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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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An Experience With Emus

My emus eat mostly grass, though they also have a staple ration of ratite pellets every day, and slightly more in the winter when the grass is worse. They will also eat blackberries, and anything else that takes their fancy so you have to make sure they can’t get to …

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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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Perfect Show Poultry Improvement

White Plymouth Rock Show

Breeding Corner with Danny Feathers Nearly perfect show poultry like this white Leghorn doesn’t come around very often , it makes you really appreciate them a lot. There’s been a lot of nice comments about it in the show poultry hobby, but there’s still room for improvement. I’ve been working a little with …

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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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