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MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is ...

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is hosting their 12th Bi-annual International Pheasant Management Seminar March 8th – 11th, 2020. The seminar will be located in Janesville, Wisconsin U.S.A. the home of Mac... READ MORE

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Picking the Best Breed for You

Are you ready to take the plunge and get your own flock of chickens? Choosing the right breed is a critical part of the decision to raise chickens. The right breed will flourish in your regional clima... READ MORE

Poultry Today Sustainable Flock

What’s the value of Chickens i...

Backyard chickens are adding the role of “food recycler” to the list of benefits they bring to their communities, by reducing the volume of unwanted food going into landfills. Austin, Texas recognized... READ MORE

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Review: GQF Model 2362E Incubato...

Having used Styrofoam incubators with mixed results in the past, I wasn’t sure what to expect from GQF’s 2362E Electronic Thermostat Hova-Bator. Once the GQF incubator with the automatic egg turner ar... READ MORE

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Setting Up A School Flock

Keep the excitement of the hatch going by providing your students with more opportunities to learn a variety of concepts in every subject area by setting up a school flock. The best time to plan this ... READ MORE

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Summer Chicken Challenges: Tips ...

Summer heat is far more detrimental to backyard chickens than winter’s cold. And while plenty of folks seem willing to place potentially dangerous, and in many cases unnecessary, heaters in their coop... READ MORE

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Review: The Chicken Fountain

We have nine different coops on our property, and that means a lot of chickens and other poultry that need water. Every morning before letting the birds out of their coops, I would check their waterer... READ MORE

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The Chicken Swing

The intelligence of a chicken is not lost on the attentive enthusiast and small-flock owner. Though underrated, chickens are smart. They have individual personalities and are curious, and are subseque... READ MORE

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The Chicken Goes Full Circle

Supplying more than just eggs These days, when it’s not so unusual to find Dominiques and Delawares strutting through our suburban yards, it’s easy to see the birds as delightful lawn ornaments rather... READ MORE

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The Cozy Coop

A few resourceful ways to keep your flock warm without heaters Cozy may be a relative term in the dead of winter, but as keepers of the flock, we have a responsibility to provide cold-weather housing ... READ MORE

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Henlight solar-powered lighting ...

I was very interested in the Henlight because of the science behind adding additional light in the hen house or coop to stimulate egg production in the fall and winter as the days get shorter. Your la... READ MORE

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Biosecurity Basics

Strategies for your flock "Everybody hates me, nobody likes me/I think I’ll go eat worms!" So goes the first line of the old bus-ride song, "Nobody Likes Me." And it echoes the way people feel about p... READ MORE

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Backyard Bird Feeders And your f...

By Brigid McCrea, Ph.D., Extension Poultry Specialist and Associate Professor, Delaware State University Birds—including those in your flock—come in many different and beautiful forms. And the appreci... READ MORE

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Lights in the Winter: An Illumin...

There are many myths circulating across the internet, and through personal conversations among flock owners, about using lights in the coop during the winter.  Myth #1:  The light hurts the chickens. ... READ MORE

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The A B Cs of Coturnix

One of the most common quail, yet a complex one is the Coturnix Quail, also known as the Japanese Coturnix. This quail is the most valuable for its meat and eggs, but also is popular in the pet market... READ MORE

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Brinsea EcoGlow 20/50 Review

With the amount of chicks we raise here to breed and to sell, I needed a reliable way to brood them.  But let me back up a little bit.  We have had chickens off and on for over 20 years. We always bou... READ MORE

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Incubation in the Classroom

Hatching Chicks with Your Students Incubating and hatching eggs in the classroom is one of the most amazing experiences you can provide your students. It’s a firsthand view of life and can be an exper... READ MORE

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Brooder Basics

A brooder is the baby chick’s home for the first few weeks of its life and will provide everything the hen does for her offspring after they hatch. The five main items needed for an effective set up a... READ MORE

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Brinsea ChickSafe Coop Door Open...

I was surprised when I received the Brinsea coop door opener in the mail for this review. The box was very small and fit inside my mailbox. I opened it to find the unit itself which is the Premium mod... READ MORE

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Mini-Byte Topics

This is an article is designed a little differently from ones in issues past.  We are going to share with you three mini-byte topics of specific interest to you the backyard poultry owner.  Over the y... READ MORE

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Heartland Communications Group, ...

FORT DODGE, IOWA (March 24, 2016) – Heartland Communications Group, Inc., a leading full-service publisher specializing in agriculture, construction, aviation, industrial machines, and consumer lifest... READ MORE

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Rodent Control: In and around th...

