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9 Lesser-Known Facts About Chickens and Ducks

Do chickens have tonsils? Can chickens get rabies? How do ducks mate? Do questions about these facts about chickens ever keep you up awake at night?

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How To Tell the Sex of Baby Chicks

Whether at the feed store choosing day-old chicks or hatching our own, all of us would probably enjoy knowing how to tell the sex of baby chicks to determine which are cockerels and which are pullets as soon as possible. Over the past 100 years there have been many methods developed for how to tell the sex of baby chicks; some methods proved haphazard, some have proven quite effective.

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Which Brooder Heating Options are Best?
March 10, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites By Mel Dickinson — Chick brooders come in all different designs, shapes, and sizes. There are baby chick brooder ideas for each homesteader’s and farmer’s unique setup. …

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Buying and Saving with Friends — End-of-Day Hatchery Specials

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Buying leftover, bargain-chick assortments from your favorite chicken hatchery is one of the most fun-filled adventures that any poultry keeper or group of …

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?

Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp?

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Chicken Feather & Skin Development

Add to Favorites Doug Ottinger lives in northwest Minnesota with his wife, Connie. They raise chickens, ducks and geese on their small hobby farm. Doug’s educational background is in agriculture, …

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Caring For Baby Chicks with Pasty Butt
February 22, 2021 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Chick season will soon be in full swing. If you are new to having backyard chickens and just starting out caring for baby chicks, you should be aware of a potentially life-threatening, but easily treatable condition that is fairly common, affecting mainly shipped day-old chicks.

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10 Common Mistakes New Poultry Owners Make With Chicks
January 31, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Most of the mistakes people make when starting out with baby chicks can easily be avoided with a little advanced preparation. Here are 10 typical errors and how to avoid them.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Baby Chicks
January 30, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Free! Five baby chicks with each feed purchase! The deal is tempting and new chicken owners rush to the feed stores for free chick days.

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Baby Chick Health Basics: What You Need to Know
January 20, 2021 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

‘Tis the season! And, no it’s not a national holiday like Christmas, but it might as well be. It’s chick season!

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