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Archive | Chickens

Learn about sustainable, eco-friendly, holistic practices for managing your chickens. This includes finding the right feed for your chickens, diagnosing and treating illnesses, including them in your operation management, and more.

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Heritage Breed Chickens

There is, of course, nothing in the world like the taste of your own farm fresh, organic eggs and meat. Chickens are an easy way to begin food production on the homestead and work a little closer to self-sufficiency.

Chris Pinto and Abra Morawiec at Feisty Acres Farm

Alternative Poultry: Getting Creative

Plenty of today’s small farmers have found productive and profitable means of pasturing chickens and turkeys, but sometimes chicken (or turkey) just isn’t enough. Heritage breeds expand a business’ poultry selection and increase the diversity of the farm.

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Book Excerpt: Talking Chicken

Commonly seen on many small farms now is a reworking of materials at hand to create a brooder unit adequate to house chick lots of fifty to one hundred head until they are three to five weeks of age. There is often an enclosed, heated zone at one end and a more open, meshed floor […]

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Common Causes of Chicken Stress (Sponsored)

Stress in poultry manifests in three forms: physical, emotional and psychological. Stress stems from single elements: toxins, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, dyes, antibiotics and basic synthetic chemicals in the air, feeds, water and cleaning agents.

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Poultry Hacks for the No-Fuss Flock

Yes, even concerning chickens, there are practical hacks — hacks and what old-timers might call tricks of the trade. One that comes to mind is the practice of wing clipping to prevent fully feathered birds from flying up and over enclosures.

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Winter Poultry Care

Take stock of your flock facilities and management techniques for successful winters to come.