About the Author

Steph Merkle

Steph Merkle is the Digital Content & Community Director for Countrysde. She tends to her raised bed gardens, raises a mixed flock of egg layers, and keeps honey bees on her four acres in southeastern Wisconsin. As a Colorado native, Steph spent her childhood in the remote San Luis Valley, the largest agricultural alpine valley in the United States. Growing up in the valley made Steph appreciate the scarcity of water in a semi-arid climate and the mounting demands on this limited resource. Steph spent her summers working as a landscaper focused on xeriscaping practices as well as lending a hand on her grandparents’ tree nursery. Steph enjoys traveling as far and wide as her pocketbook allows and spending time with her husband and two young children.
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Articles by Steph Merkle

Our Coolest Coops Photo Contest is Back — Starts May 4th
May 1, 2020 · · Coops, Giveaways

Grand Prize Winner — as chosen by the Backyard Poultry editorial staff — will receive a ChickSafe Eco Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener from Brinsea, prominent placement in the August / September 2020 issue of Backyard Poultry, a commemorative coop sign, and a copy of Reinventing the Chicken Coop from our bookstore.

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2020 Spring Poultry Giveaway – Enter Each Week!
April 5, 2020 · · Giveaways

Treat your flock to something special while getting a little something for you, too. Enter weekly to win, and every week you enter, you will also get an extra entry toward the grand prize week!

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Zachariah’s Acres
March 3, 2020 · · Coops

Tucked into the rural folds of southeastern Wisconsin, you’ll find an extraordinary place called Zachariah’s Acres (ZA). ZA connects children and young adults with special needs to nature and agriculture on its universally designed 48-acre campus. The campus boasts rows of raised bed gardens, orchards, apiaries, walking trails, greenhouses, butterfly gardens, fishing ponds, and yes, chickens.

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Download our Free Poultry Guides
October 2, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Need some support with your flock? Take a look in one of our helpful poultry guides!

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Sweeter Heater 15% Off
September 11, 2019 · · Partner Perks

Sweeter Heater is offering Backyard Poultry Members 15% off their 11 x 40 model and you’ll get free shipping!

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Buy One Fresh Frenzy Get One 50% Off
September 10, 2019 · · Partner Perks

Happy Hens is proud to partner with Backyard Poultry to offer a buy one get one 50% off deal!

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How to Connect with Our Poultry Experts
September 3, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

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. …

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Poultry Guide Collection
September 3, 2019 · · Members Only

Need some support with your flock? Take a look in one of our helpful poultry guides!

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Score up to $2200 in Prizes During the Spring Poultry Sweepstakes!
April 2, 2019 · · Giveaways

Treat your flock to something special while getting a little something for you, too. Enter weekly to win, and every week you enter, you will also get an extra entry toward the grand prize week!

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