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

The Emotional Gauntlet of Raising Meat Chickens and Other Livestock
July 19, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

“You’re raising meat chickens? You horrible, heartless human.”
It’s a constant fight, isn’t it? And there are many sides on the battlefield.

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Backyard Poultry June/July 2022
April 25, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry June/July 2022 — 17/3 is in homes May 12th but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on Avian Flu 2022, summer pests in chickens, improving a home egg business, and Swedish Flower Hens. PLUS: Erminettes, a breed previously thought to be lost!

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Backyard Poultry April/May 2022
February 22, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry April/May 2022 — 17/2 is in homes March 10th, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on caring for ducks, nutrition facts for chicken and duck eggs, going green with poultry and manure, options for illness and culling, plus a breed profile of the Ancona chicken.

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Backyard Poultry February/March 2022
December 27, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry February/March 2022 — 17/1 is in homes January 13th, 2022, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on shipping chicks and ducklings, blindness in poultry and hens on hospice, the composition within a bag of poultry feed, and how allergens in soy and other feedstuffs may transfer into meat and eggs.

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Ask the Expert December 2021/January 2022

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 December 2021/January 2022
November 9, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry December 2021/January 2022 — 16/6 is in homes on November 10th but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on The 12 Days of Christmas, the right light for laying hens, new breeds offered at hatcheries, and planning new flocks. PLUS: how to make marshmallows, meringues, and divinity!

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Ask the Expert October/November 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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Ask the Expert – Special Issue 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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Poultry Veterinarians
September 1, 2021 · · 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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Backyard Poultry October / November 2021
August 27, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry October/November 2021 — 16/5 is in homes September 23rd, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on turkeys and geese, rodents that can be a problem for backyard chickens, and Squirt: the pigeon that hatched a chicken.

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