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 Beginner’s Guide to Raising Baby Chicks
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites Free! Five baby chicks with each feed purchase! The deal is tempting and new chicken owners rush to the feed stores for free chick days. Here’s what …

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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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Meet Mumble: How to Raise Baby Chicks with Special Needs
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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Incubating Duck Eggs with Chicken Eggs
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites If you have already tried incubating chicken eggs, you know how addicting it can be. Have you tried incubating duck eggs? And can you incubate duck eggs …

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Modern Tips for Hatching Eggs for Kids in Classrooms
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites 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. The eggs …

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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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How Genetics Determine Duck Egg Color
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites 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, …

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Broad-breasted Vs. Heritage Turkeys
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Though frozen turkeys reside in your grocery store all year, they become the main attraction during the final two months. Many like the idea of heritage turkeys …

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Building a Solar Chicken Coop Heater
February 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Do chickens need heat in winter? Is it worth the fire risk? A solar chicken coop heater could solve both problems to keep birds safe when temperatures …

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