There are a couple of different ways you can expand your flock. One way is to use the best broody hens in your flock. For those who don’t want to expand their flocks, you will have to break the hen of her broodiness. If you want to hatch eggs, a broody hen can be your best friend. Keep in mind that not all breeds are created equal. Some are more broody than others. Heritage breeds are more broody than hybrids and often make the best broody hens. Learn the top five picks for broody chicken breeds.
Also, baby chick health basics, what you need to know. Here are some steps for you to take to make sure you don’t have baby chicks dying.
In this Issue:
+ Expanding Your Flock With a Broody Hen — Let your broody hen do the work. By P. Allen Smith
+ Homemade Cream Puffs and Eclairs — Homemade cream puff and eclair recipes. Plus, yummy cream fillings and much more! By Rita Heikenfeld
+ Baby Chick Health Basics — Learn how to get your chicks started right. By Pam Freeman
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+ To Refrigerate Eggs or Not? — American vs. British egg keeping. By Susie Kearley
+ NPIP Certification 101 — The whys and hows explained for obtaining NPIP certification. By Jeremy Chartier
+ An Eggsquisite Knitted Washcloth Pattern — A knitted washcloth pattern in the shape of an egg. Perfect for poultry people. By Kathleen Cubley
+ Raising Chickens and Children — Life lessons learned while caring for a flock. By Erin Phillips
+ Guinea Fowl Realities — The highlights and challenges of raising guineas. By Susie Kearley
More Great Resources, Stories, and Tips in Each Issue:
Chicken Math is Real! Photo Essay
From The Editor 13/2: Watch Out For Your Broodies
Coming Events 13/2
Reader Submitted Letters: Something To Crow About 13/2
Fewer Chickens on Facebook? Not on Our Watch!
Backyard Poultry Bookstore
Poultry Talk 13/2
Flock Photos 13/2
Just for Fun
And much more!
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