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GRIT Country Skills Series

GRIT Country Skills Series Spring 2018

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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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…

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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…

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your backyard chickens

Share your visual perspective with Grit’s online community on, Facebook (, Twitter (@GritMagazine), and Google+ (Grit Magazine). We chose several of these images from those platforms. Post your best shots, and we just might select one for a future issue of the magazine. Email your images (300 dpi or higher) to along with your contact information (full name, phone number, and address). To admire even more readers’ photos, visit us at…

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chicken keepers share   experiences

Making the Ultimate Brooder Box By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Having an area properly prepared for your new chicks or ducklings is important in making sure they grow up healthy and safe. For some, it is easiest to use an old dog crate or a plastic tote and outfit it for the occasion, but if you are going to be getting new poultry regularly or annually, it is often best to build a brooder specifically for raising your young birds. I still use a brooder box my father built when we brought home a dozen chicks on Mothers’ Day almost 20 years ago. A good brooder box should last you, and it should be transferable to different types of fowl. HOW TO SIZE A BROODER BOX When considering the size of your box, think of how…

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taking precautions

Courtesy Pennsylvania State University News Service/Jeff Muhollem Lastyear, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 10 outbreaks of salmonella in 48 states linked to backyard poultry. Close to 250 people were hospitalized — 36 percent of those infected were children under the age of 5. One death was reported with these outbreaks. “More and more people are raising backyard chickens, and they need to understand proper techniques for handling birds and equipment,” says Phillip Clauer, extension specialist, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State. Clauer noted that because young poultry are cute, soft, and enjoyable to handle, people often forget the birds could be infected with salmonella bacteria. Young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems, he says, are especially at risk. Eva Wallner-Pendleton, poultry veterinarian at the Animal Diagnostic Lab…

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feed the flock

The old adage “You are what you eat” certainly applies to chickens. A strong foraging instinct gives chickens the ability to naturally thrive on a wide variety of plants and insects. However, some modern backyard birds aren’t lucky enough to range countless acres and forage for their nutritional needs. Further, young chickens have different needs than mature birds. In addition, layers and meat birds should be fed specific diets depending on their purpose. As the seasons change, so do nutritional requirements. So what is a chicken keeper to do? That all depends on what kinds of chickens you have and what their purposes are. Back in the old days, Grandma would toss a few handfuls of scratch grains and some kitchen scraps to the yard birds each day. Her hens would free…