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

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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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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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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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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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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How to Build a Chicken Coop for $200 or Less
February 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites They call it chicken math. It’s basically the justification chicken lovers use when they buy more chicks. How many straight run chicks should you buy if you want …

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