poultry-breeds

Raising Critical Breeds: Dutch Hookbill and Aylesbury Ducks
March 14, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Just like wildlife, domestic livestock can become endangered and extinct. The Dutch Hookbill and Aylesbury ducks are both currently listed as critical by The Livestock Conservancy. Consider adding these unique …

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Narragansett Turkey: November Breed of the Month
March 14, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Breed of the Month: Narragansett Turkey Origin: Named after Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, developed in the 1700s from crosses of domestic turkeys brought from Europe and Eastern wild turkeys. “Improved and …

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Saxony Duck: July Breed of the Month

Breed of the Month: Saxony duck Origin: Albert Franz of Chemnitz (East Germany) began developing the Saxony duck in 1930. He used Rouen, German Pekin, and Blue Pomeranian ducks in …

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All About Ancona Ducks

Breed: Ancona duck Origin: The Ancona duck was developed in Great Britain during the early 20th century. It is similar to a Magpie duck and considered to be a descendant of …

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Cayuga Duck Breed Spotlight

By Holly Fuller – Cayuga ducks are a threatened breed. These beautiful, iridescent, green feathered ducks are great for their flavorful meat, egg production, show quality, and their ability to make great pets. …

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12 Days of Christmas — Meaning Behind the Birds

By Christine Henrichs – Understanding the 12 Days of Christmas meaning adds something special to this favorite traditional carol. Its repeating verses make it fun to learn the list of traditional gifts: …

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10 Common Mistakes New Poultry Owners Make With Chicks
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Most of the mistakes people make when starting out with baby chicks can easily be avoided with a little advanced preparation. Here are 10 typical errors and how to avoid …

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Understanding Sex-Link Chickens Today

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 still purebred!  The …

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Taking Control – Breeding to Establish Traits You Want in a Backyard Flock

By Doug Ottinger – If you were asked to list which characteristics make the best laying hens, what would you write down? Most people would probably choose things like an ability …

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The Magical Chickens of Martin Silverudd

By Paul Bradshaw Every nation seems to have its share of backyard scientists who are compelled to tinker with the chicken genome in order to create a superior breed of …

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