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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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, …

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The Edible Egg: Facts and Facets of World Cuisine
June 27, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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? …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Introducing New Chickens to Established Flocks — Chickens in a Minute Video
March 15, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites 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 …

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When Can Chicks Go Outside?

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Heritage Chicken Breeds and Other Poultry
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Some of us raise poultry for fun. Others want eggs or meat. But some take activism further and save heritage chicken breeds from extinction. Modern times and …

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Bethel Home Helping Hens
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Chickens ride a growing movement of animal therapy in care homes. These gentle, low-maintenance birds bring back memories of farms and simpler times. Kristina Reser-Jaynes watched a …

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