Chicken Breed Directory: Find the Right Breed for You

Plus, Plans for a DIY Mobile Chicken Coop, Hatching Duck Eggs, Rooster Care and More!


Our February/March 2017 Issue is NOW AVAILABLE, featuring the 2017 Chicken Breed Directory. Subscribe today!

Nankins? Plymouth Rock? Rhode Island Reds? What chicken breed is right for you? Use this guide to help you choose what the correct fit for your backyard flock. Plus, mobile chicken coops are great for many reasons and we’ll show you how to build one for your backyard. Find all this and more in your February/March 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine!

In this Issue:

Spring Chicken Breed Directory — A guide to help you choose what breed of poultry is best for your backyard flock. Size, egg color, feathers, characteristics and more are covered on more than 25 poultry breeds.


Hatching Duck Eggs — Duck eggs aren’t chicken eggs. We explain the hows and whys of hatching ducks. 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 business of life. Successfully hatching duck eggs, however, can also be a challenge, especially for anyone with experience hatching chicken eggs. Not all of the same incubation techniques apply.

Duck Eggs

Duck eggs arranged in a turkey egg hatching tray, ready for incubation. Photo by Gail Damerow

+A DIY Mobile Chicken Coop — How to make your own mobile chicken coop. This is a fun project and very easy to modify for small, medium or large flocks. The house is a 7-by-3-foot frame and will fit up to 12 to 14 chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coop

The First Two Weeks of a Chicken’s Life — Early care is important to establishing a chick’s new home. When the chicks get home, here are some tips about how to be ready.


Healthy Feed: Broody Hens & Chicks — Poultry feed questions and answers by Lisa Steele, author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally.

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 + Cock-a-Doodle…Don’t? — When you get a rooster you can’t take care of, there are options beyond culling.


Coop Inspiration 12/1: The Coop de Ville — Reader-submitted chicken coop idea.

Finding the Non-Layers in Your Chicken Flock — It’s not unusual for one or two hens in a small flock to eat their share of feed, relax and rarely lay an egg. Although most flock owners don’t attempt to make money selling eggs, spotting and eliminating freeloaders saves feed dollars and keeps the eggs coming. The trick is figuring out which hens aren’t laying. (Sponsored by Nutrena.)

Delightful Sebrights — This smaller breed could be just right for your backyard. Sebrights are active, spunky and easily tamed.


+A Guide to Poultry Parasites — However small, parasites can have a big impact on the health of your flock and the success of your poultry program. The key to any successful flock is a proper parasite management plan to protect your birds from both internal and external parasites.

The Toulouse Goose — Kirsten Lie-Nielsen continues our series on geese by introducing the largest of all goose breeds.

Toulouse Goose

Toulouse geese are the largest breed of geese, weighing in at close to 30 pounds.

+Recipes: Time for Pi(e) — Delicious Chicken Potpie and Chicken & Spinach Pie recipes. Along with tips to help you as you assemble your pies, and a how to make a pie collar.

More great resources, stories and tips in each issue:

Photo Essay
From the Editor
Backyard Poultry Bookstore
Poultry Talk: Ask Our Experts
Coming Events
Book Reviews
For the Love of the Hobby
Just For Fun
Gertrude McCluck
Breeder’s Directory & Classifieds

And more!

Backyard Poultry magazine is your best source for information on how to raise healthier, more productive backyard chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and even keeping guinea fowl. Whether you live on a farm, call a suburban neighborhood home, or are mastering poultry farming in an urban environment, we have the how-to guides and tips.

Never miss another great issue! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry today and get the February/March 2017 issue and many more to come.

What’s your favorite chicken breed? Share in the comments below!


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