in the Mail
January 24, 2022 · · 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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Building a Solar Chicken Coop Heater
December 2, 2021 · · Coops

Do chickens need heat in winter? Is it worth the fire risk? A solar chicken coop heater could solve both problems to keep birds safe when temperatures plummet.

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How Snow in Chicken Pens and Runs Affects Your Flock
November 26, 2021 · · Coops

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 leaves the open-air chicken pens and runs in puddles.

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