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Sick Chicks: 7 Common Illnesses You May Encounter
June 2, 2020 · · Feed & Health

You should be aware of these common chick illnesses. While these illnesses can be scary, most can be prevented by keeping your brooder and coop clean.

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What Killed My Chicken?
May 14, 2020 · · Coops

Keep a flock for long and sooner or later you’ll be asking yourself, “What killed my chicken?” Many marauders love our backyard chickens as much as we do, and each leaves a calling card that offers a clue as to which predator you’re dealing with.

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Are Guinea Hens the Worst Moms of All?

Do guinea hens really make bad moms? Is there really a concern? What exactly is the problem with guinea hen moms, and why do people say things against these very entertaining birds that are such a benefit to have around the farm, by making negative statements about guineas

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Candling Eggs and Advanced Techniques for Artificial Incubation & Hatching

By Rob Banks, England – Candling eggs is an age-old technique that has modern applications in incubating and hatching poultry. After studying the incubation of many species and breeds it became clear to me that almost all eggs follow a similar process during incubation and hatching.

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How to Keep Your Hens Happy
April 19, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Keeping your hens happy is easy once you know what motivates their behavior. Nearly all of a chicken’s activities are motivated by three basic needs: to get enough to eat, to avoid being eaten, and to make more chickens.

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Poultry Farming Terminology – What’s in a Name?
April 11, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Whether you are new to poultry farming or you already have years of experience under your belt, you have probably at some point come across a poultry farming term that’s unfamiliar.

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Modern Tips for Hatching Eggs for Kids in Classrooms

The rules have changed.
When I was a kid, hatching eggs for kids in schools was as simple as bringing in eggs and an incubator.

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How Do Chickens Lay Eggs?

“I can’t buy your eggs anymore,” was the astonishing announcement made by a college student who had been one of my best customers. I had to know what was going on.

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Buying a Carton of Eggs? Get the Labeling Facts First
March 24, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

As backyard chicken keepers, we normally don’t have to worry about buying a carton of eggs from the store. We have the luxury of walking out to the coop and grabbing fresh eggs to use in our kitchen.

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Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens

At Backyard Poultry we get questions all the time asking for help identifying the breed of various chickens. Many times the chickens pictured are not purebred chickens at all but crossbreeds / hybrid chickens hatcheries produce for very specific purposes – such as egg production.

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