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Volume 10, Number 6
December 2015/January 2016

On the Cover:

Special thanks to Darlene Terry from Bristol, Maine, for winning this issue’s photo contest and earning the cover shot.

Check out her photo and more reader submitted photos in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine.


Roosters are famous for crowing, but why they choose that specific sound to attract attention still baffles scientists.

What Chickens Are Crowing About

Kenny Coogan

What chickens are crowing about—how and why chickens vocalize.


Gertrude McCluck — 10/6

Cyndi Gernhart

Gertrude McCluck Chicken In Charge— 10/6; Fun activities and stories for the young and young at heart.

Dangerous Backyard For Chickens

It’s A Dangerous Backyard For Chickens!

Lori Fontanes
Quack Me Up

It’s A Dangerous Backyard For Chickens!

Runaway Chicken

My Runaway Chicken

Mark Hall

My Runaway Chicken—For The Love Of The Hobby

Chicken Bones and Water

Recipes: Bones And Water, The Perfect Elixir

Janice Cole

Recipes: Bones And Water, The Perfect Elixir. Everyone’s Talking About Bone Broth for Drinks and Stock.


The Lille Collection of Preserved Breeds

Stuart Sutton

The Lille Collection of Preserved Breeds—Breeds from around the world.


Garfield Farm And The Java Chicken

Ann Stewart

Garfield Farm and the Java chicken, a second chance for one of America’s oldest breeds of chickens.


Local Students Connect with Farm Life by Adopting Chickens

Quinn Eurich

Strong, by name and mission—at the Strong Family Farm, local students connect with farm life by adopting chickens.

Chicken Owners Calendar

A 2016 Calendar For Chicken Owners

Kenny Coogan

A 2016 calendar for chicken owners, follow our roadmap to healthy flocks, from chicks to adults.

3D Printer Gives A Chicken
A New Leg, Better Life

3D Printer Gives A Chicken A New Leg, Better Life

Kenny Coogan

3D printer gives a chicken a new leg and a better life.


One Rooster Too Many?

Gail Damerow

One Rooster Too Many? Keeping Peace in a Flock With More Than One Rooster Takes Strategy and Patience.

Home On Range

Home On The Range

By Tiffany Towne
Nutrena Poultry Expert

This is the time of year when thoughts begin to turn to spring. We’ve seen the snow, we’ve borne the cold, and now we are dreaming of grassy yards, perfect flowerbeds and fresh…

How We Built Our Own Home Chicken Coop

How We Built Our Own Home Chicken Coop

Sandra R. Pound, PhD.

Do you have a fun story behind your chicken coop, or just some really cool design ideas? We’d love to share them with our readers. Email us at byp@tds.net with a few pictures and a story about your coop!

Lisa Steele

Winter Feed Supplements

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.

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Backyard Poultry
Extension Poultry Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Poultry Talk—10/6

Pam Freeman & Ron Kean

You Ask Expert Poultry Questions, We Give Expert Poultry Answers. Poultry Talk — 10/6

Rooster's Reproduction System—Biology of the Chicken, Part 4

A Rooster’s Reproduction System

Thomas L. Fuller
New yOrk

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.

“The Standard is a very complex thing. Mastering it was difficult for me. I was told when I started that it would be about five years before my birds would  compete as class champion. It was exactly five years  before I won my first class champion.” — Danny Feathers

An Expert’s Advice To New Breeders: Enjoy The Ride

Christine Heinrichs

Experienced breeder Danny Feathers offers his observations of how novice breeders can get off track. They fall in love with beautiful birds and want to breed their own and inspire the awe they felt in…


Do You Have Something To Crow About? 10/6

Reader Submitted Letters

Do You Have Something To Crow About? 10/6—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.

Ryan Slabaugh, Backyard Poultry Editor

Ringing In —From BYP Editor Ryan Slabaugh 10/6

Ryan Slabaugh

Ringing In —From BYP Editor Ryan Slabaugh 10/6

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