Best Chickens for Mother's Mini Coop — The best chicken varieties for MOTHER's Mini-Coop, including buttercups, brown leghorns, hamburgs and anconas.
Enjoy Heritage Chickens — Chickens are a perfect choice for homestead livestock; they don’t require much space or special equipment, and keeping a small, backyard flock is an easy and fun way to expand home food production. You can serve your family the freshest (and most nutritious) eggs they have ever eaten, and you can re-create the rich flavors of your grandmother’s homegrown/homemade fried chicken.
Go Ahead, Get Guineas! — Any bird with a call like "Buckwheat!" and a head like a helmet needs some redeeming quality. In the case of the guinea fowl, which have both the call and the oddly shaped, nearly bald noggin, their appetite for ticks may be their meal ticket in more than one way.
Why the Midget White Turkey is the Perfect Homestead Turkey — Breeder Bernard Wentworth, who holds doctorates in poultry science and avian physiology, shares his thoughts on these special, great-tasting, little turkeys.
How Eight Heritage Turkeys Kicked a Butterball's Butt — Approximately 70 people gathered at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Va., to participate in a blind tasting comparing one industrial and eight heritage varieties of turkey. The food professionals, chefs, food writers and food connoisseurs in attendance voted for different varieties, but all of the heritage birds came out ahead of the Butterball.
Homegrown Turkeys are Terrific! — Beautiful and helpful in controlling pests, turkeys are easy to raise and fun to watch. Plus by raising turkeys at home, you'll have farm-fresh turkey for holiday meals.
A History of the Midget White Turkey — In the early 1960s, a commercial interest developed in creating miniature versions of the broad breasted large white and bronze turkeys. Midget white turkeys would emerge from cross-breeding at the University of Massachusetts, and the variety would be preserved though careful control of the bird’s pedigree.
Marvelous Muscovies — Fun, easy to care for and a great source of meat, Muscovy ducks also can help control flies and other pests on your homestead. With its head dominated by brilliant red, fleshy outgrowths called caruncles, the male Muscovy probably wouldn’t win a beauty pageant for domestic ducks. But that doesn’t bother fans like Corine de Wit of Reva, Va., who began raising this unusual species of waterfowl in the 1970s, when she lived in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.
Perfect Chickens — Every farm and most households in America used to play host to at least a small flock of laying hens – doing so was, after all, part of the program for feeding one’s family. Those flocks also supplied plenty of meat for the table, either as old hens long past their reproductive prime or cockerels of virtually any age.
Dare to Dabble with Ducks — If you are looking for a perky companion that will entertain, feed and help take care of garden pests, ducks are a great choice.
Keeping Quails: Newly Hatched Baby Quails — Meet Porkchop the coturnix quail (also known as Japanese quail). along with siblings Doug, Beebe, Skeeter and Porkchop. A city-dweller finds these birds have personalities as distinct as the markings that distinguish them – and their individuality come out in the photos he takes of them.
Keeping Quails: Gender Differentiation — Unlike chickens, which can take as long as six months to begin laying, quails will lay, at the earliest, at six weeks of age. As a first-time quail owner continues to tend his flock within the city limits, he’s delighted to discover one female laying at six weeks – and continuing to produce lovely, gourmet-quality eggs each day afterward.