Chickens 101

How Long Do Chickens Live? – Chickens in a Minute Video

Add to Favorites Join Backyard Poultry magazine in our video series, Chickens in a Minute, as we answer your frequently asked questions about how to raise a healthy backyard chicken flock. …

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Breed Profile: Sussex Chicken

Sussex chickens are one of the oldest English breeds known, and originated, appropriately, in the County of Sussex around the turn of the 20th century, according to the American Standard of Perfection. Bred for market, Sussex has grown in fame for its meat and its eggs.

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Fixed on Chicks
September 29, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Our daughters are smitten with each new batch of tiny puffballs. Though chicks do not lick faces or chase balls of string, they steal a child’s heart with their soft peeps and fuzzy feathers.

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Genetics of Black-Skinned Chickens
September 29, 2021 · · Chickens 101

In the Western world, there is a preference for white chicken meat, with dark meat as a second choice. Different breeds and strains are known for the production of different colors, flavors, and textures of meat. A modern Cornish Cross is almost all white meat, including legs and thighs. Breeds such as the Buckeye are known for production of darker meat.

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3 Tips to Help Molting Chickens
September 20, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites It’s autumn. Time for comfy sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything and … vacation? For backyard chickens across the country, shorter days often signal time for a break. Molting chickens …

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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
September 20, 2021 · · Chickens 101

I couldn’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than starting your own backyard chicken flock. This next year is going to bring you mixed feelings of eagerness and anxiety with hopefully the culmination of happiness and joy.

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Therapy Chickens Combat Isolation and Loneliness

The therapeutic value of taking dogs to visit hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes is well known. Even docile cats are now sometimes used as therapy animals, providing companionship, confidence, and a feeling of well-being to people in need.

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Chickens as Pets: 5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Breeds
September 15, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Raising a flock of backyard chickens as pets with “benefits” is a fun, fulfilling activity that the whole family can get involved in. Kids love to help collect eggs, refill feeders and waterers, and watch the chickens chase bugs in the yard.

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Six Sustainable Hens
September 14, 2021 · · Chickens 101

American Plymouth Rocks, Asiatic Cochins, English Cornish, Mediterranean Leghorns, Continental Polish, and the Games are still leaders in small flocks, exhibition, and the hearts of all who keep them.

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The Historical Impact of Standard Breeds
September 14, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Standard breeds carry their strength, hardiness, and beauty from the past into the future. The first breeds to be recognized back in the American Poultry Association’s first Standard in 1874 came through the devastation of the Civil War to provide food, income, and inspiration to a struggling nation.

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