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European Egg Supply Recalled For Use of Illegal Chemicals in Production

Eggs recalled over fipronil contamination.

Contaminated egg recalls in Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands have retailers removing contaminated eggs from the shelves. A criminal investigation has been launched.  Testing has shown high levels of the unapproved insecticide fipronil. Organic eggs are even at the center of the now scandal. Fipronil, an illegal insecticide, was mixed with treatments …

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Backyard Chickens for City Coops

Delaware from Kathy Bonham.

Choose the Right Backyard Chickens The city has many challenges for keeping backyard chickens. Noise, space, time, and lifestyles are but a few factors to take into account for keeping backyard chickens. Chickens come in many breeds, some more suited for backyard chickens than others. Chickens come in all kinds …

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KFC Gives Away Scented Sunscreen

KFC Fried Chicken Scented Sunscreen

Kentucky Fried Chicken gave away 3000 bottles of, get this, FRIED CHICKEN SCENTED Sunscreen.  Now you can do your coop errands out in the sun if need be and be protected from the sun.  All while smelling like fried chicken.  Perhaps the flock will take notice of the crispy fried …

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Looking at Your Bottom Line in Show Chickens

Danny Feathers Lower Lines

I’d like to go over a part of the chicken that I feel is the most important line on any bird. Everyone including a lot of judges get carried away with top lines of birds, they never see the bottom line of the bird.  The bottom line of your bird …

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Low Wing Chicken Genetics

Low Wings Everyone can tell when a males wings are low. This can be caused by several different reasons. There could be females around and he is flirting with them, or there could be another male around and he’s showing a little aggression.  These other birds may or may not be …

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Ducks as a Backyard Poultry Flock

Why Keep Ducks Ducks provide a multitude of services to the backyard keeper. Ducks provide not only meat and eggs, but control pesky bugs, slugs, snails, and the occasional mouse. Not all ducks fly and not all breeds are loud. Ducks provide a self reliant household with many good returns. …

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The Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch

We raise only standard bred poultry on our farm.   It is what some people are now calling heritage poultry.   All our breeders are certified by the American Poultry Association that they meet the standards of the breeds we sell. There are now a number of groups selling heritage poultry that …

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More Bird Flu Cases in Indiana

Around 400,000 turkeys and chickens will be euthanized in 10 Indiana poultry farms.  More than 150,000 chickens have been ordered destroyed because they are in the same area as the infected turkeys.   In addition to destroying nearly half a million birds, a six mile zone has been established to try …

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2015 Heart of the Ozarks Poultry Association Show

The Heart of the Ozarks Poultry Association (HOTOPA) hosted their 7th annual Ricky Bates Memorial show November 7, 2015 at the Washington County fairgrounds in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  This year the show faced many new challenges and shrinking numbers.  With the looming threat of Avian Influenza, the state of Arkansas had …

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Freezing Surplus Eggs for Later

When the weather is warm and the days are long chickens will be quite productive and happily supply you with eggs. Perhaps more than you can easily use. As winter approaches, their production drops. Where are those eggs now that you need them? Hopefully, in your freezer. When you have an …

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Diversify Your Poultry Stock for Breeding

This is a young cockerel, some will say he’s a little too long for a Plymouth rock. I try to keep an assortment of different breeding features on the chicken farm. There are times that you have females that are really nice but maybe a tad short for showing. This …

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Plymouth Rock Example for Breeding not Showing

Most will not like this bird for a show male. However this bird will produce outstanding females because he has incredible bone structure and skull width . He is wide between the legs and wide down the back. Great feather quality can be seen and he is really strong when …

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New Research Reveals Possible Chickens Toothed Past

We all have heard that the chicken is a close living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur.  The giant monstrous beast that ran on its hind legs terrorizing smaller prey is a predecessor of the smaller chicken family member.  It only takes a few looks to see the resemblance. Researchers …

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Starting a Backyard Flock – Choosing Chicks

Choosing Backyard Chicks Do a little research before you buy chicks, especially if you are purchasing online. Not only do you want a variety that suits your needs, they should be able to handle the weather in your area. Here in the northeastern Pa., we look for hens that can …

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