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All About Orpington Chickens
December 20, 2020 · · Chickens 101

1886, Black Orpington, County Kent, England, from a Black Langshan-Black Minorca-Black Plymouth Rock cross.

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12 Days of Christmas — Meaning Behind the Birds

Understanding the 12 Days of Christmas meaning adds something special to this favorite traditional carol.

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Heated Chicken Waterers: What’s Right for Your Flock
December 8, 2020 · · Coops

Every season brings its own battles. In the summer, you are fighting the heat, heat strokes, perhaps, lack of water, inability to keep water cool, flies, etc.

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6 Ways to Prepare for Raising Chickens in Winter
December 4, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

As winter is soon to set in, fall is useful for making some necessary preparations. Raising chickens in winter has its challenges, but these six tips for fall flock preparation will help your chickens get through the colder months in good health.

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Raising Meat on the Farm for the Holidays and Beyond
December 2, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Homesteaders looking to grow their food usually start at the easiest entry point and work their way up. Gardening is the simplest and cheapest way to start, …

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Raising Backyard Turkeys for Meat
November 26, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Of all homestead poultry projects, raising backyard turkeys seems to appeal to the least number of people. Turkeys are amazingly stupid — from the newly hatched poults who can starve to death while trampling in their feed because they haven’t learned where to find it, to the hens who lay their eggs standing up.

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Broad-breasted Vs. Heritage Turkeys
November 24, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Though frozen turkeys reside in your grocery store all year, they become the main attraction during the final two months. Many like the idea of heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving

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Top 10 Questions and Answers About Backyard Chickens

It’s getting easier for people outside the backyard poultry community to understand why so many of us choose to dedicate a portion of our lives to raising and caring for backyard chickens. I don’t get the same reaction I used to from suburbanites when they find out I raise backyard chickens through casual conversation.

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The Edible Egg: Facts and Facets of World Cuisine
August 1, 2020 · · 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.

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How Genetics Determine Duck Egg Color
May 30, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Leghorns lay white eggs and Marans lay dark brown eggs. But duck egg color doesn’t follow these specific rules. Why can some ducks, of the same breed, lay blue eggs while the others lay white?

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