How to Get More Eggs … Follow the Light!

Master Clipping Chickens' Wings with These Step-by-Step Instructions

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Brrrrrrr! That nip in the air means just one thing: Winter is here and with it comes the need to make seasonal changes to keep your flock safe, healthy and productive. From making sure your chickens have fresh water to adding artificial lighting in the coop (psst, this is how to get more eggs in winter), there are plenty of helpful tips in your December 2016 / January 2017 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine!

In this Issue:

+ Winter Water: Keep it Flowing For Your Poultry! — Lack of water can cause problems with digestion and a chicken’s ability to metabolize food. Keeping your hens hydrated in winter can be a challenge when temperatures plummet. Consider these tips to keep the fluids flowing, even in the coldest climates.

Winter Water For Poultry

+ Follow the Light … to More Chicken Eggs — A Maryland farmer devises a tool to combat decreased chicken egg production in the winter. Learn how increasing light in your chicken coop is the answer to how to get more eggs during the winter months.


+ Clipping Chickens’ Wings — Keeping your poultry safe sometimes means keeping them grounded. Learn a proper technique for safely clipping chickens’ wings, specifically their flight feathers.

Clip Chickens Flight Feathers

Cut across flight feathers bases.

+ Peace, Love and Pigeons — Tips for improving others’ lives with your pigeon business. Learn how raising homing pigeons can help others create lifelong memories.


+ In Defense of Raising Backyard Chickens — Backyard chicken owners are always being asked to prove why it makes sense to raise your own birds. One Connecticut couple explains how raising poultry could help you.

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 + Rosemary, For Better Circulation — Using Rosemary can add a number of healthy benefits to your chicken flock. Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily explains how rosemary can improve circulation in your poultry.

+ A Repurposed, Refurbished Coop — Get creative when building your chicken coop! Learn how running the neighborhood on garbage day can mean an endless pile of supplies for a chicken coop.

Plant a Chicken-Themed Garden — Planting the right vegetables, flowers and shrubs can actually make raising chickens easier, more fun, and healthier.

+ Dealing with Chicken Mortality — A sad part of raising chickens is that they can die a thousand different ways. But dealing with death can be an important lesson.


A rooster goes on the defensive to protect his flock.

+ The Roman Goose — Tufted or not, this smaller goose breed is a great bodyguard and backyard pet.

+ Cooking Duck Breasts — Surprise your holiday dinner guests with duck breasts, and while you’re at it, break all the rules.

Masala Duck with Apple-Cranberry Chutney

Masala Duck with Apple-Cranberry Chutney

+ All Cooped Up, Again — Mark Hall is all cooped up, again. Poultry raisers learn quickly that your arch nemesis can become the strangest things … like a coop door lock.

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 December 2016/January 2017 issue and many more to come.

Do you have winter weather tips to share? Share them in the comments below!


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