Chickens 101

Twas the Night Before Christmas — Chickens Edition!

With apologies to Clement C. Moore. The following should prove to all the children out there that Santa visits good chickens, too. I’ve changed some of the words, but I’m …

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Chicken Clothes for Halloween and Christmas

By Wendy E.N. Thomas – Olivia Dougherty, who lives in Delaware, Maryland, created her chicken clothes for a contest, sponsored by Cooptastic, one of the nation’s premier educational conferences dedicated …

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The Economics of Egg Farming

By Bill Hyde, Happy Farm, LLC, Colorado — When I started egg farming, I kept track of my costs. The numbers surprised me. Turning a profit leaves a lot of …

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A Touch of Dutch in Welsummer Chickens

By William Morrow – Welsummer chickens, or Welsumer as it is spelled in its homeland of Holland, were introduced to an international audience for the first time in 1921 at the World …

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How to Order Baby Chicks in the Mail
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

So you want to start raising backyard chickens? And you want to start out with cute, fuzzy chicks? Of course, you do. You can either purchase them from another farm, …

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Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens

By Don Schrider – At Backyard Poultry we get questions all the time asking for help identifying the breed of various chickens. Many times the chickens pictured are not purebred …

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How to Hatch Chicken Eggs

By Don Schrider – It is time to begin preparations for breeding and collecting eggs for hatching. Anyone can have great success in learning how to hatch chicken eggs; all …

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The Jersey Giant Chicken: An Outstanding Heritage Meat Breed

By Don Schrider — What is considered the largest breed of chicken? With standard weights of 13 pounds for males and 10 pounds for females, the humble Jersey Giant chicken is …

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The Dutch Bantam Chicken: A True Bantam Breed

By Laura Haggarty The Dutch bantam chicken is said to have originated in the Netherlands. However, historical documents from Europe tell us that the breed was brought into the Netherlands …

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Frizzle Chickens: Unusual Eye Candy in a Flock

A standard Polish is compared to the Frizzle. By Laura Haggarty – One of the more unusual-looking chickens you may run across is the Frizzle chicken. Frizzle chickens are not so …

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