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Can you taste the eggs? Here's how to get started.
Choosing the right breed With spring on the way, it's a good time to start a chicken flock. If you've always wanted home-raised eggs and/or meat for your family or just some feathery pets...
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Most hens are able to lay eggs with no problem. However, some hens develop something called a prolapsed vent, which happens after an egg is laid. The vent, or oviduct, turns inside out and hangs...
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Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Keep them safe Listen to this radio story (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Merrill Marxman, manager, Kankakee County (Illinois) Farmers' Market We let chickens run...
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Top chickens in the show pen need vitality and elegance to win that blue ribbon. If you want a showman's bird, you'll do well with the Modern Game fowl breed. Radio interview source:...
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If you're looking for a duck that earns its keep, try the Khaki Campbell. Khaki Campbells are easy to raise, good foragers, and lay a lot of eggs. Radio interview source: Joel Martin, Hatchery...
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Ordering baby chicks Chickens are great fun to raise, especially the fuzzy, yellow babies. Order the peeps online and have them shipped, or hand-pick them at a feed store. Radio interview source...
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Radio interview source: Jesse Lyons, Extension Poultry Specialist, University of Missouri Listen here: How to keep hens laying in winter As daylight gets shorter, hens tend to stop laying eggs....
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Heat is tough on chickens. Feathers are great insulation from the cold but no help in the hot summer. Provide water to drink and to play in, and make sure there's plenty of fresh air. Radio...
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Remember butchering chickens at Grandma's? Catching the chickens, dressing them, and the fried chicken dinner later on. Processing your own poultry is a popular practice again. Radio interview...
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Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. If there isn't a hen to sit on the eggs, you'll need an incubator. Under the right conditions, you'll have little fluff balls in...

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