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The Secret Life of Poultry: Bird Surrogacy
April 29, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Legend has it that when I was young, we were the proud owners of a surrogate poultry mom. That chicken found herself with ten ducklings and more than a small dose of confusion.

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Homes for Hens

Through the nonprofit Homes for Hens, Shelly Jagger works with five farmers in the United Kingdom to adopt hundreds of laying hens in a single day.

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Olandsk Dwarf Chickens
April 29, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Originally found on the small island called Olands, off the coast of Sweden, this lightweight landrace breed displays a beautiful combination of red, black, gray, brown, and white multicolored feathers.

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How to Dispose of Dead Chickens and Other Poultry
April 29, 2020 · · Feed & Health

We’ve had our share of illnesses and deaths. The carnage left behind a decision regarding disposal. It’s not as simple as burying them. There are major factors to consider.

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Will Chickens Make the Next Cancer Medicine?
April 29, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Recent research at the Roslin Institute concerns chicken eggs that contain human proteins that can help fight certain types of cancer as well as heal damaged tissues.

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Rooster vs. Hen: Know Before They Crow
April 29, 2020 · · Chickens 101

How do you tell apart a baby rooster vs baby hen? Several methods can determine rooster vs hen traits (including some which are breed-specific).

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Helping Kids Cope with the Loss of Backyard Hens

Sometimes things happen. And this miserable downside of keeping hens — dealing with their deaths — can be dramatic, sudden, and maybe even traumatic for kids.

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Taking a Break with Chickens

At this time, in America, the Great Depression was in “full swing,” bringing many changes to our lives. Raising chickens might be an easy way of getting my hands on some money. How hard could raising chickens be?

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All About Araucana Chickens

The Araucana chicken has some bizarre features; they are rumpless and have ear tufts. Oh yes, and they lay blue eggs. These rumpless birds are missing more than just tail feathers; they are missing the entire coccyx.

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Raising Ducklings Eventually Leads To Combining Flocks

If there’s one thing most waterfowl experts agree on when discussing raising ducklings and how to introduce ducklings to older ducks, it might be this: AIEEEEEEEEEEE!

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