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4 Lessons Learned Raising Meat Chickens
July 14, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

I knew this already; I grew up on a farm. I’ve seen Food, Inc. and read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I know the difference between raising egg layers, dual-purpose chickens, and …

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Two Chicken Coop Sheds We Love

Chicken Coop Shed #1 By Stephanie Thomas – In 2005 both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. Life definitely changed, and not really for the best. I am a …

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Buckeye Chickens: An All-American Breed

By Christine Henrichs – 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 …

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5 Reasons to Start Raising Quail
June 27, 2019 . · Poultry 101

While quail certainly aren’t as popular as chickens, their advantages to both rural and urban farms cannot be more underscored. Raising quail is also easy, and since they are less …

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Do’s and Don’ts When Protecting Chickens from Predators
June 8, 2019 . · Coops

Besides providing basic care for your flock, protecting chickens from predators tops the must-do list for a chicken keeper. When thinking about the onslaught of predators your chickens may face, …

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Buk-buk-buk! What Do Those Chicken Noises Mean?
June 3, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Chicken noises comprise a language that poultry use to express their emotions and their intentions, as well as warning of different types of danger. Read how to understand their calls better.

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The History and Future of Marans Chickens

By William Morrow – 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 …

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Chicken Behavior Shows Your Birds May be Smarter Than You Think

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 to changing conditions, …

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Beautiful Bantams: Black Cochins and Silver Spangled Hamburgs

By Grace McCain, Oklahoma The comparison of Silver Spangled Hamburgs and Black Cochins is proof that there is variety in the world of bantam chicken breeds, and that there is …

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Chicken Mites & Northern Fowl Mites: Controlling Infestations

By Laura E. John – The goal of most poultry flock owners is to reap all of the benefits from their investments of time, money and labor. An essential step …

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