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Will a Broody Hen Adopt Ducklings?

When Helen Redfern moved from the city to the countryside, she started keeping ducks, then chickens. The ducks insisted on sleeping outdoors rather than in a coop and were taken by foxes at night.

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Chicken Behavior Shows Your Birds May be Smarter Than You Think

Add to Favorites By Christine Heinrichs – As your chickens scratch for food and jockey for position in the social order, you can see that chicken behavior is purposeful. They respond …

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Hatching Duck Eggs: When Fertile Eggs Don’t Hatch
July 31, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

I recently ventured into hatching duck eggs, an area that I had previously avoided ever since we started keeping ducks. Not only am I allowing Margarita, our broody duck to sit on fertile eggs, I am actually encouraging it.

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Hatching Duck Eggs
July 30, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Hatching duck eggs is an awe-inspiring experience. Since domestic duck breeds rarely go broody (i.e. sit on fertile eggs until they hatch), using an incubator is generally your best bet.

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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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The Brahma Chicken – Raising a Large Breed
June 17, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Many people ask me what is the best backyard chicken breed to raise. For me, my favorite has long been the Brahma chicken.

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Chickens as Pets: 5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Breeds

Raising a flock of backyard chickens as pets with “benefits” is a fun, fulfilling activity that the whole family can get involved in. Kids love to help collect eggs, refill feeders and waterers, and watch the chickens chase bugs in the yard.

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Wild Chickens in Hawaii, California and the Florida Keys
June 9, 2020 · · Chickens 101

How did the wild chickens in Hawaii and other states become feral? A combination of accident, incident and evolution.

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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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Baby Chick Health Basics: What You Need to Know

Add to Favorites ‘Tis the season! And, no it’s not a national holiday like Christmas, but it might as well be. It’s chick season! Those adorable balls of fluff are …

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