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Can Chickens Eat Weeds in Your Garden?

Add to Favorites by Doug Ottinger If you are a poultry owner, there is a good chance you might also have a garden. If your garden is healthy and growing, the weeds …

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How to Trim Chicken Beaks, Claws, and Spurs
March 5, 2021 · · Feed & Health

A chicken’s spurs, toenails, and beak are made of keratin, the same substance as your fingernails and toenails. And like your nails, they continually grow.

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Buying and Saving with Friends — End-of-Day Hatchery Specials

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Buying leftover, bargain-chick assortments from your favorite chicken hatchery is one of the most fun-filled adventures that any poultry keeper or group of …

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How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?

Do chickens need heat in winter? Only the babies, and only for a short time. But how long do chicks need a heat lamp?

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Chicken Feather & Skin Development

Add to Favorites Doug Ottinger lives in northwest Minnesota with his wife, Connie. They raise chickens, ducks and geese on their small hobby farm. Doug’s educational background is in agriculture, …

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Getting Ready for Spring Chicks
March 4, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites If you have your heart set on a particular breed or variety of poultry, the best time to place your order is in early January, or as …

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Getting to Know Olive Egger Chickens

Olive Egger chickens are not a breed, per se, but a cross of two breeds — usually a blue egg layer and a dark brown egg layer.

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How to Help Your Chickens Maintain a Healthy Digestive System
February 26, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing some basic chicken digestive system facts can make us better stewards of our feathered friends. Chickens don’t eat or digest in the same way we do, …

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A Guide to Different Colored Chicken Eggs
February 25, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat, Kids' Corner

Imagine the excitement of peering into your nesting boxes and finding a rainbow of different colored eggs every day. There are more than 60 breeds of chickens recognized by the American Poultry Association and hundreds of other chicken breeds that have been developed worldwide.

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50+ Surprising Chicken Nesting Box Ideas
February 23, 2021 · · Coops

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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