Poultry 101

Chick and Duckling Imprinting
March 10, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Chick and duckling imprinting has important psychological effects on the individual bird and the flock, so it is important to get it right from the start.

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Tips for Raising Runner Ducks
March 8, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Keeping Runner ducks combines the benefits of raising poultry with the entertainment of watching penguin-like bowling pins forage around the yard. After dabbling in call ducks, I increased my flock to include Fawn and White Runner ducks.

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5 Things to Know about Domestic Goose Breeds

Geese are not similar to chickens and differ in many ways from ducks. Here are five items to consider when evaluating whether a goose is a good fit for your farmstead.

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10 Facts About Ducks: Are Ducks the New Chickens?
February 28, 2020 · · Kids' Corner, 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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Raising Pekin Ducks
February 26, 2020 · · Poultry 101

My husband and I decided to start raising Pekin ducks kind of on a whim. We were picking out the birds for our chicken flock and saw the ducklings on the hatchery’s site. 

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Pink Pigeons
February 25, 2020 · · Poultry 101

The decline of pink pigeons began with the arrival of humans in Mauritius, who destroyed the bird’s habitats, cutting down native vegetation until only 1.5% of the original, good-quality forest remained. By 1990 only nine birds remained.

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Exotic Pheasants at Waddesdon Manor
February 25, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Today, Waddesdon’s breeding program focuses on threatened or endangered species and has been carefully designed so that, combined with education and research, it helps to conserve the rarest species.

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Holderread’s Lost Bantam Ducks

Aztec ducks — you may have heard of them, but most have not. I certainly had no idea they existed when the opportunity to raise them fell in my lap by happenstance.

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Four Threatened Duck Breeds
February 25, 2020 · · Poultry 101

In the 1920s, mechanization of farms led to the poultry industry narrowing their interest to a few specialized hybrids which could produce a lot of meat and eggs with the biggest ROI. This regrettably led to the demise of various rare duck breeds and other niche historical livestock.

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The Secret Life of Poultry: Topper the Comeback Duck
February 22, 2020 · · Poultry 101

In July of 2019, the employees at that Tractor Supply called Lisa to come to pick up Topper. At the time no one realized how special Topper would become.

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