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Empordanesa and Penedesenca Chickens

Penedesenca and Empordanesa chickens. They roll off the tongue, like guitar chords to a background of castanets. Their Spanish names are unfamiliar, but these breeds could be perfect for a hot weather climate.

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Rooster Comb Care

The comb, believe it or not, has more function than form when it comes to chickens. It’s more than a fancy top hat or proof of superiority. It’s actually a tool chickens use to cool off because they cannot sweat.

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Types of Chicken Combs
October 6, 2022 · · Feed & Health

While there are nine types of chicken combs recognized, Dr. Brigid McCrea says children and backyard hobbyists who are interested in genetics would find the results of breeding different combs very interesting.

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Rabbit and Chicken Frostbite Prevention Methods
October 6, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Rabbit and chicken frostbite occurrences are preventable. Adopting good cold-weather management for your small livestock buildings will go a long way to preventing rabbit and chicken frostbite in the first place.

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Comb-To-Toe Checkup for Chicken Ailments
October 6, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Can you recognize chicken ailments before it’s too late? Performing regular checkups can identify and ward off problems before they become worse.

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Feathers Hard and Soft
October 5, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Feathers vary on different breeds. They may be hard or soft, held close to the body, like Brahmas, or loosely, like Cochins.

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Genetics of the Black Skinned Chicken
October 5, 2022 · · Chickens 101

In the Western world, there is a preference for white chicken meat, with dark meat as a second choice. Different breeds and strains are known for the production of different colors, flavors, and textures of meat. A modern Cornish Cross is almost all white meat, including legs and thighs. Breeds such as the Buckeye are known for production of darker meat.

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Chicken Feather and Skin Development

Feathers are actually a very complex part of the bird; the development of the feathers and the feather follicles is extremely involved.

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A Guide to Clipping Chicken Wings
October 5, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Clipping chicken wings is a good skill to have if you’re going to raise backyard chickens. Unlike humans, who periodically get a haircut, shave, and nail trim, most chickens are pretty well equipped to take care of their own trims.

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Help Your Chicks Grow Healthy Feathers
October 5, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Feathers provide temperature control and protect from the elements. Learn how to help your birds grow healthy plumage.

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