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The Economics of Egg Farming

When I started egg farming, I kept track of my costs. The numbers surprised me. Turning a profit leaves a lot of factors to consider.

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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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Can Chickens Eat Oatmeal?
December 8, 2019 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites Can chickens eat oatmeal? Yes. They certainly can! Oatmeal for chickens is one of my favorite treats to serve my flock in the winter. Warm oatmeal for …

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How Blue Eggs Get Their Color
December 5, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites Growing up in New England,  I lived across the street from my grandparents’ chicken farm. I am not sure which chicken breeds they raised, so I don’t …

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What is a Heritage Turkey and What Does Hormone-Free Mean?
November 25, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites How can you ensure you purchase a hormone-free turkey this year? What is a heritage turkey, and why is it so expensive for being so small? Are …

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How Snow in Chicken Pens and Runs Affects Your Flock
November 19, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites My chickens love being outside. I keep a light in the coop to welcome them inside during bad weather, when it gets dark early and the rain …

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A Guide to Duck Shelters for Winter
November 7, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites With their double coat of waterproof feathers over thick, warm fluffy down and a layer of body fat, ducks (regardless of duck breeds) are exceedingly cold-hardy. They …

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Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens

Add to Favorites By Don Schrider – At Backyard Poultry we get questions all the time asking for help identifying the breed of various chickens. Many times the chickens pictured …

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How Much Do Chickens Cost?
September 29, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Everyone is looking for a bargain, and raising chickens for eggs is the second rung on the homesteading ladder. The first is growing your own veggies. But how …

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How to Raise Ducks in Your Backyard
September 29, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites By Dave Holderread – If you want an economical and steady supply of homegrown eggs that are nutritious and tasty, you’ll need a flock of backyard chickens, …

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