When it comes to keeping backyard poultry, chickens have long been the “go-to choice” for most poultry enthusiasts. However, over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of backyard ducks. These quacky and charismatic creatures not only make excellent pets but also offer a plethora of benefits to the garden and its environment. In addition, while ducks (in general) lay fewer eggs than chickens, their eggs are larger and are often described as having a richer flavor. In this article, we'll explore the basic care of backyard ducks while highlighting their similarities and differences
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Backyard chickens are the Beanie Babies of the 2020s. While you can’t “collect them all,” they definitely seem to be very, very popular. Enthusiasts, love them for their eggs, meat, quirkiness and companionship. Interestingly turkeys don’t seem to be as popular amongst the backyard chicken enthusiasts. While there are similarities between caring for chickens and turkeys, there are also notable differences that deserve attention. For example, female turkeys only lay an egg once or twice a week and it takes about 7 months from hatch (versus 5 months for chickens) before they are even able to start laying eggs. In
Judging chickens is a fascinating skill that requires a keen eye, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of poultry standards. Whether you're a backyard chicken enthusiast or aspire to participate in poultry shows, knowing a little about the basic of poultry judging is a good skill to have. In this article, we will delve into the basics of judging chickens, providing a comprehensive guide for beginners to start their journey in the captivating world of poultry evaluation. If you really get interested in poultry judging, get in touch with your local 4-H and FFA chapters to start participating in