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Do Chickens Have Feelings, Emotions, and Sentience?
July 23, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Do chickens have feelings and are they sentient? Researchers are investigating their emotions and how they express them. Although more research is required, there is clear evidence of emotions that are important to chickens’ welfare.

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What Does it Mean When a Chicken Lays a Lash Egg?
June 17, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Ever heard of a lash egg? Odds are you probably haven’t. It can be a one-time occurrence or it can be an uncommon symptom of an illness …

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Lamona Chicken: Everything You Need to Know
May 29, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Back in 1912, Harry M. Lamon, senior poultryman of the Bureau of Animal Husbandry, initiated the development of the Lamona chicken at the USDA experimental station. He wanted to produce a dual-purpose breed for the American market.

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Selective Breeding: How to Breed Chickens

For those of us who are learning how to breed chickens or teaching others how to breed chickens, you must realize that breeds of poultry cannot be maintained. Your fowl are either improving or degenerating with each passing generation.

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The Emotional Gauntlet of Raising Meat Chickens & Other Livestock
February 22, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

“You’re raising meat chickens? You horrible, heartless human.”
It’s a constant fight, isn’t it? And there are many sides on the battlefield.

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Ducks in The Vineyard
May 22, 2019 · · Poultry 101

This vineyard is distinct because it utilizes 1,600 Indian runner ducks as pest control. Yes, I did fly halfway around the world to come face-to-beak with hundreds of ducks.

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Heritage Chicken Breeds and Other Poultry
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Some of us raise poultry for fun. Others want eggs or meat. But some take activism further and save heritage chicken breeds from extinction. Modern times and …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Ducks in Suburbia
March 14, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Ducks can be charming companions in suburban backyards. As someone who never raised so much as a parakeet on her own, the idea that I could look out …

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Is Caring for Chickens a Huge Time Commitment?

Add to Favorites by Kim Ellsworth You’ve probably seen those chicks sold in hardware stores and feed outlets. They’re cute, fluffy —absolutely adorable. But if you take some home, how …

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Local Students Connect With Farm Life by Adopting Chickens

Add to Favorites By Quinn Eurich, Connecticut The barn is a sturdy 135 years old, the bales of hay are from the previous year, and the families sitting on or …

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