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Part of our Breed Profiles series, the Buckeye is a dual-purpose bird with gorgeous dark-red plumage. History For those of you who know that Ohio is call the Buckeye State after the tree, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Buckeye chicken breed was originally developed by Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, in 1896. […]Read more »
Happy chickens are productive chickens. Keep your chickens active and amused with these suggestions for a chicken playground from author Liz Fulghum. Happy Chickens Chickens are happiest when they can cluck around during the day, free-ranging and foraging through mulch, leaves, and dirt for tasty bugs and seeds. But sometimes, to keep them safe or […]Read more »
Pat Johnson shares how to create a safe environment for your pheasants with a biosecurity plan. Get Started with Your Biosecurity Plan A safe and healthy environment for your pheasants is essential. A biosecurity plan is a method used to outline the steps to prevent diseases, parasites, and pests from reaching your pheasants in your […]Read more »
Jeannette Beranger shares some of the rare and beautiful breeds of the continental class of chickens. (All photos courtesy of the Livestock Conservancy.) Chickens come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. To help make sense of it all, the American Poultry Association (APA) splits chicken breeds into a number of categories, including […]Read more »
Keep your flock healthy this coming fall and winter with helpful tips from Elizabeth Mack. Keeping backyard poultry can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. Maintaining a healthy flock requires managing the day-to-day upkeep, as well as monthly and seasonal concerns. Take the guesswork out of chicken husbandry […]Read more »
Jonathon Engels presents the good, the bad, and the guidelines to raising guinea fowl, so you can decide if this bird is right for you. My first encounter with a guinea fowl – and it is a memorable experience – happened in the jungles of Belize. My wife, Emma, and I were volunteering at a […]Read more »
If these large birds intrigue you, hear from a long-time emu breeder Alexandra Douglas about how to navigate raising them. All photos by author. There has been a growing popularity with emus over the last few years. Although the main uses for emus are for meat, eggs, and egg art, many are considering emus as […]Read more »
Converting an old entertainment cabinet into a DIY chick brooder is a fun weekend project! Here’s how to create a sturdy and safe brooder that your chicks will love! A few years ago, I decided to turn an old entertainment cabinet into a DIY chick brooder. The brooder has been amazing! It’s super easy to […]Read more »
Small flocks have always been at the forefront of grassroots local production. During the COVID-19 pandemic, small producers proved that they’re an important part of continuity and resilience. The coronavirus shelter-in-place exposed issues of how American food production works – or doesn’t. Local sources became more important for putting food on the table. Community-supported agriculture […]Read more »
These frozen yogurt treats are easy to make and they are a fun, healthy treat for your chickens on a hot summer day! During the warm summer, we all enjoy a nice cold treat! Frozen yogurt (aka “froyo”) is one of my favorite healthy treats to have on a hot day! But it wasn’t until […]Read more »