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From Backyards to Factory Farms: The Evolution of Poultry Farming in America
October 12, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites “The evolution of the chicken industry over the past century has simply been an extraordinary demonstration of the power of science to transform our daily lives,” says …

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Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens

At Backyard Poultry we get questions all the time asking for help identifying the breed of various chickens. Many times the chickens pictured are not purebred chickens at all but crossbreeds / hybrid chickens hatcheries produce for very specific purposes – such as egg production.

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10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
October 12, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Have you given any thought to how fermenting chicken feed can benefit your flock of backyard chickens? Fermenting is all the rage nowadays, both in people foods (think yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, buttermilk, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, even beer and wine!) and chicken diets as well, although the process has been used for hundreds of years as a food preservation method.

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The Long Line of Brown Leghorns

Add to Favorites By Don Schrider, West Virginia – When we first get into poultry, discovering all these breeds is a great pleasure. For many of us, that joy turns into …

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How to Make Deviled Eggs: 3 Deviled Eggs Recipes We Love

Need some ideas for how to make deviled eggs for your next party or holiday? We’ve gathered three of our favorite recipes for making deviled eggs, just for you!

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Is Feeding Chickens Scraps from the Kitchen Safe?
September 29, 2021 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Feeding chickens scraps from the kitchen is a great way to give them healthy treats and make sure your leftovers don’t go to waste. Next time you clean out your refrigerator, scrape the dinner plates or bring home leftovers from dinner out, why not set some aside for your flock?

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Special Issue: Raising Small Animals — The Homestead Chicken, Housing Your Flock
September 27, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank What is a Chicken Coop? It’s simply a structure which gives your flock shelter from weather and predators. Have you ever picked up a …

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How to Help Your Chickens Maintain a Healthy Digestive System
September 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing some basic chicken digestive system facts can make us better stewards of our feathered friends. Chickens don’t eat or digest in the same way we do, …

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No Jolt During The Molt: Chicken Care in 7 Steps
September 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Lana Beckard, Nutrena® Poultry Expert – Ready or not, here comes the molt. Chickens shedding feathers and a drop in egg production in the fall are good indicators that your birds are going through molt.

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Mitigating Ammonia: Your Options in Poultry Litter Treatment
September 20, 2021 · · Coops

Some of us keep our beloved birds in precarious situations. I don’t mean we necessarily put them in direct danger, but the very idea of us keeping backyard chickens in an otherwise urban environment can be a precarious peace-keeping mission.

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