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Do Turkeys Need a Coop?
November 18, 2021 · · Coops

A turkey coop needs to be designed differently from a chicken coop, especially for the larger, less agile broad-breasted turkeys. Broad-breasted turkeys tend to accept coop life more readily than their heritage turkey relatives.

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All Cooped Up: Erysipelas
November 18, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Erysipelas is found worldwide and most commonly affects turkeys. Fighting, picking, and artificial insemination in birds like broad-breasted turkeys are risk factors for contracting erysipelas because they all have the potential to create lacerations.

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Breed Profile: Narragansett Turkey
November 18, 2021 · · Poultry 101

The Narragansett turkey is a heritage variety of American origin, valued for its hardiness, self-sufficiency, excellent mothering skills, and superior flavor.

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One Rooster Too Many?
November 17, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites By Gail Damerow Some chicken keepers have more than one rooster by design, others by accident. If you hatch your own chicks, or you purchase straight-run chicks from a hatchery, at least half of …

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Chicken Behavior Shows Your Birds May be Smarter Than You Think

Add to Favorites By Christine Heinrichs – As your chickens scratch for food and jockey for position in the social order, you can see that chicken behavior is purposeful. They respond …

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Breed Profile: Ameraucana Chicken
November 17, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Amercaucana chickens have tails and muffs, with eight varieties recognized in both Bantam and large fowl. Lavender Ameraucanas are a very popular newer variety that is not yet recognized by the APA or ABA.

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A Chicken Feeding Guide to Balance Diet at All Ages
November 16, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Chickens need different feed at various times in their lives and also according to gender, but what do you do when you have a mixed flock? How important is it that your chickens get the correct proportions of nutrients in their feed?

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Homemade Suet for Chickens
November 16, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Need some ideas for what to feed your backyard chickens over the winter? As the weather gets colder, the treats I feed my flock focus more on energy and warming properties instead of being cooling and hydrating like summer treats.

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Identifying and Treating Respiratory Infections In Chickens
November 16, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Respiratory infection in chickens is a serious concern, but many new flock owners tend to jump to conclusions every time a chicken sneezes. Keeping your birds healthy …

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Respiratory Distress in Chickens

Add to Favorites By Wendy E.N. Thomas, New Hampshire Abnormal breathing in a chicken could mean the bird is hot, scared or it might mean that the bird has a respiratory disease. …

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