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By Christine Heinrichs, California

By Christine Heinrichs, California People have raised all kinds of poultry for at least 8,000 years. Chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineafowl and even ostriches have been domesticated — that is,…

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By Don Schrider West Virginia

By Don Schrider West Virginia Spring is here and some of you have the crazy idea to hatch your own chicks instead of purchasing them from a hatchery. Well, you…

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By William Morrow Whitmore Farm, Maryland

By William Morrow Whitmore Farm, Maryland Eliminating Mycoplasma from your flock does take quite a bit of effort, and you will need willpower to maintain a closed flock to keep…

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Ron Kean, Extension Poultry Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

By Ron Kean, Extension Poultry Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Treating Eggs In the February/March 2014 Backyard Poultry issue, one of William Morrow’s recommendations for eradicating Chronic Respiratory Disease is to…

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Gail Damerow

By Gail Damerow An automatic door is indispensable if you’re not always there to let your chickens out in the morning and close them in at night to secure them…

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Backyard Poultry Archives

Well, we get a lot of questions about odd eggs ­— as we chicken owners are odd eggs ourselves — and, jokes aside, most of these are serious questions that…

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Gail Damerow

One of the many sources of nutrients my chickens enjoy in their varied diet is milk from my Nubian dairy goats. Sometimes they get it fresh and warm, straight from…

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By Brittany ThompsonGeorgia

I have raised many different flocks during the five years I have kept chickens. I get asked this question by almost every person I meet that knows I have well behaved…

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Ron Kean, Extension Poultry SpecialistUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison

Peroxide or Not? We have some chicks that are about  4 to 5 months old, I think. They got pecked on the neck and head. We have them inside in…

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William Morrow Whitmore Farm, Maryland

There has been a lot of recent discussion on the Backyard Poultry online forum that starts, “My chickens have a cold.” People say this because they observe one or more…

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Ryan Slabaugh Editor

One day last October, Lori Fontanes was in her kitchen making applesauce, pondering a dilemma. Her quandary? Nothing about the sauce, although we all know peeling that many apples will…

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Wendy E.N. Thomas New Hampshire

If your dog got sick or injured, you wouldn’t think twice about taking it to a veterinarian, but when it comes to backyard chickens, some people can’t seem to justify…

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Wendy E.N. Thomas New Hampshire

An important part of protecting your flock’s health is minimizing the potential for illness going into and coming out of your flock. One of the best ways to do this…

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Ron Kean, Extension Poultry Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison

Egg Inside an Egg My 1-year-old buff orpington has on three occasions laid an egg about the size of a goose egg or bigger with another egg inside. Both eggs…

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By Ana Hotaling Michigan

It was a phone call Holly White will never forget. She had gone out of town with her husband, Noah, to celebrate his birthday when Holly’s mother rang, distraught. Something…

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By Wendy E.N. Thomas New Hampshire

Our house chicken experience started when I brought to our home in New Hampshire, a newly hatched Black Copper Maran chick found at a Poultry Congress — in January. The…

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By Susan Burek, Herbalist Moonlight Mile Herb Farm Michigan

When we think of the poultry immune system, we probably think of it being an internal function in the body, yet the skin and mouth are also considered part of…

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Ron Kean, Extension Poultry Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison

Eggs Without Shells I have a hen who lays eggs without the shells. I am unsure as to whom the culprit is. I will find either an icky mess or…

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By Robyn Scherer, M. Agr. Colorado

Snowflakes softly fall to the ground, and an icy breeze cuts through the early morning hours. Winter is coming, and with it, decreased egg production. Short, chilly days can be…

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By Laura Haggarty Pennsylvania

It never hurts to be prepared, and you never know when you’re going to need medicine or a cure for something. The thing about chickens is, they’re genetically engineered to…

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Ron KeanExtension Poultry Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison

Blood-Spotted Eggs My hen’s eggs have these blood spots all of the time; sometimes the whites are even bloody looking. She is a Maran, about 2 years old. Is this…

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By Susan BurekHerbalist Moonlight Mile Herb Farm Michigan

A 15th century surgeon named the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), calling it “dent-de-lion” noting the distinctive “tooth-shaped” leaf we all recognize. In fact, “lion’s-tooth” is another common name. Although dandelion has many…

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Tamara Staples

Ken Mainville is a rugged man with an easy nature and the perfect “Boston” accent. Born in 1951, Ken grew up in the small, traditional New England village of Holland,…

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Don Schrider

A nice pair of Midget White Turkeys. Poults become strong and large quickly by the end of the first three weeks. There are lots of reasons to raise young turkey…

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  As an herbalist running an herb farm, I have an abundant variety of herbs on hand to work with. Most of my property is filled with naturally growing native…

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Armani TavaresTennessee

My hope for this article is to promote the wonderful pi­geon and teach you a little about its husbandry. Rock pigeons were first introduced into eastern North America in the…

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