Countryside Network is home to Backyard Poultry magazine! We’re a trusted daily source on how to raise healthier, more productive backyard poultry. When you have questions about chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, guinea fowl and more, we’ve got you covered. Whether you live on a farm, call the suburbs home, or are raising poultry as an urban farmer, we have the how-to advice you need for common questions. Wondering where to buy baby chicks, what can ducklings eat, when do hens lay eggs, and where can I learn about how to build a chicken coop? Turn to us for answers.
As you join the poultry farming movement, we’ll help you make sense of breed selection (including rare and heritage breeds), flock housing, and health and nutrition. And just when you think you know everything there is to know about raising chickens for eggs, unexpected questions will arise. Is your chicken laying soft eggs? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
Our network of Countryside contributors have amassed decades of experience in poultry farming. They are incredibly passionate about their hobbies and businesses. Beyond backyard chickens, our contributors understand the nuances of guinea fowl breeds and how to raise guineas. They understand small duck breeds and important considerations for keeping turkeys for meat and even raising geese for meat.
You’ll enjoy hearing from knowledgeable contributors like Gail Damerow, who has written a fantastic line-up of resource books about poultry, including The Chicken Encyclopedia, The Chicken Health Handbook, Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks and Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens. Don’t miss wonderful stories from Lisa Steele, founder of the popular blog FreshEggsDaily.com. Lisa’s site was recently recognized as a Top 25 backyard chickens blog. She’s also the author of celebrated books like Fresh Eggs Daily and Duck Eggs Daily. It’s been a scary year for poultry owners with the threat of avian flu. HenClass.com blogger Jeremy Chartier puts the spotlight on poultry health and disease with a special focus on avian influenza symptoms in birds.
Enjoy poultry farming and all the great stories on the Countryside Network!
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