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Weasels Killing Chickens is Common, but Preventable

By Cheryl K. Smith, Oregon – Shortly after I moved to my homesteading land 15 years ago, I found a desiccated weasel in the barn. It was a long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), …

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Keeping Turkeys Healthy in Winter

By Don Schrider – Turkeys are remarkably hardy birds. By the time turkeys reach maturity, they are very easy to care for, and are capable of surviving winter weather in great …

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Can Chickens Make You Sick?

By Don Schrider, West Virginia Backyard chicken keeping is at an all-time high. Many people add hens as a part of producing their own food. The chickens can provide free labor in the …

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A Few Dos And Don’ts When Winter Sets

By Don Schrider, West Virginia Before I go too far, let’s take a look at how nature has prepared our feathered friends to survive and basic poultry behavior. Feathers are designed to …

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Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens

By Don Schrider – At Backyard Poultry we get questions all the time asking for help identifying the breed of various chickens. Many times the chickens pictured are not purebred …

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How to Hatch Chicken Eggs

By Don Schrider – It is time to begin preparations for breeding and collecting eggs for hatching. Anyone can have great success in learning how to hatch chicken eggs; all …

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The Jersey Giant Chicken: An Outstanding Heritage Meat Breed

By Don Schrider — What is considered the largest breed of chicken? With standard weights of 13 pounds for males and 10 pounds for females, the humble Jersey Giant chicken is …

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