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Spontaneous Sex Reversal In Your Poultry

Add to Favorites By Jen Pitino, Idaho A hen is born with two sex organs. One of these two organs is an ovary that functions somewhat similarly to a female …

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How to Sex Chicks: What Does and Doesn’t Work

Whether choosing day-old chicks or hatching our own, many would like to know how to sex baby chicks. But what works and what doesn’t?

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Selective Breeding: How to Breed Chickens

For those of us who are learning how to breed chickens or teaching others how to breed chickens, you must realize that breeds of poultry cannot be maintained. Your fowl are either improving or degenerating with each passing generation.

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Unique Among Chickens
December 13, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Every chicken breed has a unique set of attributes, but a few breeds have the distinction of being the only one of its kind. Without further ado, let’s look at some chicken breeds with distinctive features that set them apart from all others.

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Understanding Sex-Link Chickens Today

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Did you know that even if you have only purebred birds in your flock, they might be sex-links? Wait, don’t panic! Your birds are …

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Are Bantams Real Chickens?

Add to Favorites  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 …

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Geese Breeds: Which Breed of Goose is Right for My Goals?
August 13, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Geese breeds have been employed on the farm for centuries. They are kept for a myriad of reasons; lawn maintenance and weed control, meat and spring egg …

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Best Backyard Chickens for Urban Areas
August 8, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Nowadays we’re conscious of where our food comes from, we want to know our animal producers have a good quality of life and we enjoy reaching back to our rural roots. These desires have led to a trend in backyard chicken keeping that’s not exclusive to those who own acres and acres of land.

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Spontaneous Sex Reversal – Is That My Hen Crowing?!
June 21, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Have you heard a hen crowing when you know you don’t keep roosters? Jeff Goldblum’s groovy scientist character in the 1993 blockbuster, “Jurassic Park,” comments that “life finds a way” and that somehow the all-female population of cloned dinosaurs would reproduce.

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Frizzle Chickens: Unusual Eye Candy in a Flock

One of the more unusual-looking chickens you may run across is the Frizzle chicken. Frizzle chickens are not so much a chicken breed, as a type of bird.

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