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Caring For Baby Chicks with Pasty Butt
January 26, 2020 · · 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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8 Interesting Features of the Silkie Chicken Breed
January 6, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Silkies are distinctly different from any other chicken breed. They share a unique combination of genetic and behavioral features. In 2003, a group of Japanese researchers mapped the mitochondrial DNA of a Silkie to determine the breed’s genetic position in relation to other birds in the genus Gallus.

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A Few Dos And Don’ts When Winter Sets
December 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites By Don Schrider, West Virginia Before I go too far, let’s take a look at how nature has prepared our feathered friends to survive and basic poultry behavior. Feathers …

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12 Days of Christmas — Meaning Behind the Birds

Add to Favorites By Christine Henrichs – Understanding the 12 Days of Christmas meaning adds something special to this favorite traditional carol. Its repeating verses make it fun to learn the list …

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How To Get NPIP Certified
December 10, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing how to get NPIP certified is key to taking your poultry hobby to the next level. Many of us sell eggs off the farm, and some …

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Guinea Fowl Care: Housing and Winter Survival
November 26, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites By Jeannette Ferguson, Guinea Fowl Breeders Association (GFBA) President Photographs by members of the GFBA Guinea fowl that are trained to roost inside a shelter at night will …

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Heated Chicken Waterers: What’s Right for Your Flock
November 18, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Every season brings its own battles. In the summer, you are fighting the heat, heat strokes, perhaps, lack of water, inability to keep water cool, flies, etc. …

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Time to Start Winterizing Chicken Coops

Add to Favorites By Robyn Scherer, M. Agr., Colorado Is it time to start winterizing chicken coops? Snowflakes softly fall to the ground, and an icy breeze cuts through the …

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A Guide to Common Duck Diseases
September 30, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Domestic duck breeds are generally extremely hardy and don’t often get sick as long as they are fed a healthy diet, given plenty of room to exercise …

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50+ Surprising Chicken Nesting Box Ideas
September 9, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites New flock owners are always on the hunt for creative chicken nesting box ideas, so we asked our Backyard Poultry readers to share their suggestions, pictures, and advice! …

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