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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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Twas the Night Before Christmas — Chickens Edition!

Add to Favorites With apologies to Clement C. Moore. The following should prove to all the children out there that Santa visits good chickens, too. I’ve changed some of the …

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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?
December 12, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Raising turkeys with chickens has been discouraged for years, but despite that, many homesteaders are going back to a mixed flock approach. There are some excellent benefits …

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Chicken Pecking Order — Stressful Times In The Coop
December 9, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites If you added new chicks to your flock this year, you are probably going through the steps to safely integrate them into the flock. The chicken pecking …

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Chicken Predators and Winter: Tips to Keep Your Flock Safe
December 7, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Chicken predators are always a concern for small flock owners, but the risk of attack may actually be worse in winter months. Winter is the season of privation …

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All About Light and Ornamental Goose Breeds

Add to Favorites By Christine Heinrichs – This article covers light goose breeds, as classified by the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection. In addition to two domestic goose breeds, the light goose …

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Raising American Buff Geese for Holiday Dinners

Add to Favorites By Jeannette Beranger – ALBC Research & Technical Program Manager: Our family has always had a taste for something different on the holiday table and the Christmas goose is …

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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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The Pros & Cons of Coop Heating: Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter?
November 2, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Recently, I’ve been writing about safely heating backyard chicken coops and addressing the question: Do chickens need heat in winter? In New England, we get buried under …

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The Phantom Chicken of London: Tastes Like Spooky!
October 31, 2019 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites What has feathers, a British accent and goes cluck in the night? When we booked a trip to England this past summer, I wasn’t thinking, “Hey, let’s …

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