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The History and Future of Marans Chickens

Marans chickens are synonymous with chocolate brown eggs. Marans chickens originated in the French village of the same name about 240 miles southwest of Paris or 100 miles north of Bordeaux.

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Keep Rats Out of Your Urban Chicken Coop

Add to Favorites By Maureen Mackey, Oregon Keeping chickens provides so many benefits, it’s no wonder many city-dwellers have in-stalled coops in their backyards. There is no need to live …

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How to Clean a Chicken Coop
May 23, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites When you have a small chicken coop, but especially a small coop in a SMALL backyard, you need to keep things clean. And it’s important to know …

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10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
May 17, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Have you given any thought to how fermenting chicken feed can benefit your flock of backyard chickens? Fermenting is all the rage nowadays, both in people foods (think yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, buttermilk, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, even beer and wine!) and chicken diets as well, although the process has been used for hundreds of years as a food preservation method.

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
May 6, 2021 · · Chickens 101

In the discussion of raising chickens, there have been two traditional schools of thought. The first is total free range. Usually, an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the chicken coop for roosting.

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Chickens and Compost: A Match Made in Heaven
May 6, 2021 · · Feed & Health

While compost piles are not a critical element for healthy hens, it is certainly a match made in heaven. It’s not just the extra protein the birds get from their foraging.

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How to Keep Owls Away From Chickens
April 28, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites While not the most likely of chicken predators, owls can sometimes pose a threat. Learn how to keep owls away from chickens and how to appreciate the …

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A Guide to Getting New Chicks

Add to Favorites Whether you’re starting a new flock or expanding one, spring is the time when people start to have baby chicks on the mind. It’s good to do …

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Mobile Chicken Coop Benefits
April 20, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites By Cherie Dawn Haas – When my family first brought chickens into our lives, a mobile chicken coop had not yet entered our plans. We talked to our …

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Candling Eggs and Advanced Techniques for Artificial Incubation & Hatching

By Rob Banks, England – Candling eggs is an age-old technique that has modern applications in incubating and hatching poultry. After studying the incubation of many species and breeds it became clear to me that almost all eggs follow a similar process during incubation and hatching.

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