Poultry Genetics For Small and Backyard Flocks

If you breed poultry or are considering breeding poultry, a basic knowledge of poultry genetics is important. In particular, it is useful to understand the key elements of genetics and to know why certain traits exist in certain chickens.
A basic knowledge of poultry genetics begins with understanding the following key terms… Read Article

Topics in this Article Include
• Genetics of Comb Type
• Genetics of Feather Color
• Genetics of Shank/Foot Color
• Genetics of Dark Skin Color

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky

 

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Show Prep

What does the week before the show look like? What needs to be done to clean and groom your poultry to look their best for the judge? Read Article! Show Prep

 

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Little Giant Poultry Drinker, Solving the Overflow Problem

Many people are complaining this drinker overflows and leaves their birds without water, but there’s a simple fix to this problem! This drinker really is a good product, but there’s a trick to keeping it from leaking everywhere. I sent my first one back, the second ended up in the shed on a shelf. But now I use it every day and love it.

Solution to Overflowing

First of all, I’m sure you already know it’s important to place the drinker on level ground, and up on a cinder block is good practice too. But here’s the real trick to stop it from overflowing. After you fill the drinker full, loosely tighten the cover on top. Remove the black cap on side allowing the fountain to fill. While it’s filling, loosen the black cover on top (kind of a lot) then tighten it again. This will create the vacuum needed to stop it from overflowing. That’s it!

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How to Care for Baby Chicks | Articles from the Experts Across the Web

Basically the rules are the same. But that doesn’t mean there’s only one way to raise chicks. Maybe you’re looking for creative ideas, solutions, or have a unique situation to address.

Here’s what some of the experts say, you’ll find many variances that still follow the basic rules.

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Set up a brooding area. When raising just a few chicks (30 or less) use a large box with walls at least 18-inches high and place the box in a safe area away from drafts and household pets. Use a screen or a towel to cover the box. For larger numbers, a metal stock tank can used in an enclosed, draft free outbuilding… Continue Reading

My Pet Chicken | Caring for Baby Chicks

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Baby chicks require constant care and monitoring, so make sure your schedule is clear for the first 4 weeks! Don’t plan on vacations or even day trips unless you have a seasoned baby chick pro on standby. Make sure you or a member of your family are available to check on them at least 5 times a day… Continue Reading

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Ideal Poultry | Care Tips for Baby Poultry

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A variety of products can be used for initial brooding to provide a draft free environment. Most commonly used is a 12- to 18-inch high cardboard brooder ring formed around the brooding area. A circle five feet in diameter is needed for 50 chicks. Increase the size of the ring proportionately to the added number of chicks to be started… Continue Reading

The Chicken Chick | Baby Chick Basics

Murray McMurray | Chick Care Tips

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Poultry Need: Feed, Water, Heat, Light & Space.
FEED: Use a commercial chick starter for the first 8 weeks. On the first day cover the litter with newspaper and spread some feed on the papers and have your feeders full also. This will allow the new birds to find the feed. Use a 2 foot feeder for each 25 chicks… Continue Reading

Cackle Hatchery | The Care of Baby Chicks

The Old Farmer’s Almanac | Raising Chickens 101: Bring Up Baby Chicks
UrbanChickens.com | Raising Baby Chicks

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Backyard Chickens | How To Raise Baby Chicks – The First 60 Days Of Raising Baby Chickens

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New Chicken Keeping Articles | Sept. 28, 2015

An updated collection of chicken keeping articles from across the web archived in one convenient library on our menu bar.

Have an article to submit? Send it to amyichi@yahoo.com with ARTICLE SUBMISSION on the subject line.

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New Articles | September 28, 2015
Marans Chickens | Layers of Chocolate Brown Eggs
Chicken Quarters: 3 Reasons For Decline In Egg Quality – Urban Farm
The Chicken Chick®: Chicken Coop Bedding: Sand, the Litter Superstar
Broodiness in Chickens – Hobby Farms
6 Coop-winterizing Chores – Hobby Farms
Speckled Sussex : the right breed for you?
Treating and Preventing Frostbite in Chickens Naturally | Fresh Eggs Daily®
About Organic Chicken Farms – Hobby Farms
Wyandotte Chickens: A Top Backyard Choice | Backyard Poultry Magazine

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