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10 Breeds of Chicken That Will Lay Lots of Eggs for You

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For many people, the main incentive for raising backyard chickens is a fresh supply of eggs. I still remember walking down to my chickens’ nesting boxes for the first time and picking up those warm fresh eggs! Knowing the chicken breeds that lay lots of eggs is important. Quick Look At Our 10 Best Egg […]

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15 Most Popular Ornamental Chicken Breeds

Popular Ornamental Chicken Breeds

Ornamental chicken breeds are a variety that is not known for their egg or meat production but has value in their unique appearance or other characteristics. Many actually lay well, but the size and number of eggs are less than what your standard commercially viable chickens accomplish.  There are quite a few ornamental breeds available […]

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14 Black Chicken Breeds You Can Easily Raise

Our color theme for this article is black chicken breeds! There are some gorgeous ‘Goth’ chickens out there, so we decided to showcase some for your pleasure. The majority of these chickens can be found quite easily on hatchery sites or even private sellers. There are, of course, several more black breeds, but they are […]

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Raising Chicks in the Winter

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Whether you want to get a jump start on raising chickens for the year, or maybe one of your hens decided to go broody right when the weather turned cold, you might have a lot of questions on how in the world you can raise little chicks in the winter! They can be pretty fragile, […]

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5 of The Most Common Quail Breeds for Homesteaders and Which is Right for You

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There are over 130 different kinds of quail breeds throughout the world but, if you are thinking of raising your own, there’s a handful of top-notch quail breeds suitable for the homesteader. Out of the 130-some quail breeds, five are most commonly found in the backyards of bird lovers. Each breed offers something a little […]

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Best Meat Chicken Breeds

When we think of meat chicken breeds, we often have a picture-perfect, fat, heavy-breasted, white bird in our minds. But the truth is, there are many different breeds of chickens to choose from. In fact, limiting your options will only guarantee that you’ll miss out on different flavors, experiences, and opportunities to get more out of […]

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7 Chicken Breeds That Do Well in Cold Climates

Chicken Breeds That Do Well in Cold Climates

The winter weather here in upstate New York during the winter can be brutal, and certain breeds of chicken don’t survive here. It’s crucial that when you’re considering which breed of chicken to get, you take into account your local climate in addition to the bird’s natural climate. A mismatch of the two can prove […]

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Our 13 Favorite Rooster Breeds (Including Pictures)

Our 13 Favorite Rooster Breeds (Including Pictures)

Putting together a list of our favorite rooster breeds is quite daunting! When choosing a rooster, you need to remember that their primary job is procreation and guarding the flock. Many do not enjoy being cuddled or even picked up – this is their nature, not a fault. I have never had success in importing […]

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Bantam Chickens: Breeds, Egg Laying, Size and Care Guide

Bantam Chickens- Breeds, Egg Laying, Size and Care Guide

Bantam Chickens are most suitable for small backyards where space is premium. You can easily fit two bantams into the space required by one standard bird, and since they like to fly, building up will accommodate them well. They may be small, but they are bursting with personality and happiness – of course, I may […]

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Top 10 Chicken Breeds That Lay The Largest Eggs

Top 10 Chicken Breeds That Lay The Largest Eggs

Believe it or not, chicken eggs are quite scientifically classified…and most people will be surprised to know that it’s not so much size that denotes Pee-wee’s classifications through Jumbo, but weight. So what are the chicken breeds that lay large eggs? Weight is pretty much down to the ounce—six ounces set apart small from large […]

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