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Ever wonder why eggshells have odd bumps or discolorations? Learn how eggs develop, and troubleshoot eggshell problems with chicken owner and writer Elizabeth Diane Mack. For small poultry flock owners, eggshell abnormalities can be a bit scary. The internal shell development process occurs in less than 24 hours, and during this time, even minor upsets […]Read more »
Second in a three part series. Dr. Jacquie Jacob shares her research on how to effectively use heritage breeds for small-scale meat production operations. As discussed in Part 1 of this three part series, we ran a study at the University of Kentucky poultry research farm comparing three heritage breeds (Black Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock […]Read more »
Chicken Salad is a summer favourite. Spice yours up with some curry powder and a little yogurt. Our editor, Carla Tilghman, enjoys making this light curry chicken salad for the next day’s lunch. Letting the salad rest in the fridge overnight allows all the flavours to meld nicely. Curry Chicken Salad Prep time: 15 minutes (if […]Read more »
ZipAlexandra Douglas has been raising and breeding quail for over a decade. She began, like many of us do, by just getting a bird and going from there. Read about her early adventures and deepening understanding of how to selectively breed quail. Beginning with Stella I never knew I would be breeding Coturnix quail. I […]Read more »
Marissa Buchanan raises and breeds these rare, solid black chickens. She shares her experiences of owning a flock and the need to conserve this breed. Modern History of the Breed The rare and unique Ayam cemani is revered by poultry enthusiasts. With its black feathers, skin, and flesh, this breed is quite distinctive and certainly […]Read more »
Guineas may be new to you but they are not to author and researcher Christine Heinrichs. These beautiful birds still exist in the wild in Africa but have also been domesticated for a small flocks. Learn how to get started raising guineas. What are guinea fowl? Guinea fowl are birds from the family Numididae and […]Read more »
First of a three part series. Dr. Jacquie Jacob shares her research on how to effectively use heritage breeds for small-scale meat production operations. Small-Scale Chicken Production Small-scale broiler chicken enterprises are often competing with large commercial companies for a share of the consumer market. But there are ways that small producers can differentiate themselves […]Read more »
Welcome to the Community Chickens Podcast! Our hosts Zach Foley and Charlotte Brunin go in-depth into poultry related topics such as breed selection, disease treatments, nutritious feeds, cool coops, predators, eggs and much much more! Don’t forget to download, subscribe and leave us a friendly review so that we may continue bringing you these fun […]Read more »
Join us for our first #photocontest of the year! You can log onto the Community Chickens Facebook page and post photos. Every month we’ll be picking a theme and asking you to share your flock with us. Winners will be selected at the end of each month and the top three will be featured on the […]Read more »
This is a companion piece to Liz Fulghum’s article Low-Maintenance Backyard Chickens. Here Liz provides detailed equipment lists and instructions for building a low-maintenance food and water system for your backyard chickens. This DIY food and water system is ideal for a backyard flock of 3 to 6 chickens and for busy urban homesteaders with […]Read more »