Countryside Network is home to Backyard Poultry magazine, and is a trusted daily source on how to raise healthier, more productive backyard poultry, including chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and guinea fowl. 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 like 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.
As you join the poultry farming movement, we’ll help you make sense of breed selection (including rare and historic breeds), flock housing, health and nutrition, and so much more. And just when you think you know everything there is to know about raising chickens for eggs, unexpected questions will arise like why is my 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, and are 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 raising 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 ever-popular blog FreshEggsDaily.com. Lisa’s site was recently recognized as a Top 25 backyard chickens blog, and she’s 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 flu symptoms in birds.
Enjoy poultry farming and all the great stories on the Countryside Network!
It’s important to know how chickens cool themselves. They don’t sweat like us. Instead, they spread their wings and lift their feathers to let heat escape. … Read More
Can chickens eat watermelon? Yes. You can feed it to them directly, or you can get fancy with cooling Watermelon Soup with Mint. … Read More
Today we answer the question: “why are my chickens laying soft eggs?” This is a common problem throughout the year for people who are raising laying hens. … Read More