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All About Nankin Bantams

Add to Favorites By Don Cable, California — Nankin bantams are wonderful chickens for those interested in the history of poultry keeping and especially bantam breeds. Formerly known as the …

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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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Blue and Black Australorp Chicken: A Prolific Egg Layer
December 3, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Breed: Australorp Chickens Origin: Originating in Australia, the Australorp chicken breed arrived in the 1920s in America and other parts of the world. They originated from Black Orpington …

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Meet the English Pouter Pigeon
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites There are several breeds and types of pigeons, but if there were ever a supermodel pigeon, the English Pouter would be stomping down the runway during fashion …

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Guide to Domestic Goose Breeds
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Most domestic goose breeds have been developed primarily to raise for meat, although some are bred with emphasis on ornamental attributes, such as curly feathers or head …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Ducks in Suburbia
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Ducks can be charming companions in suburban backyards. As someone who never raised so much as a parakeet on her own, the idea that I could look out …

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A Primer on Hatching and Raising Chicks in School

Add to Favorites Though I am mostly a farmer now, my training is in Montessori early childhood education. Raising chicks in the classroom is like the bringing together of my two …

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Taking Control – Breeding to Establish Traits You Want in a Backyard Flock

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – If you were asked to list which characteristics make the best laying hens, what would you write down? Most people would probably choose things …

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Dealing with Chicken Mortality

Add to Favorites By Dr. Cynthia Smith, DVM, Washington As a veterinarian, I often meet people who want their dog or cat to have a litter so that the children …

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The Origins of Chicken Domestication
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Out of the 9,000 or 10,000 bird species on this planet, have you ever wondered why chickens were chosen to be our source of food, eggs, entertainment, …

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