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Will a Broody Hen Adopt Ducklings?

By Susie Kearley – 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 …

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Spring Chicken Breed Directory

By Christine Heinrichs, California BANTAMS Nankin Nankins have a unique black-tailed red color pattern. Males are ginger red color with orange red hackles and saddle. Their tails and wings are …

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Sex-Links and the W Chromosome

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 sex chromosomes in …

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Chicken DNA — Part I

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 are a lot …

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Are Bantams Real Chickens?

 Story and Photos By Don Schrider, West Virginia The History of the Bantam The word “Bantam” is derived from a major Indonesian seaport on the western side of the Island …

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Get to Know the Cream Legbar: A Beautiful Blue Egg Layer

By Paul Bradshaw, Florida In the past few years, a number of new and exciting chicken breeds have been imported into America, but none more than the Cream Legbar chicken …

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Therapy Chickens Combat Isolation and Loneliness

By Susie Kearley – The therapeutic value of taking dogs to visit hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes is well known. Even docile cats are now sometimes used …

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The Phantom Chicken of London: Tastes Like Spooky!
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

What has feathers, a British accent and goes cluck in the night? When we booked a trip to England this past summer, I wasn’t thinking, “Hey, let’s check out some …

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The Edible Egg: Facts and Facets of World Cuisine
March 13, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

When it comes to eggs, facts are right in front of us: they’re healthy, full of protein, and delicious. They’re also economical and easy to prepare. These factors combine to …

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The Evolution of Turkey Farming

By Doug Ottinger – Ah, the glory of Thanksgiving and turkey farming in the past. Norman Rockwell painted the picture that memorializes in our minds what the holidays of yesteryear …

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