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If you have chickens, you already know the basics of raising poultry. Are you looking to take your backyard flock to the next level by adding in a couple turkeys?
Turkeys can make a fun backyard addition to provide your family with unique companionship, great life lessons and nutritious meat and eggs. But they can take a bit more TLC than backyard chickens,...
Peafowl, quail, pheasants, guineas and other game birds are a unique option for flock raisers.
If you're looking to add beauty and variety to your flock through peacocks, game birds and ornamentals, here are a few ideas to start: Raising peacocks Raising peafowl may seem exotic, but...
With a rooster in the barnyard, you don't need an alarm clock
It may seem crazy, but I love the sound of roosters crowing. At one time, we had three roosters sounding off each morning. That was a bit much, especially when they started at 4 a.m. Poultry...
Let them eat whenever they want, or keep the feeding under control.
There is no right method for getting the chickens fed. Do what works for you and your birds. Auburn University Extension Poultry Specialist Joe Hess says chickens only eat when they need to....
If you don't have a hen to sit on the eggs, you'll need an incubator
Broody hens will sit on eggs no matter what in their quest to become mothers. Sometimes you have a hen that won’t sit on her eggs and if you can’t do anything to encourage her, you'll...
Make chickens comfortable when they go for a ride
When you order a batch of chicks, they usually come from the hatchery to the post office in a cardboard box with air holes. Transporting them safely is always a concern. Extension Poultry...
Check out these three interesting poultry breeds, and learn where to find information for over 100 other feathered friends!
Raise Muscovies for pest control, meat, and eggs
Muscovy ducks have become popular animals to have on a small farm. People enjoy their lean, nutritious meat that is comparable in taste to sirloin steak. Muscovy ducks are prolific egg layers,...
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...