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

Ask the Expert — August/September 2019

Ask our poultry experts about your flock’s health, feed, production, housing and more! Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

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Ask the Expert August/September 2021

Ask our poultry experts about your flock’s health, feed, production, housing and more! Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

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Backyard Poultry Special Issue 2021
July 23, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry Special Issue 2021 is in homes August 12th, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on the most sustainable meat and egg breeds, growing fodder and mealworms, and preventing diseases and health problems.

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Backyard Poultry August/September 2021
July 6, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry August/September 2021 — 16/4 is in homes July 15th, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on our Coolest Coops contest, salpingitis, coop elements to keep your birds safe, the art of the feather, PLUS: Do Chickens Have Feelings?

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Backyard Poultry June/July 2021
May 11, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry June/July 2021 — 16/3 is in homes May 13th, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for exciting stories on youth entrepreneurship and kids in agriculture, duck color genetics, and the best duck breeds for meat and eggs, PLUS All Cooped Up: Candidiasis!

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Ask the Expert April/May 2021

Ask our poultry experts about your flock’s health, feed, production, housing and more! Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

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Ordering Hatching Eggs: Chickens First Class!
March 15, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Sunny Miller-O’Connor offers plenty of tips for ordering hatching eggs: chickens, quail, or any other poultry. She has been incubating mail-order hatching eggs for years.

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Backyard Poultry April/May 2021
March 9, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry April/May 2021 — 16/2 is in homes March 11th, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for stories on sick chicks, dangers in the coop, why using broody hens to hatch guinea keets results in a quieter flock, PLUS art with eggs!

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Homesteading Books: 4 Titles for 2021
February 22, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Are you looking for a new, good read this year? Marissa Ames, our Senior Editor at Countryside Publications, reviews four new homesteading books.

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Ask the Expert – February/March 2021

Ask our poultry experts about your flock’s health, feed, production, housing and more! Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

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