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The Dorking Chicken and Other Classic Breeds

Most of the 200 breeds and varieties of chickens that were once common on farms are now considered rare. Including a breed that is part of our history in your poultry operation gives your flock a role in historic preservation and genetic diversity.

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How to Make a Chicken Swing
September 23, 2019 · · Coops

Do you need to know how to make a chicken swing for your flock? They have a large run, a substantial and well-built coop, and plenty to eat.

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Ducks in The Vineyard
May 22, 2019 · · Poultry 101

This vineyard is distinct because it utilizes 1,600 Indian runner ducks as pest control. Yes, I did fly halfway around the world to come face-to-beak with hundreds of ducks.

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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
May 20, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How To Administer the Marek’s Vaccine to Poultry Chicks

Add to Favorites By Laura Haagerty — Do you know the proper way to administer the Marek’s vaccine to your chicks? Marek’s disease is very prevalent everywhere there is poultry, and …

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Dealing with Chicken Mortality

Add to Favorites By Dr. Cynthia Smith, DVM, Washington As a veterinarian, I often meet people who want their dog or cat to have a litter so that the children …

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Can Chickens Make You Sick?

Add to Favorites By Don Schrider, West Virginia Backyard chicken keeping is at an all-time high. Many people add hens as a part of producing their own food. The chickens can provide free …

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Poultry Breeds…What Are They, Anyway?

Add to Favorites By D.P. Sponenberg – Breeds are important for many reasons. A main contribution of breeds is to organize the variation in a species into different genetic packages so …

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How to Find the Best Caretaker for Your Backyard Chickens
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites It takes a village to go on vacation. Especially if you have a garden, livestock or chickens. Automatic waterers and over-sized feeders prevent problems but they can’t …

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The Dutch Bantam Chicken: A True Bantam Breed

Add to Favorites By Laura Haggarty The Dutch bantam chicken is said to have originated in the Netherlands. However, historical documents from Europe tell us that the breed was brought …

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