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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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Barnevelder Chicken Adventures

Add to Favorites Ryan B. Walden, Wisconsin – It was the winter of 2007, I had been chickenless for several months, and the snow was deep. Cabin fever was at its peak. …

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8 Interesting Features of the Silkie Chicken Breed
January 6, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Silkies are distinctly different from any other chicken breed. They share a unique combination of genetic and behavioral features. In 2003, a group of Japanese researchers mapped the mitochondrial DNA of a Silkie to determine the breed’s genetic position in relation to other birds in the genus Gallus.

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All About Light and Ornamental Goose Breeds

Add to Favorites By Christine Heinrichs – This article covers light goose breeds, as classified by the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection. In addition to two domestic goose breeds, the light goose …

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How to Raise Ducks in Your Backyard
September 29, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites By Dave Holderread – If you want an economical and steady supply of homegrown eggs that are nutritious and tasty, you’ll need a flock of backyard chickens, …

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The Delightful Dominique Chicken

Add to Favorites By The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy The Dominique chicken is recognized as America’s first chicken breed. The exact origin of the breed is unknown, although their initial …

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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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Spontaneous Sex Reversal – Is That My Hen Crowing?!
July 12, 2019 · · 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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How to Bathe a Chicken
May 25, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Do you know how to bathe a chicken? Do chickens like baths? Hell no! There is a reason for the saying, “I’m madder than a wet hen.” …

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Grooming and Bathing Chickens for a Poultry Show

Add to Favorites Grooming and bathing chickens in preparation for a show is quite easy, but there are a few tricks you should know. Bathing poultry before a show is …

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