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

Duck Eggs Vs. Chicken Eggs
June 22, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

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

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Wild Chickens in Hawaii, California and the Florida Keys
June 9, 2020 · · Chickens 101

How did the wild chickens in Hawaii and other states become feral? A combination of accident, incident and evolution.

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How Genetics Determine Duck Egg Color
May 30, 2020 · · 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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Modern Tips for Hatching Eggs for Kids in Classrooms

The rules have changed.
When I was a kid, hatching eggs for kids in schools was as simple as bringing in eggs and an incubator.

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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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