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Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock
May 25, 2020 · · Sheep

“What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images to my mind from the first time I saw sheep bloat: Read More

Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
May 25, 2020 · · Pigs

The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it's on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy. Read More

Goat Journal May/June 2020
April 2, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The May/June 2020 issue of Goat Journal arrives in-home April 23rd, but Backyard Goats Members can read it now! Subscribe for valuable stories on using Lutalyse, human pregnancy risks when raising goats, proper dairy sanitation, a Breed Profile on Nubian goats, and new ideas to use up that extra milk! Read More

Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 Goat Health from Head to Hoof
March 4, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 - Goat Health, from Head to Hoof - will be available for subscribers ONLY, in-home March 15th. But Backyard Goats members can read it NOW! Read More

The Best Goat Gestation Calculator
January 15, 2020 · · Ownership

What is the goat gestation period? Did you know that Boer goat gestation period differs from Nigerian dwarf gestation? To use this goat due date calculator, select from miniature or full-sized goats then enter the exposure date. Read More

Kat’s Corner: Answers about What to Feed Goats

Kat's Caprine Corner answers your pressing goat questions. In this issue: What to feed goats. And will poison hemlock hurt my animals? Read More

Our Coolest Coops Photo Contest is Back — Starts May 4th
May 1, 2020 · · Coops,Giveaways

Grand Prize Winner — as chosen by the Backyard Poultry editorial staff — will receive a ChickSafe Eco Automatic Chicken Coop Door Opener from Brinsea, prominent placement in the August / September 2020 issue of Backyard Poultry, a commemorative coop sign, and a copy of Reinventing the Chicken Coop from our bookstore. Read More

Backyard Poultry June/July 2020
April 22, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry June/July 2020 • 15/3 is in-home May 14th but available online NOW! Subscribe for stories on kids in 4-H, FFA, and Grange, picking out roosters before they crow, how to REALLY know if eggs are bad, and a disease profile of fowlpox. Read More

Need an Egg Incubation Timeline? Try This Hatching Calculator

Use this handy calculator to determine the incubation period: chicken eggs vs duck eggs, goose eggs, turkey, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, pheasant, and emu. Then set your eggs and watch them develop! Read More

How Long do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
January 16, 2020 · · Flock Files

Because they don’t have feathers to self-regulate temperature, newly hatched chicks depend on mothers to keep them warm. Darting beneath wings when they’re cold, and coming out to eat and drink, babies thrive on the mother-to-chick relationship. Brooder chicks must have appropriate heat sources, and humans must closely monitor them with thermometers and good judgment. Read More

Download our Free Poultry Guides
October 2, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Need some support with your flock? Take a look in one of our helpful poultry guides! Read More

Small and Useful Bantam Chickens

Bantam chickens are the introduction to chickens for a lot of people. They aren’t a breed, but an entire set of chicken breeds. Read More

What Does a Caught Swarm Need to Thrive?

I just caught my first swarm by placing a deep hive body on top of a very active swarm on a low brush pile. When I got the deep back to the yard, I installed a frame feeder and a top feeder as well as a pollen patty. I inspected the hive yesterday afternoon, and it is packed out with bees (maybe 5-6 lbs ). Read More