Chickens 101

Breed Profile: Cochin Chicken

Add to Favorites Origin: The Chinese Shanghai fowl (later changed to “Cochin”) came to Great Britain and America in 1845. The earliest Cochin chickens were more or less buff in color. …

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Breed Profile: Wyandotte Chicken

Add to Favorites By Dr. Don Monke and Jonathan Patterson. Wyandotte Chicken Breed Characteristics The Wyandotte chicken breed is one of the most prominent breeds of poultry in the United …

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Empordanesa and Penedesenca Chickens

Add to Favorites By Christine Heinrichs Penedesenca chicken. Empordanesa chicken. They roll off the tongue, like guitar chords to a background of castanets. Their Spanish names are unfamiliar, but these …

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Garfield Farm and the Black Java Chicken

Add to Favorites By Ann Stewart – Increasing the population of the Black Java chicken was the primary goal for Garfield Farm. In the mid-1990s, the Java chicken was nearly extinct. …

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All About the Faverolles Chicken
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Breed of the Month: Faverolles chicken Origin: The Faverolles is a composite breed originating from crosses of Houdans, Dorkings, and Asiatics. The Faverolle chicken breed takes its …

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5 Reasons People Love Raising Chickens 
in Their Backyard

Add to Favorites “Why do you love raising chickens?” Ask any flock raiser this question and the answer will be filled with passion. Raising chickens in a backyard setting gives …

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Ayam Cemani Chicken: Totally Black Inside and Out
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Breed of the Month: Ayam Cemani Chicken The Indonesian Ayam Cemani chicken, with its unrelenting darkness, is one of the world’s most fascinating chicken breeds. Its feathers are …

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Silkie Chickens: Everything Worth Knowing

Add to Favorites Breed of the Month: Silkie chickens Origin: Silkie chickens are an ancient bantam breed most likely originating in China, although India and Java may also be their …

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Selecting the Right Chicken Breeds
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites A preview from our April/May 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry. Subscribe for more great stories like this!  Whether you’re starting a new flock or expanding one you already …

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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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