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Classic American Chicken Breeds
May 23, 2020 · · Chickens 101

It’s fun to consider adding some truly American chicken breeds to your backyard. These breeds are the backbone of a hardy, productive flock.

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The Jersey Giant Chicken: An Outstanding Heritage Meat Breed

What is considered the largest breed of chicken? With standard weights of 13 pounds for males and 10 pounds for females, the humble Jersey Giant chicken is the breed that comes to mind.

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Unique Among Chickens
May 19, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Every chicken breed has a unique set of attributes, but a few breeds have the distinction of being the only one of its kind. Without further ado, let’s look at some chicken breeds with distinctive features that set them apart from all others.

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Reusing Chicken Coop Trash for a More Self-Sustaining Living
May 15, 2020 · · Coops

Self-sustaining living on our farm means I try to reduce the amount of waste that the farm sends to the landfill. It’s not always easy and I try to think creatively in order to reduce the waste.

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Wondering How to Wash Fresh Eggs? It’s Safer Not To!
May 3, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Americans tend to be germaphobes, which probably explains why we need to know how to wash fresh eggs. Maybe it comes from a deeply rooted cultural mindset that “cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

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6 Basics for Chicken Coop Design
May 2, 2020 · · Coops

When thinking about basic chicken coop design, you need to consider six main things. Whether you plan to construct a high-end, designer chicken coop or something basic, you’ll need to keep your birds safe from predators.

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Can Chickens and Ducks Live Together?
April 27, 2020 · · Poultry 101

“Can chickens and ducks live together?” is one of the most common questions I get from readers. Since I’ve been raising my chickens and ducks in the same coop and run for years, my answer is always yes, but I do have a few cautions if you’re considering a mixed flock.

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Chickens and Compost: A Match Made in Heaven
April 26, 2020 · · 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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A Guide to Heat-Tolerant and Cold-Hardy Chicken Breeds
April 26, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Although it’s easier to keep chickens warm vs. cool, it’s important to choose the correct breed for your location, whether that be a cold-hardy chicken or a heat-tolerant chicken breed. Because let’s face it, the weather plays an important part in our lives.

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
April 18, 2020 · · 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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