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Sick Chicks: 7 Common Illnesses You May Encounter
March 30, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Buying baby chicks from a reputable breeder or hatchery and providing them a clean, warm place to grow with 24/7 access to clean fresh water and good-quality chick starter feed will generally result in healthy chicks, but sometimes you’ll still encounter issues.

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Pros and Cons of Red Ranger Chickens vs. Cornish Cross Chickens
March 25, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

When it comes to choosing which meat chickens to raise, there are several options available. Broilers such as the Cornish Cross chicken and the Red Ranger chicken generally are the most popular as they efficiently and quickly convert their food to meat, while yielding a heavier dressed bird than heritage breeds.

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Buying a Carton of Eggs? Get the Labeling Facts First
March 24, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

As backyard chicken keepers, we normally don’t have to worry about buying a carton of eggs from the store. We have the luxury of walking out to the coop and grabbing fresh eggs to use in our kitchen.

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Do Eggs Need to Be Refrigerated and Washed?
March 23, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Do eggs need to be refrigerated and washed? If you keep backyard chickens, the washing and storage of eggs are the two most controversial egg-related topics among avid owners of backyard chickens.

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Everything Worth Knowing About Chicken Eggs
March 14, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

“It was a brave man who first ate an oyster,” Jonathon Swift said, but the first person to eat an egg must have been even braver. Or very, very hungry. Imagine breaking open an egg, not knowing what you’ll find inside! 

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10 Facts About Ducks: Are Ducks the New Chickens?
February 28, 2020 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Over the last few years, keeping backyard chickens has become all the rage. Whether it’s wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to go back to the basics, chicken coops are popping up in suburban backyards of families all across the country.

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Diatomaceous Earth Uses in Chickens
February 27, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Have you ever wondered about diatomaceous earth uses in poultry? When I first started raising chickens for eggs, I noticed that many poultry people talked about using something that they only referred to as “DE”.

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Raising Pekin Ducks
February 26, 2020 · · 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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Oregano for Chickens: Build Stronger Immune Systems

Add to Favorites Oregano is one of my favorite herbs to use for backyard chickens. It’s easy to grow from seed in the spring, preferring well-drained soil in the full …

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All About Nankin Bantams

Add to Favorites By Don Cable, California — Nankin bantams are wonderful chickens for those interested in the history of poultry keeping and especially bantam breeds. Formerly known as the …

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