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The Realities of Guinea Fowl Care

Owning guinea fowl can be uplifting … or cause problems with the neighbors!

When an old friend, Roy Miller, invited us to camp on his field in Lincolnshire, he didn’t mention the bird life, so it was an unexpected delight to be greeted by a flock of guinea fowl on arrival.

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Meet the Top 15 Best Brown Egg Layers
December 31, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Brown egg laying hens consistently appear on best egg layer lists and can be the backbone of a productive backyard flock, many laying more than 200 eggs …

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Backyard Poultry February/March 2021
December 30, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry February/March 2021 — 16/1 is in homes January 14th, but digital subscribers and All-Access Members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on lunar New Year celebrations, how Covid-19 affected chicken owners last year, plants toxic to chickens, and treating common chick ailments.

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Call Ducks
December 30, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Originally, Call ducks were decoy birds whose loud call attracted wild birds down where hunters could shoot them. As duck hunting has declined in popularity, Call breeders found a new way to keep the breed alive. They kept them cute.

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Counting Chicks

Chickens capable of doing even basic math? The idea seems absurd, yet, recent research suggests that they may indeed be capable of this. Read on to find out more about the numerical abilities discovered in chickens. 

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Grains of Truth in Chicken Mythology

Seeing is believing, as the old saying goes, but I was so skeptical that I wasn’t even looking. Chicken owners told me stories about hens that would adopt chicks anytime, anywhere.

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Fixed on Chicks
December 30, 2020 · · 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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Tips for Naturally Brooding Heritage Turkeys
December 30, 2020 · · Poultry 101

With self-sufficiency gaining popularity, you may be considering expanding your flock beyond just chickens. Why not add heritage turkeys to your farm?

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Disabled and Keeping Chickens

While keeping chickens is not intense physical work, there are definite aspects that can require some re-thinking if you have a disability.

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Small is the Next Big Thing
December 30, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

The coronavirus pandemic showed how important small flocks are to production as well as breed conservation. Small flocks, like vegetable gardens, give their keepers a measure of self-sufficiency. You’ll always have eggs!

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