By Brigid McCrea, PhD One of the biggest complaints made by opponents of chicken keeping is that chickens attract rodents. While chickens themselves do not attract rodents, certain activities associat... READ MORE

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Yardbird Chicken Plucker

 By Lisa Pedro  When I heard the familiar sound of the UPS truck, I grabbed my four-wheeled cart and headed for the gate. The driver pulled down a large box that weighed almost 90 pounds and then load... READ MORE

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Best BBQ Practices

The Life of a Pro BBQ Cook My name is Jason Williams, and I am from the small town of Cleveland, Ga. located about 60 miles north of Atlanta. As a small child, I stayed with my grandparents during the... READ MORE

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Welcome to Fort Christmas Farm

If you travel just east of Orlando, you can find us in Christmas, Fla. Our farm is named after the road that we live on, which is Fort Christmas Road. Yes, there was an actual Fort Christmas—its const... READ MORE

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Bedding for Your Chickens

Are you using the right materials? By Brigid McCrea, PhD There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding bedding for small flocks. First of all, let’s define litter vs. bedding, as the ter... READ MORE

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Two paths to organic farm fresh ...

Transitioning process depends on if you are producing eggs for your family or for resale.   Shoreview, Minn. [March 23, 2017] – Spring is an exciting time for chicken raisers. For families just starti... READ MORE

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Chicken Digestion-A pellet’s per...

A feed pellet’s birth is quite a process. You start out in a feed mill along with millions upon millions of other pellets. You wind your way down through different parts of the mill, eventually making... READ MORE

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Poultry Butler Coop Door Opener

I saw the mail truck pull into the driveway and the driver retrieve a very long box. Oh, the Poultry Butler Automatic Coop Door was here. Now to open it and start going over the instructions. We had d... READ MORE

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Think Bigger - Emus bring scope ...

If your backyard flock could use some size, why not consider emus? The emu is the largest bird in Australia and second largest in the world, the first being the ostrich. They are flightless birds and ... READ MORE

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Contests and Quizzes

Take the Chicken Quiz

The Chicken Quiz is a great way for any backyard chicken enthusiast to put their knowledge about chickens to the test. Great for all ages, this brief, 10 question quiz will help you understand what yo... READ MORE

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Surviving Hurricane Michael

Trust your gut and anticipate the worst

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Benefits & Challenges of Raising...

Who wouldn’t want farm fresh eggs to enjoy every day? For those who live in the country, having your own small flock of chickens can be the perfect fit. While there are many rewarding aspects of ownin... READ MORE

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Springtime by the Numbers

From coops to schools to books, lots of activity going on.

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History and Importance of the Na...

More than likely you have heard of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, or NPIP as it sometimes called, but do you know the NPIP’s history or purpose? To understand the beginning or purpose behind t... READ MORE

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Getting Recognized in the Standa...

The American Poultry Association has a detailed process for recognizing a breed. Only birds from breeds recognized by the APA are eligible for awards.  One of the APA’s founding principles is: “That n... READ MORE

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Benefits & Challenges of Raising...

Urbanites seeking a simpler way of life can bring a little bit of the country to the city by starting their own flock of chickens. While there are several benefits to having your own chickens, raising... READ MORE

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Benefits & Challenges of Raising...

Nothing says simple country living like a flock of chickens. If you live in a suburban area, you may still be able to raise chickens, but there are a few things to consider. 

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Keep Your Rooster from Harassing...

The rooster struts around the coop and yard like he owns the place. He’s in charge and should protect the hens. Sometimes, however, roosters can become overly aggressive with hens. Learn how to spot t... READ MORE

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Tips for a Stress-Free Spring wi...

Your chickens are probably enjoying the sunshine, green grass and proliferation of bugs to snack on. We have put together six tips to make sure this season is stress free for you and your backyard chi... READ MORE

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Embrace Environmental Stewardshi...

Sustainability is more than a buzzword; it’s a way of life. By raising backyard chickens, you have already taken a big step to a more sustainable lifestyle. But there are other things you can do and c... READ MORE

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What’s the value of Chickens in ...

Backyard chickens are adding the role of “food recycler” to the list of benefits they bring to their communities, by reducing the volume of unwanted food going into landfills. Austin, Texas recognized... READ MORE

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Picking the Best Breed for You

Are you ready to take the plunge and get your own flock of chickens? Choosing the right breed is a critical part of the decision to raise chickens. The right breed will flourish in your regional clima... READ MORE

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MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is ho...

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is hosting their 12th Bi-annual International Pheasant Management Seminar March 8th – 11th, 2020. The seminar will be located in Janesville, Wisconsin U.S.A. the home of Mac... READ MORE

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