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

Coccidiosis
October 25, 2019 · · Flock Files

Coccidia are single-celled, obligate, spore-forming
parasites that infect a wide variety of animals and are host specific. Nine known species affect chickens and seven affect turkeys, and disease severity depends on strain.

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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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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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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How to Find the Best Caretaker for Your Backyard Chickens
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites It takes a village to go on vacation. Especially if you have a garden, livestock or chickens. Automatic waterers and over-sized feeders prevent problems but they can’t …

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It’s All About the Heat!
February 26, 2019 · · 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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How to Make Tempera Paint with Egg Yolk
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Artist Tinúviel Sampson gladly shares her secrets behind how to make tempera paint using backyard chicken and duck eggs. But first, she says, prepare the right ground. …

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