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The Endocrine System of a Chicken

Add to Favorites By Thomas L. Fuller, New York I hope the illustrated chicken models of Hank and Henrietta have informed you of what makes our feathered friends “tick,” as …

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A Vocabulary List Built Just for Chicken Owners
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites My substitution for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Fitness, and Harper’s magazines were always easy: Strombergs, Murray McMurray Hatchery and Holderread Waterfowl. These magazines would keep me occupied for not …

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Sex-Links and the W Chromosome

Add to Favorites For years, sex-linkage in fowl has been a well-known and fairly well-understood fact. All birds have a “ZZ/ZW” sex- chromosome system. That is, males have two Z …

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Chicken DNA, Part 2: Genetics, Genomes, Genomics & More

Add to Favorites CHICKEN DNA, PART 2 This is the second in a six-part series on poultry genetics by Doug Ottinger. The third article coming in the June-July issue will …

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Chicken DNA — Part I

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger, Minnesota Genetics. If you are already bored by the first word of this article, don’t worry. Most likely, you are in good company. There …

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Can Chickens Make You Sick?

Backyard chicken keeping is at an all-time high. Chickens are really the easiest livestock to add to your homestead – they are the gateway livestock. But should you be worried about chickens getting you sick?

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How Resilient Are Chickens?

Add to Favorites By Linda White-Francis, Florida When the behemoth Pasco County truck pulled away, I turned to my husband in tears, not knowing whether to be happy or sad because …

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Local Students Connect With Farm Life by Adopting Chickens

Add to Favorites By Quinn Eurich, Connecticut The barn is a sturdy 135 years old, the bales of hay are from the previous year, and the families sitting on or …

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A Storybook Life of a Polish Chicken

Add to Favorites By Tamara Staples, New York — Jan Brett is an author and illustrator of dozens of children’s books. Each book, with its intricate illustrations and colorful stories about …

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Tips for Helping Your Poultry Flock Through A Spring Feather Molt

Add to Favorites By Jen Pitino, Idaho Conventional chicken keeping wisdom dictates that annual molting occurs at the end of summer or the early fall, when daylight hours shorten and temperatures …

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