poultry

Buckeye Chickens: An All-American Breed

No chicken breed is perfect, but many Buckeye chicken breeders figure they have come close enough with their breed. Breeders extol the virtues of vigor, resilience and disease resistance in a brown egg layer that grows to a solid size.

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Help Chickens Keep Their Cool

Some people love a summer heat wave, or for that matter, sweating it out in a sauna. Not chickens. For our feathered friends, steamy summer days — which are increasing, due to climate change — can mean trouble.

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50+ Surprising Chicken Nesting Box Ideas

Add to Favorites New flock owners are always on the hunt for creative chicken nesting box ideas, so we asked our Backyard Poultry readers to share their suggestions, pictures, and advice! …

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Managing Chicken Coop Smell
June 14, 2022 · · Coops

Does your chicken coop smell inordinately bad? Does your neighbor complain about the chicken coop smell wafting across the fenceline? If so, I’ve got a few tips and tricks you can employ to fix your coop, or at least understand the issue at hand.

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Use Your Eggs to Make Homemade Mayonnaise
June 13, 2022 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Homemade mayonnaise is easy to whip up and rich with flavor. If you have a backyard flock you’ve probably got extra eggs, and the rest of the …

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10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
June 6, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Have you given any thought to how fermenting chicken feed can benefit your flock of backyard chickens? Fermenting is all the rage nowadays, both in people foods (think yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, buttermilk, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, even beer and wine!) and chicken diets as well, although the process has been used for hundreds of years as a food preservation method.

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Choosing the Best 4-H Show Chickens

Poultry is one of the most popular projects in 4-H and I often get asked how to choose the best show chickens. Why is the poultry project so popular?

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The Evolution of Turkey Farming

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Ah, the glory of Thanksgiving and turkey farming in the past. Norman Rockwell painted the picture that memorializes in our minds what the …

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Do You Need Toys for Chickens?

Professionals agree chickens need enrichment. Keeping your flock healthy, either for egg or meat production or companionship, is most likely your primary goal. Maintaining healthy chickens is a process that includes many facets, including environmental, social and physical aspects.

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Part Four: The Skeletal System

Add to Favorites Our bird models, Hank and Henrietta, reunite in this article on the skeletal system of the chicken. Both the male and female chickens are highly adapted for …

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