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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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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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3 Tips to Help Molting Chickens
September 27, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites It’s autumn. Time for comfy sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything and … vacation? For backyard chickens across the country, shorter days often signal time for a break. Molting chickens …

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A Quick Guide to Buying Ducks
September 21, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Whether you are expanding your duck flock, adding to your chicken flock or are brand new to backyard duck keeping, buying ducks is fairly straightforward, but there are a …

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Can Chickens Eat Pumpkin?
September 17, 2019 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites A pumpkin chicken treat is no trick. Can chickens eat pumpkin? Yes. It is a healthy source of vitamins, minerals, protein, and calcium, that the chickens love, …

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