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Providing supplementation helps chickens during cold weather
In the wintertime, free-range chickens don’t have bugs to dine on, but they do like to scratch under a light snow and pick up seeds, and nibble on refuse from the fall garden. On...
This unusual bird adds variety to your flock
Turkens don't have feathers on their necks. Often referred to as Naked Neck Chickens or Transylvanian Naked Necks, some people think Turkens are a cross between a turkey and a chicken, but that...
Featured in our latest issue, Pick. at Garden Patch Farms is run by Tony Ndoca and Lexie Miller, two siblings from Illinois. Learn about their pick-your-own style farm!
Feathers are great insulation from the cold but no help in the hot summer
When my family was raising chickens, we made sure they had a lot of water to drink and plenty of shade to help prevent heat stress. Sheila Purdum is a poultry specialist at the University...
If you build a chicken tractor, you'll have mobile pest controllers and fertilizers.
Lots of people let their chickens free range around the barnyard during the day. Sometimes the varmints get them, so enclosing them inside a chicken tractor would keep them safer. Chicken tractors...
Getting started with chickens
Dear Purina: My friend Laura is an amazing mom. Her kids are always running around outside, enjoying the fresh air. She says the secret is backyard chickens. Her kids helped pick out chicks and...
Daniel Salatin says his success comes from mimicking nature
The land on Polyface Farm of Swoope, Virginia has been worked for over two-centuries. You’d think it would be tired out, but owner Daniel Salatin says they’re healing the land and the...
Here are building plans and a materials list for a backyard coop.
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... use these instructions to build a coop right in your backyard and start raising chickens. Download our FREE PDF by clicking the link below.
This Minnesota family saved their farm by going direct to consumers.
Make sure your birds have the food they need to stay healthy all winter.