backyard-poultry

Saving an American Icon — Raising Turkeys

Erin Krier planned to get her kids started with a dairy cow when she attended her first 4-H meeting. She left the meeting as poultry leader.
Although she holds a master’s degree in crop science, she didn’t have any poultry experience.

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Buckeye Chickens: An All-American Breed

No chicken breed is perfect, but many Buckeye chicken breeders figure they have come close enough with their breed. Breeders extol the virtues of vigor, resilience and disease resistance in a brown egg layer that grows to a solid size.

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Top 10 Best Chickens for Eggs

If you’re in the business of selling eggs, it’s important to have the best chickens for eggs. Whether they’re green, brown or white, those eggs are the commodity you’re selling so they’ve got to be top-notch and plentiful.

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How to Hatch Chicken Eggs

It is time to begin preparations for breeding and collecting eggs for hatching. Anyone can have great success in learning how to hatch chicken eggs; all that is necessary is to provide good conditions that work in accord with the nature of the birds, and the cycle of reproduction. So where do we begin?

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Keeping Show Chickens Healthy
June 16, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Show chickens are hugely entertaining. Fun, as they may be, keeping and exhibiting show chicken breeds can be more involved than keeping run-of-the-mill egg layers.

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How to Raise Ducklings

Did you know that duck eggs are not only larger than chicken eggs, they’re also higher in fat, which means that your baked goods will raise higher and taste richer. If you’re thinking of adding a few ducks to your backyard, you’ll want to learn how to raise ducklings.

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Busting 7 Myths About Medicated Chick Starters
June 3, 2020 · · Feed & Health

It’s the time of year again to buy feed for the new chicks you’ve just purchased. You’re walking down the feed aisle of your favorite farm supply store.

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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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Small and Useful Bantam Chickens

Bantam chickens are the introduction to chickens for a lot of people. They aren’t a breed, but an entire set of chicken breeds.

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