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Volume 10, Number 4
August/September 2015

On the Cover:

Another beautiful picture from Kirsten Bellow, from her flock that lives along Nowhere Road in Georgia. Check out her photo essay featured in the August/September 2015 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine.



Gertrude McCluck—Chicken In Charge, 10/4

Cyndi Gernhart

Gertrude McCluck—Chicken In Charge is a fun page for kids, and adults at heart. 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


It Takes A Duck Pond

Lori Fontanes
Quack Me Up

How Lori Fontanes raises ducks with out a duck pond.

Why Did The Chicken Cross The World?

Book Review: Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?

Review By Gail Damerow

Take a peak into the book “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?” as Gail Damerow reviews the pros and cons of the book.

red chickens in country backyard garden in spring

My Crazy Little Chicken Flock

Nancy Holmes

I Only Had Four Chickens, But I Had To Wonder What Would Come First: Peace Or The Foxes? A look inside a homestead with a small flock of chickens.


Mastering Omelets

Janice Cole

Learn tricks and tips for mastering omelets, from Janice Cole.


ZELDA: The Chicken Of A Different Color

Wendy Thomas
New Hampshire

We bought Zelda, our grey and gold Easter Egger when she was roughly 2 years old.
Desperate for the first egg from our fledging flock, I fully admit that I cheated by purchasing a “guaranteed egg layer” from a woman at a local chicken swap. Zelda came from a home where they banded their chickens and so she arrived at our flock wearing a metal band on her leg. To date, she is the only chicken in our flock with a metal band (we went the plastic band route for our birds).


Delaware Chickens

Christine Heinrichs

Learn more about Delaware Chickens, an entirely american bird.


Saving Poultry After A Raccoon Attack

Debra Hart

An in-depth looking at a family with poultry, and how they managed saving their flock after a raccoon attack.


Avian Flue: States Creatively Replace Poultry Shows

Katie Bolin

Avian Flu and how it affects poultry at shows. Also, signs and symptoms to watch for.


The Fighting Story Behind Hawaii’s Feral Chickens

Lori Fontanes

Buffalo may have wings and San Diego its baseball-loving bird, but don’t forget Honolulu when it comes to city chickens. Although sister island Kauai recently made national headlines for a study connecting its feral chickens with…

Clean Water For Flock

Keep Biofilm Out Of Your Poultry Flock’s Drinking Water

Gail Damerow

It is important to keep biofilm out of your poultry flock’s drinking water. Gail Damerow provides tips and tricks to achieve this.

Orange Chicken Egg Yolk

Feed For Orange Chicken Egg Yolks

Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele is the author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally
(St. Lynn’s Press, 2013). She lives on a small hobby farm in Virginia with her husband and their flock of chickens and ducks, plus horses, dogs and a barn cat. She is a fifth-generation chicken keeper
and writes about her experiences on her award-winning blog at www.fresheggsdaily.com. In her free
time she loves to garden, bake, knit and sip homebrewed herbal teas.

A Brahma Molting

How To Prepare Your Chickens For Molt

Tiffany Towne
Nutrena Poultry Expert

Ready or not, molt is coming. The falling of feathers and a drop in egg production in the fall season
are good indicators that your birds are starting to molt. Molt is the natural shedding of feathers and
regrowth of new ones. This usually happens in the fall as day-length shortens. It is the chicken’s
way to refresh old feathers and grow new ones for the coming winter. Molt happens in an expected order, starting at the head, down the back, breast and ending on the wings and tail.


Chicken Coop Inspiration — 10/4

Samantha Ingersoll

In our second annual Coolest Coops contest on www.backyardpoultrymag.com, we saw a huge explosion in voting and reader interaction. It was amazing as well to see the 42 coops that were entered. Here are the top three, according to the votes cast. View the contest at www.backyardpoultrymag.com/coolestcoops

Forums Coordinator
Backyard Poultry
Extension Poultry Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Poultry Talk — 10/4

Pam Freeman & Ron Kean

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 pjf@bypforums.com. All submissions will be included in our online forums and will also be considered for print publication. Please include your name and hometown with your questions, which should be as detailed as possible. Pictures help us answer questions, so please include those too!

DigestiveSystem of a Chicken

The Digestive System Of A Chicken

Thomas Fuller

OUR BIOLOGY SERIES Ever wonder how your chicken really works? Starting with this piece,
we are going to illustrate each of the major chicken systems, with the help of Thomas Fuller, a retired biology teacher and lifelong poultry owner, in upcoming editions of Backyard Poultry magazine. Thomas Fuller is a retired biology teacher and lifelong poultry owner. Look for the next part in his series on the biology of a chicken in the next Backyard Poultry.


Mealworms and Onions Don’t Mix—A Tale of Too Many Critters

Cynthia Smith, DVM

Have you considered adding wiggly maggot-like creatures to your mix of pets? Do you crave the companionship of lots of somethings that are as stomach-turning as your chickens are cute? Then raising mealworms is for…

A Polish Hen’s crest taped

Cannibalism And Picking In Chickens

Cynthia Smith, DVM

It’s happened to all of us who raise chickens. One day you look at the chicks in the brooder or the hens in the coop and notice that one or more of them are sporting wounds or bald spots, courtesy of their penmates. This is especially common in the crested varieties and in Araucanas, where they always go
for those precious tufts, and, if that pedicle is damaged, the tuft is gone forever. Here are some of my thoughts on how I like to handle this issue as a breeder, and what factors can lead to cannibalism and pecking in the coop.

Ryan Slabaugh, Backyard Poultry Editor

Shut Down, But Not Out—From Backyard Poultry Magazine Editor, Issue 10/4

Ryan Slabaugh
Backyard Poultry Editor

It’s been a tough summer for a lot of poultry folks. The spread of avian influenza — the worst in U.S. history — has affected every sphere of the industry, from the largest…


Do You Have Something To Crow About? Aug/Sept 2015, 10/4

Reader Submitted Letters

Classy Up The Coop I really dislike those plastic feed sacks that are difficult to dispose of, but the photographs and artwork they display can be amazing. The marketers surely are motivating us to…

Barred Rock

Along Nowhere Road—A Photo Tour Of A Poultry Flock

Photos by Kirstein Bellow

I look inside Kirsten Bellows flock through photos. Who doesn’t love to see a ton of photos of a beautiful flock of chickens?

Finding CoCo

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Family Album

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The best of the best submission from flocks around the world.

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