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The History of Rhode Island Red Chickens

Rhode Island Red chickens are striking birds with the contrast between the dark red body color, black tail with a “beetle green” sheen and the bright red comb and wattles. Their length of body, flat back and “brick” shape is both distinctive and attractive.

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What Does Blood in Chicken Eggs Mean?
July 25, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites When you raise your own flock of backyard chickens long enough, you will likely encounter all kinds of odd eggs, including blood in chicken eggs. From tiny fairy …

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Protecting Chickens From Predators: Can You Predator Proof Your Flock?
July 14, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Can you predator proof your flock? Of course, the answer is yes and no. As with most all other issues in life, the question of protecting chickens …

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Our Henhouse Was “Gone With the Wind”

Have you ever experienced one of life’s unexpected happenings? These can be great, or they can bring disaster. One could only regard what occurred on July 30th as a disaster for my husband and me.

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What Does it Mean When a Chicken Lays a Lash Egg?
June 17, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites Ever heard of a lash egg? Odds are you probably haven’t. It can be a one-time occurrence or it can be an uncommon symptom of an illness …

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The History and Future of Marans Chickens

Marans chickens are synonymous with chocolate brown eggs. Marans chickens originated in the French village of the same name about 240 miles southwest of Paris or 100 miles north of Bordeaux.

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A Year-Round Chicken Care Calendar
May 31, 2021 · · Chickens 101

I couldn’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than starting your own backyard chicken flock. This next year is going to bring you mixed feelings of eagerness and anxiety with hopefully the culmination of happiness and joy.

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What Killed My Chicken?
May 17, 2021 · · Coops

Keep a flock for long and sooner or later you’ll be asking yourself, “What killed my chicken?” Many marauders love our backyard chickens as much as we do, and each leaves a calling card that offers a clue as to which predator you’re dealing with.

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10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
May 17, 2021 · · 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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Diatomaceous Earth Uses in Chickens
May 2, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Have you ever wondered about diatomaceous earth uses in poultry? When I first started raising chickens for eggs, I noticed that many poultry people talked about using something that they only referred to as “DE”.

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