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GRIT Country Skills Series

GRIT Country Skills Series Spring 2019

The recently launched Country Skills book series by GRIT magazine is loaded with easy, healthy and do-it-yourself tips and tricks to make your life better. Whether it is making the perfect loaf of homemade bread or finally getting those backyard chickens, we have the solutions. You won’t be disappointed.

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Ogden Publications, Inc.
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community chickens

Featured Comments “Our rural postal carrier even took (the chicks) out of the box, put them under the heat lamp, and made sure they all had a drink!” —Suzanne Weber, via Facebook, on “Inside Look at a Hatchery” “A few things to know about guineas: They’re great tick and all-around bug eaters.… They are great farm yard guard dogs. They sound the loudest most annoying alarm to ward off and run off predators… They are dumber than a bag of hammers. They can fly, and very well might. But then spend a whole day running a fence line trying to figure out how to get back over it. We have about 25 and love them.” — Shellie McClish, via Facebook, on “Great Guide to Guinea Fowl” podcast Community Chickens Thinking of raising chickens? Check out Community…

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you tube channel

Benefits of Backyard Chickens Former Contributing Editor Robin Mather explains the many benefits to keeping backyard chickens. Not only will you get delicious eggs on a dime, you’ll have access to free fertilizer, organic pest control, hormone-free meat, and the simple joys of watching your chickens roam the yard. Go to for the video. Egg Production Supplement your diet and grocery budget with fresh eggs from your backyard poultry flock. Ensure your laying hens receive a balanced diet for the most nutritious eggs. Hank and Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Gordon Ballam talk tips for keeping hens in top laying condition at bit. ly/2kZxdv4. Feeding Chickens a Balanced Diet A balanced diet is important for all livestock, including your backyard chickens. Depending on their purpose—whether it’s meat, eggs, or both—your chickens need specific nutrients in…

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your backyard chickens

Share your visual perspective with our online community on, Twitter (@cchickens), Facebook (, and Pinterest (communitychicks). Post your best shots, and we just might select your photos for a future issue. Email your highresolution images (300 dpi or higher) along with your contact information (phone number and mailing address) to For more photos, visit us at…

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chicken enthusiasts share knowledge

Manage Your Flock’s Feather Loss By Kristi Cook When there’s a rapid loss of feathers among your flock, don’t assume your naked ladies and gents are simply replacing worn out plumage. Do a thorough flock check to rule out other causes and manage the situation as needed. Causes of Feather Loss MOLT The most common cause of feather loss is the annual molt. Fall’s reduced daylight hours and lower-intensity sunlight triggers the loss of old feathers and growth of new ones. Beginning at the head and working its way down, natural molting often makes chickens look as though they had a run-in with a blind barber while others merely experience minor balding. However, stress from disease, lack of water/feed, getting chilled, or a sudden removal of coop lighting can cause abnormal molting. This stress-induced feather loss…

8 minuti
the eggs-traordinary stantons

For several years, I’ve made a point of buying a dozen or so eggs from two young farmers who are regulars at the Columbia, Missouri, Farmers Market. They look so much alike that I figured they must be brothers, and I used to think they might even be high schoolers, earning a little extra money on their parents’ farm. I was right about their ages—at the time one of them was still in high school. But I was completely wrong about the “little extra money” idea. It turns out that the young farmers are the owners of Stanton Brothers Eggs, which according to the USDA, makes them one of the largest independent free-range egg producers in the United States. In 2014, the brothers raised 12,000 chickens that laid upward of 1…

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best chicken breeds for backyard flocks

Chickens are the perfect starter livestock for your homestead—whether you have a small backyard in an urban area or 20 acres in the boondocks. Chickens provide eggs, meat and fertilizer, plus they’re small and easy to manage. Several breed charts are available online and in books, but their information is often based on old data. So, to get current information, we developed a survey of our readers who have lots of experience with various breeds. (Many thanks to more than 1,000 readers who participated in the survey.) The summaries below include only results from people who have more than three years’ experience raising chickens. And we only included breeds or hybrids if at least three people responded to questions about them. Our survey didn’t ask which breeds are prettiest. That’s important, too,…