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Selective Breeding: How to Breed Chickens

By Dr. Charles R.H. Everett 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 …

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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

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 consumerism have altered …

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

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 the window and …

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The Emotional Gauntlet of Raising Meat Chickens & Other Livestock
March 14, 2019 . · 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. Those that don’t eat meat, period. Those that …

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Is Caring for Chickens a Huge Time Commitment?

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 much time will …

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Local Students Connect With Farm Life by Adopting Chickens

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 around them in …

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Lamona Chicken: Everything You Need to Know
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Breed: Lamona chicken Origin: Beltsville, Maryland, United States. Back in 1912, Harry M. Lamon, senior poultryman of the Bureau of Animal Husbandry, initiated the development of the Lamona chicken at …

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Chicken Diseases And Your Backyard Flock

By Jen Pitino With the rapid and seemingly unstoppable spread of avian influenza across the United States in 2015, the containment and control of this disease is at the forefront of most North American flock …

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What Does it Mean When a Chicken Lays a Lash Egg?
February 22, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

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 that is actually …

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