turkeys

The Dorking Chicken and Other Classic Breeds

Most of the 200 breeds and varieties of chickens that were once common on farms are now considered rare. Including a breed that is part of our history in your poultry operation gives your flock a role in historic preservation and genetic diversity.

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The Emotional Gauntlet of Raising Meat Chickens & Other Livestock
February 22, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

“You’re raising meat chickens? You horrible, heartless human.”
It’s a constant fight, isn’t it? And there are many sides on the battlefield.

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Understanding Sex-Link Hybrid Chickens

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 chickens at all but crossbreeds / hybrid chickens hatcheries produce for very specific purposes – such as egg production.

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Keeping Guinea Fowl: Reasons to Love Them or Not
February 11, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Guinea fowl undoubtedly spark more debates than any other barnyard poultry species. Some people love them, others despise them. What’s all the fuss about? Here are eight great …

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What to Feed Chickens to Keep Them Healthy

Add to Favorites Quality nutrition is the bedrock of your bird’s health, longevity, and performance. Just like you and me, if a chicken is fed junk it will live a …

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My Experience Raising Emus (They Make Great Pets!)
January 29, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites I embarked on raising emus a couple years ago. I wanted to hatch one so bad because they are “cute,” however it is more than just cuteness …

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The Economics of Egg Farming

When I started egg farming, I kept track of my costs. The numbers surprised me. Turning a profit leaves a lot of factors to consider.

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A Few Dos And Don’ts When Winter Sets
December 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites 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 …

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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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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?
December 12, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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