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

A Hard Lesson Learned in Caring For Baby Chicks
July 15, 2019 . · Chickens 101

We learned a painful lesson in caring for baby chicks, and I’m hesitant to tell this, because I know some will condemn me. They’ll call me irresponsible, a bad parent. The …

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4 Lessons Learned Raising Meat Chickens
July 14, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

I knew this already; I grew up on a farm. I’ve seen Food, Inc. and read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I know the difference between raising egg layers, dual-purpose chickens, and …

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The Edible Egg: Facts and Facets of World Cuisine
June 27, 2019 . · 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. These factors combine to …

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Corn for Chickens and Other Fowl Fallacies
June 18, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Have you heard that providing corn for chickens can make them overheat? Or that feeding cayenne increases egg production? Even experienced chicken owners still believe a few old wives’ tales. …

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Duck Eggs Vs. Chicken Eggs
April 26, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

Today I want to compare duck eggs vs. chicken eggs. How does a duck egg measure up compared to a chicken egg? How do duck eggs taste? Are duck eggs …

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Ask the Expert — April/May 2019
April 21, 2019 . · Ask The Expert

Tough Winter We’ve had a tough winter here in Central New Hampshire. Lots of snow and ice. The door to my chicken run becomes frozen often and I end up …

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Introducing New Chickens to Established Flocks
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Once chicks are fully feathered, they are ready to stay outside. But introducing new chickens directly into an established flock can be rough. How Can you be Successful Introducing New …

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When Can Chicks Go Outside?
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Keeping brooders at optimal temperatures helps babies stay healthy. But when can chicks go outside? Hens will let offspring spend longer moments outside, as babies age. Wings develop and tufts …

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
March 15, 2019 . · 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? A holiday tradition is, thankfully, declining. …

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Tips on Raising Chickens with Dogs
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

  Can raising chickens with dogs work for you? It depends on the dog. And it depends on you. We had an easy start to raising chickens with dogs. Oh’no, …

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