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

What is Tempera Paint? How Eggs Shaped Art History
October 19, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

What came first, the chicken portrait or the egg paint? What is tempera paint and how did it illuminate a colorful history through art and architecture? Tinúviel Sampson sits before …

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Tips on Raising Chickens with Dogs
October 11, 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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Wild Chickens in Hawaii, California and the Florida Keys
September 15, 2019 · · Chickens 101

How did the wild chickens in Hawaii and other states become feral? A combination of accident, incident and evolution. If you want true free-range chickens, from birds that don’t live by …

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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 — Chickens in a Minute Video
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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