turkeys

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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Raising Turkeys for Food and Income
October 7, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Raising meat turkeys is an adventure on many levels. I’ve had the pleasure of growing a turkey for Thanksgiving for years, starting back in high school. It’s …

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The Long Line of Brown Leghorns

Add to Favorites By Don Schrider, West Virginia – When we first get into poultry, discovering all these breeds is a great pleasure. For many of us, that joy turns into …

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Six Heritage Turkey Breeds on the Farm
September 13, 2021 · · Poultry 101

We thought you would enjoy a side-by-side comparison of the six heritage turkey breeds that we raise on our heritage turkey farm. We have been raising heritage turkey breeds for quite a few years now.

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The Evolution of Turkey Farming
September 13, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Ah, the glory of Thanksgiving and turkey farming in the past. Norman Rockwell painted the picture that memorializes in our minds what the …

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The Risks of Keeping Goats with Chickens

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?
September 13, 2021 · · Kids' Corner, 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 mixed flock, but there are some serious bird health hazards associated with it as well.

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Are Bantams Real Chickens?

Add to Favorites  Story and Photos By Don Schrider, West Virginia The History of the Bantam The word “Bantam” is derived from a major Indonesian seaport on the western side …

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Lessons From a Neverending Battle Against Bumblefoot in Chickens

Add to Favorites By Brittany Thompson, Georgia As long as I have been raising poultry, one of the most common problems I experience is bumblefoot in chickens. Here is what I …

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Is Poultry Processing Equipment Rental a Viable Option?

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – A challenge small poultry producers face bringing their products to market is staying in compliance with health laws. Poultry processing equipment rental may …

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