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What is the Purpose of a Dust Bath for Chickens? — Chickens in a Minute Video
July 10, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Our feathered friends clean themselves in a special way using a chicken dust bath. For first-time chicken keepers, seeing chickens taking a dust bath for the first time …

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What is Coconut Oil Good for in Chicken Husbandry?
July 10, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Is coconut oil good for chickens? How can we use it in chicken keeping? Can we feed it to them and does it help fight disease? Here I attempt to sort the facts from the maybes.

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Games for Kids and Chickens

Kids are drawn to hens, and it seems the opposite is also true — especially once backyard hens realize our small ones can serve as food dispensers, too. And kids love it when hens start to do whatever they ask.

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Differences Between Geese vs. Ducks and Other Poultry

Question some people and they may have a more difficult time distinguishing the difference between geese vs. ducks. But all of these birds actually contrast in more ways than in just their aesthetic traits.

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10 True Facts About Ducks
July 10, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Over the last few years, keeping backyard chickens has become all the rage. Whether it’s wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to go back to the basics, chicken coops are popping up in suburban backyards of families all across the country.

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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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What are Bantam Chickens vs. Standard Size Chickens? – Chickens in a Minute Video
July 7, 2021 · · Chickens 101

With backyard chickens becoming increasingly popular in smaller urban areas, flock owners have a choice between large fowl and bantams. Bantams are often the pick for these settings, but why?

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How to Feed Chickens Corn and Scratch Grains
July 7, 2021 · · Feed & Health

When I first started keeping chickens, I felt that feeding scratch grains was necessary. I don’t remember where I heard this, but I fed scratch grains with corn daily.

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Backyard Poultry August/September 2021
July 6, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry August/September 2021 — 16/4 is in homes July 15th, but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on our Coolest Coops contest, salpingitis, coop elements to keep your birds safe, the art of the feather, PLUS: Do Chickens Have Feelings?

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How to Build an Automatic Chicken Feeder
July 5, 2021 · · Feed & Health

I thought, “Why not have the animals together? The chickens could roam to their hearts content and even help keep the bugs away from the goats.” It was a good thought, at least until the next day when it was time to feed the chickens some grain.

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