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

Simple Turkey Brine Techniques
November 2, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

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 to be palatable.

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Egg Facts and Egg Dishes Around the World
October 26, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Try egg dishes around the world for healthy, delicious, full of protein, economical, and easy-to-prepare food while learning a few egg facts.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Baby Chicks
August 29, 2022 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Here’s what you need to know about raising baby chicks before you bring them home.

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
August 26, 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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Corn for Chickens and Other Chicken Myths
August 15, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Even experienced chicken owners still believe a few old wives’ tales. While some chicken myths are harmless, others can be dangerous.

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Heritage Poultry
August 14, 2022 · · Poultry 101

Some of us raise poultry for fun. Others want eggs or meat. But some take activism further and save heritage poultry breeds from extinction.

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Ask The Expert February/March 2022

Add to Favorites Barred Rocks Not Laying  Carol: Hello, I have six 22-week-old hens. Four Barred Rock and two that are orange-brown colored. The two orange-brown hens started laying eggs …

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Ask the Expert April/May 2022

Add to Favorites Booties For Bumblefoot?  Hi Marissa,   Do you know about neoprene booties for Pekin ducks that have bumblefoot?   Thank you,   Deborah  ***********************************  Hi Deborah,  I haven’t personally used …

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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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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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