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Chicken Myths, Busted

Add to Favorites By Robert Pekel, Arkansas The demand for fresh, nourishing food free of chemicals is accelerating. Small backyard chicken flocks are a clean, healthy source of eggs and …

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The First Two Weeks of a Chicken’s Life

Add to Favorites By Romie Holl, Wisconsin I have wanted chickens for a while now for the eggs and meat. They provide the added benefit of eating bugs and ticks …

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Busting 7 Myths About Medicated Chick Starters
March 10, 2021 · · Feed & Health

It’s the time of year again to buy feed for the new chicks you’ve just purchased. You’re walking down the feed aisle of your favorite farm supply store.

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Chick Nutrition – Start to Finish
March 8, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing what to feed baby chicks is a critical first step to giving them a fighting chance. Precocial as they may be, chicks are still vulnerable to …

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?

Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp?

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Chicken Feather & Skin Development

Add to Favorites Doug Ottinger lives in northwest Minnesota with his wife, Connie. They raise chickens, ducks and geese on their small hobby farm. Doug’s educational background is in agriculture, …

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Getting Ready for Spring Chicks
March 4, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites If you have your heart set on a particular breed or variety of poultry, the best time to place your order is in early January, or as …

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What Does Blood in Chicken Eggs Mean?
March 4, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites When you raise your own flock of backyard chickens long enough, you will likely encounter all kinds of odd eggs, including blood in chicken eggs. From tiny fairy …

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Will a Broody Hen Adopt Ducklings?

When Helen Redfern moved from the city to the countryside, she started keeping ducks, then chickens. The ducks insisted on sleeping outdoors rather than in a coop and were taken by foxes at night.

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Raising Pekin Ducks
March 3, 2021 · · Poultry 101

My husband and I decided to start raising Pekin ducks kind of on a whim. We were picking out the birds for our chicken flock and saw the ducklings on the hatchery’s site. 

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