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 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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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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Pecking Away at Climate Change
January 14, 2021 · · Feed & Health

The three climate issues that affect chickens’ welfare are temperature, humidity, and insect availability for foraging, especially for free-range chickens. Climate change has become a priority on the homestead.

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Backyard Poultry February/March 2021
December 30, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry February/March 2021 — 16/1 is in homes January 14th, but digital subscribers and All-Access Members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on lunar New Year celebrations, how Covid-19 affected chicken owners last year, plants toxic to chickens, and treating common chick ailments.

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Backyard Poultry December 2020/January 2021
October 23, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry December 2020/January 2021 — 15/6 is in-home November 12th, but Backyard Poultry digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on the dangers of heat lamps, Mycoplasma, keeping chickens during climate change, and a history of eggnog.

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Ask the Expert December 2020/January 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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Aspergillosis
October 20, 2020 · · Flock Files

Aspergillosis, also known as mycotic pneumonia, is a fungal disease resulting from the inhalation of mold spores. The spores may come from contaminated bedding, feed, dust, or even air ducts and hatching equipment.

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Ask the Expert October/November 2020

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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Poultry Veterinarians
September 5, 2020 · · Feed & Health

To find the best practitioner for your flock, it helps to understand what a poultry veterinarian does, and how this type of veterinarian fits into your homestead life.

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