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Brooding Day Old Chicks

Introduction There are several different ways to begin raising chickens. If you want hens that will begin producing eggs very soon, you can start with started pullets. If you aren’t in as much of a hurry and want to take … Continue reading

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Barred Rocks

History Barred rocks were developed in New England in the 1800s. The Barred Rock entered the standard in 1874. The exact heritage of the Barred Rock is slightly unclear, as several people have claimed credit for developing the breed. Barred … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Peafowl

Peafowl (Peacocks and Peahens) are beautiful poultry, and many people raise them for their beauty. They are native to southeast Asia, including India.  Peafowl have been bred for sale from the time of the Roman Empire.  Although not many in … Continue reading

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What Traits Should I Seek in a Broody Hen?

When selecting a broody hen, you want a hen that will be a good setter and a good mother.  Our Facebook fans helped us come up with these lists of desirable traits and behaviors. A hen with good brooding, or … Continue reading

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How to Care For Your Chickens Through the Winter

For tips and information about how to best care for your chickens through the winter, please see these articles on our blog: Keeping the Chicken Water from Freezing Preparing Your Laying Flock for Winter (Part 1) and Part 2 – … Continue reading

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Winners for the Homesteading Chores, Ideas, and Contraptions Photo Contest

First Place Rhonda Silva won first place with this photo of her duck ramp. As first place winner, Rhonda won a $100 gift certificate. Here is Rhonda’s description of the ramp: Our Rouens needed a larger pool as they grew, … Continue reading

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Which Chicken Breeds Do You Recommend for Cold Climates?

Many of our breeds are well-suited for cold climates.  Some of the most popular cold hardy breeds are listed below. Breeds that Lay Brown Eggs Rocks – Barred Rocks, Buff Rocks, White Rocks,  Partridge Rocks, and Silver Penciled Rocks Wyandottes … Continue reading

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Winners for the Poultry Open Class Photo Contest

First Place Beth Kleinsasser won first place with the photo below of chickens on a Fall morning. As first place winner, Beth has won a $100 gift certificate.  The chickens in the photo are Black Stars, Red Stars, and a … Continue reading

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Winners for the Female Poultry Photo Contest

First and Second Place Michael McLaughlin won first and second place. His first place photo is of a Buff Brahma hen. Michael received a $100 gift certificate as a first place prize. His second place photo is a Silver Laced … Continue reading

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Winners for the Male Poultry Photo Contest

First Place Jennifer May Bryant won first place with this photo of her Royal Palm Tom Turkey. As first place winner, Jennifer has won a $100 gift certificate. The turkey in the  photo is about 2 years old and is … Continue reading

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