Poultry 101

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.


You’ll become expert in raising chickens when you download our FREE handbook, Best Backyard Chickens: Facts about Chickens, Best Chickens for Eggs, Raising Meat Chicken Breeds, What to Feed Chickens & Easy Chicken Coops to Build.


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!

Hatching Duck Eggs

Hatching Duck Eggs

· · Poultry 101

Hatching duck eggs is fun, and nothing beats the thrill of opening the incubator to find it full of bright eyed, curious, energetic creatures eager to get on with the  … Read More

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