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

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. Chickens evolved in …

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Poultry Farming Terminology – What’s in a Name?
May 15, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Whether you are new to poultry farming or you already have years of experience under your belt, you have probably at some point come across a poultry farming term that’s …

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5 Quail Species to Raise
May 11, 2019 . · Poultry 101

When considering quail species to raise; size, egg production, and temperament should lead your decision making. Some species may be kept in coveys, perfect for larger scale productions. Others do …

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Will a Broody Hen Adopt Ducklings?

By Susie Kearley – When Helen Redfern moved from the city to the countryside, she started keeping ducks, then chickens. The ducks insisted on sleeping outdoors rather than in a …

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Poultry Cognition—Are Chickens Smart?
May 6, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Are chickens smart? Research reveals that they learn fast, feel emotions, have good memories, and use complex logic and social tactics.

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The Risks of Keeping Goats with Chickens

By Doug Ottinger – Animals have been kept in mixed flocks for centuries. Whether it is mixed poultry, poultry with sheep and cows, or even keeping goats with chickens, written and …

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Do You Need Toys for Chickens?
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

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 …

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Introducing New Chickens to Established Flocks
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

A preview from our April/May 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry. Subscribe for more great stories like this!  Once chicks are fully feathered, they are ready to stay outside. But introducing new …

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The Realities of Guinea Fowl Care

By Susie Kearley – Owning guinea fowl can be uplifting … or cause problems with the neighbors! When an old friend, Roy Miller, invited us to camp on his field in …

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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?
March 14, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Raising turkeys with chickens has been discouraged for years, but despite that, many homesteaders are going back to a mixed flock approach. There are some excellent benefits to keeping a …

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