silkie

8 Interesting Features of the Silkie Chicken Breed
January 6, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Silkies are distinctly different from any other chicken breed. They share a unique combination of genetic and behavioral features. In 2003, a group of Japanese researchers mapped the mitochondrial DNA of a Silkie to determine the breed’s genetic position in relation to other birds in the genus Gallus.

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12 Days of Christmas — Meaning Behind the Birds

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Blue and Black Australorp Chicken: A Prolific Egg Layer
December 3, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Breed: Australorp Chickens Origin: Originating in Australia, the Australorp chicken breed arrived in the 1920s in America and other parts of the world. They originated from Black Orpington …

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Chicken Clothes for Halloween and Christmas

Whether it be for a competition, holiday, or just for pleasure, many people enjoy putting clothing and accessories on their chickens in order to dress them up. If you are going to costume your chickens, advises Brigid McCrea, PhD, associate professor at Delaware State University and extension poultry specialist, for the health and safety of your birds keep the following clothing guidelines in mind:

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List: The Best Chicken Names — A to Z

Add to Favorites Dreaming up the perfect baby chick names is one of the most exciting parts of starting or adding to a flock. If you need inspiration, our readers and …

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Beautiful Bantams: Black Cochins and Silver Spangled Hamburgs

Add to Favorites By Grace McCain, Oklahoma The comparison of Silver Spangled Hamburgs and Black Cochins is proof that there is variety in the world of bantam chicken breeds, and …

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How to Trim Chicken Beaks, Claws, and Spurs
May 19, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Claw Trimming 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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A Guide to Clipping Chicken Wings
May 16, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Clipping chicken wings is a good skill to have if you’re going to raise backyard chickens. Unlike humans, who periodically get a hair cut, shave, and nail …

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How a Broody Hen Hatches Chicks

Add to Favorites Modern breeding has pretty much eliminated broodiness in most large fowl breeds, although there still may be one or two within a flock that have retained those …

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Ask the Expert — April/May 2019
April 21, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Tough Winter We’ve had a tough winter here in Central New Hampshire. Lots of snow and ice. The door to my chicken run becomes frozen often and …

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