heritage-chicken-breeds

Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
June 7, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death is a very real danger to chickens when temperatures rise. They don’t sweat like humans do, and are somewhat limited in their ability to cool down.

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The History and Future of Marans Chickens

Marans chickens are synonymous with chocolate brown eggs. Marans chickens originated in the French village of the same name about 240 miles southwest of Paris or 100 miles north of Bordeaux.

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Black Australorp Breed Profile
June 6, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites The Black Australorp is one of the heritage chicken breeds we choose to keep. I have found heritage chicken breeds to be hardier than standard breeds. It’s …

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Choosing the Best 4-H Show Chickens
April 22, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Poultry is one of the most popular projects in 4-H and I often get asked how to choose the best show chickens. Why is the poultry project so popular?

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Breed Profile: Dorking Chicken
April 21, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Dorking chicken is one of our ultra rare chicken breeds with a long heritage: an excellent mother and forager with an adorable nature. Dorking chicken egg color may be just white, but their plumage comes in various beautiful colors.

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Breed Profile: Egyptian Fayoumi Chicken
April 5, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Egyptian Fayoumi chickens are tough and thrifty birds with remarkable disease resistance and heat tolerance. They are highly fertile and good layers.

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How to Tell the Sex of Baby Chicks

Whether at the feed store choosing day-old chicks or hatching our own, all of us would probably enjoy knowing how to tell the sex of baby chicks to determine which are cockerels and which are pullets as soon as possible. Over the past 100 years there have been many methods developed for how to tell the sex of baby chicks; some methods proved haphazard, some have proven quite effective.

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Breed Profile: Langshan Chicken
March 1, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Langshan chicken is a hardy, dual-purpose bird from China that lays purple-brown eggs and is well adapted to damp conditions.

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Breed Profile: Plymouth Rock Chicken
March 1, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Plymouth Rock chickens are hardy and friendly dual-purpose chickens developed in the United States. Barred Rocks make adorable backyard companions!

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Breed Profile: Cornish Chicken
January 16, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Cornish chicken is a heritage breed, in contrast to the hybrids used for “Cornish hen,” Cornish Rock and commercial broiler products. This slow-growing bird maintains natural breeding and foraging abilities.

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