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Backyard Poultry Submission Guidelines

 – July 29, 2014

What we are: Backyard Poultry is a magazine circulated internationally to people interested in small-flock poultry raising. We publish six times per year. We also publish stories and photos on…


Celebrity Cuisine: Cold Chicken Pasta Salad

 – July 28, 2014

It’s hot out. Triple digits hot. My only swamp cooler now sits inside the chicken coop, soothing a duck that refuses to abandon her eggs. My 100-year-old house offers little…


When The Grey Lady Discovers Farming

 – July 28, 2014

Those of us who live between the coasts — that is, anywhere between California and New York — tend to roll our eyes when the coasters discover something we’ve known for…

Volume 9, Number 3 June/July, 2014 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine. Dedicated to more and better small-flock poultry.


 – July 25, 2014

From the Editor: Your Letters 8 Coming Events 12 Helpful Hints: Tricks for Training 14 GMO or No? 16 Rats! 22 Photo Contest 28 Bookstore and Reviews 30 Features: The…

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Chicken Humor: The Chicken On A Raft Song

 – July 25, 2014

Happy Friday! And if it just so happens you are looking for a terrific song about a chicken on a raft, then try this one.


Why Crop Rotation Matters

 – July 25, 2014

Here’s a science lesson for you. Our produce contains wonderful nutrients. We know that. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are the reasons our parents tell us to eat our vegetables. Some…

Book Review: “Eat the Yolks” by Liz Wolfe

By Jen Pitino

 – July 24, 2014

If you have backyard chickens then you also have eggs — a lot of them. But should you be eating all of your backyard egg bounty? Conventional medical “wisdom” over the…

If you have health-related poultry questions, send them to us at Backyard
Poultry, Attn: Answer Man, 145 Industrial Dr., Medford, WI 54451 or email to byp@tds.net. We will try to include your question in an upcoming issue.

The Answer Man 9/4

Ron Kean

 – July 24, 2014

If you have health-related poultry questions, send them to us at Backyard Poultry, Attn:
Answer Man, 145 Industrial Dr., Medford, WI 54451 or email to
byp@tds.net. All submissions will be considered for publication, and we will try to include
your question in an upcoming issue. Please include your name and hometown with your questions. Pictures help us answer questions, so please include those too whenever possible.

Mary Lou Windsor and her cousin, Walter, on the farm. Photos
courtesy of Mary Lou Windsor.

Essay Contest: Generations—Return To Roots

Mary Lou Windsor

 – July 24, 2014

Remember those stories you’ve told about Grandma and Grandpa on the homestead raising chickens? Most families at some point include poultry farming as a way of survival and income, and now that we are alive in the days of iPads and the internet, we think it is especially important to remember and document stories about our “roots.” For this
reason, we are collecting your stories about families with poultry roots, and publishing the best in editions of Backyard Poultry. Enter at www.backyardpoultrymag.com for a chance to be published and win prizes from our contest partner, Brinsea.

Do You Have Something To Crow About? 9/4

Reader Questions/Comments

 – July 24, 2014

We want to hear from you. Send questions, comments, opinions, advice, coming events, etc. to: Backyard Poultry Editor, 145 Industrial Dr., Medford, WI 54451 or email: byp@tds.net

The kindergarten class at Chase County Elementary School in Kansas. Photos courtesy Sandy Luder.

Learning Tradition

By Ryan Slabaugh

 – July 24, 2014

One Kansas elementary school’s amazing farm. Students pet the sheep, tend to new chicks and help build and maintain the coop.


From Our Writers at Backyardpoultrymag.com

 – July 24, 2014

Did you know we have a talented pool of poultry owners and writers online who are not seen in print? And that we post one of their articles almost daily? Here are the best of the best from this summer, courtesy of our online writers at backyardpoultrymag.com.

Nutrition is the main contributor to feather quality, and a good place to start if you notice something’s wrong.

From Nutrena: Feathers 101

From Nutrena

 – July 24, 2014

Let’s face it. Feathers are what make your birds, well, birds. Feathers are a distinguishing characteristic in poultry. Yet how much do you really know about the feathers that cover your birds?

Alicia Griffith feeds her flock as she and her husband, Steve, move from Oregon to South Carolina. Photo courtesy Alicia Griffith.

Chicken Run—Or Why Did My Chickens Cross The Country?

By Alicia Griffith
South Carolina

 – July 24, 2014

Alicia and Steve move their chickens cross country—join them and their poultry on their journey.


Gertrude McCluck Chicken In Charge—9/4

 – July 24, 2014

Gertrude McCluck, Chicken in Charge is assisted by chicken wrangler Cyndi Gernhart. Find out more about Gertrude and her book series for children and other fun activities at: www.GertrudeMcCluck.net

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