Chicken Keeping: A Time-Honored Tradition

Chicken Keeping: A Time-Honored Tradition

Chicken keeping has a long and successful history, dating back to antiquity. Some 19th century writers would have their readers believe that prior to the Victorian era poultry breeding was not a specialized occupation. It was certainly elevated in status once poultry shows began awarding prizes for quality and for new breeds, but the number… Read More »

What’s the Difference Between a Barred Rock and a Dominique?

What’s the Difference Between a Barred Rock and a Dominique?

A lot of chicken keepers who are unfamiliar with both barred Rocks and Dominiques have trouble telling the difference between them. Once you’ve seen both, though, you’ll have no trouble readily identifying which is which.   First let’s get one thing straight: “Barred Rock” is not a breed. The breed is Plymouth Rock. The original… Read More »

Which Chicken Breed Looks Like a Hawk?

Which Chicken Breed Looks Like a Hawk?

With their large, hawk-like eyes, flattish head profile, downward turning beaks and striking feather patterns, Easter Egger chickens are often described as looking like hawks. Easter Eggers are related to Ameraucanas, which also have a somewhat hawk-like appearance.   Easter Eggers are not considered to be a true breed, because they lack uniform conformation and… Read More »

Myrtle the Para Chicken and the Battle of Arnhem

Myrtle the Para Chicken and the Battle of Arnhem

This September marks the 75th anniversary of World War Two’s Operation Market Garden, during which a hen named Myrtle parachuted into the Battle of Arnhem with Britain’s 1st Airborne Division.   Summer of 1944 was hot in Leicestershire, England, as paratroopers of Britain’s Tenth Battalion, Parachute Regiment waited for deployment. Irritable after a series of… Read More »

Geese: They’re More Than Meat and Feathers

Geese: They’re More Than Meat and Feathers

Goose flesh makes a delightful dinner entrée and the feathers can be used to make a comfortable pillow, but the eggs are yet another reason to raise geese. When we don’t need them for hatching, we use eggs from all our flock – turkey, duck, chicken, goose, guinea and occasionally pheasant. Nothing goes to waste.… Read More »

Why Raise Cornish Cross Chickens

Why Raise Cornish Cross Chickens

Raising Cornish cross chickens can put meat on your table faster than any other livestock. In just a few weeks you can fill your freezer with broilers that are tastier and better for you than anything you could buy at the supermarket.   The Cornish Cross chicken — also known as Jumbo Cornish Cross, Broiler,… Read More »

Olive Egger Chickens: 6 Questions Answered

Olive Egger Chickens: 6 Questions Answered

Chicken eggs in the United States were once available in two basic shell colors — unimaginative white and traditional farmstead brown. Along with the ongoing boom in backyard chicken flocks comes an interest in eggs with shells in a wider array of colors, including pink, blue and green. One of the most startling colors is… Read More »