Ayam Cemani: Breed Information, Care Guide, Egg Color and More

Ayam Cemani

The Ayam Cemani has certainly had people talking excitedly about it over the last few years. It is a total blackbird – inside and out, so as you can imagine, it has been associated with the Dark Arts, especially in its’ own country of Indonesia. At the current time, they remain a pretty rare bird […]

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Lavender Orpington: Breed Information, Care Guide, Egg Color and More

Our recent article on the Buff Orpington was well received and prompted folks to ask about Lavender Orpingtons – it seems that Lavender is the ‘in’ color at the moment! Orpingtons come in a large variety of colors and patterns. These past couple of years have seen a steady rise in interest for Lavender and […]

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Muscovy Duck: Eggs, Facts, Care Guide and More…

Muscovy Duck- Eggs, Facts, Care Guide and More...

The Muscovy duck is an unmistakable sight with its bright red caruncles. This unusual-looking duck has been kept for hundreds of years and is a staple for many indigenous peoples of South America, adding eggs and meat to their diet. Although originally a tropical bird, it has adapted well to various climates and can thrive […]

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The Definitive Guide to Chicken Tractors and 13 Free DIY Plans

The Definitive Guide to Chicken Tractors and 13 Free DIY Plans

What exactly is a chicken tractor? Simply put, it is a mobile home much like a caravan, or trailer, which contains everything your chicken needs in her house. It is a portable chicken coop. It will contain food, water, a roosting perch, nesting box and a nice place for her to free range. In this […]

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Black Copper Marans: Complete Breed Guide

Black Copper Marans- Complete Breed Guide

A hen that seems to be all the rage at the moment is the Black Copper Marans chicken. It’s a beautiful bird that lays extraordinary, dark, chocolate-colored eggs. Although it has not been around that long (1900 or so), it has a fraught history with ups and downs and near extinction. The Marans breed has […]

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What Do Quails Eat? The Ultimate Quail Feed Guide

Despite the quail’s fragile appearance and reputation, they are quite hardy creatures that are relatively easy to feed. They are picky eaters, but once you understand what they need, it all makes sense.   If you raise other types of barnyard birds, different factors should be considered when raising quails. Factors like breed type, intended use, […]

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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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Beginner’s Guide to Raising Backyard Chickens

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Raising chickens can be many things: therapeutic, rewarding, fun and for beginners maybe a bit nerve wracking! There is literally tons of information about raising chicks and chickens and it is hard to sort through it all to determine what is right, what is not and what is just plain weird. In this definitive guide, […]

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Ameraucana Chicken: Care Guide, Color Varieties and More

Ameraucana Chicken- Care Guide, Color Varieties and More

The Ameraucana is a unique chicken among its peers. It is a fairly recent addition to the chicken breeds making its’ debut in the 1970s. It has a staunch band of breeders and followers in this country and many others and is slowly gathering more folks who are becoming devoted followers. The history of the […]

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Australorp Chickens: Everything You Need To Know

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The Australorp is a fairly recent arrival on the chicken scene, but in it’s relatively short history it has made a huge impression on chicken keepers and the poultry industry the world over. The name is a contraction of Australian black Orpington. The breed was called by several different names before Australorp was settled upon. […]

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