Laura Hepburn

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15 Mother’s Day Gifts for Chicken-Lovers

These days, there are a ton of unique and creative gifts for chicken-lovers. Whether it’s a kitchen gadget with a chicken pattern, or the perfect boots for walking through the chicken yard – there are plenty of options out there for the chicken lady mama in your life. Here is a roundup of some of our personal favorites!

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Decorating Backyard Eggs for Easter

If you have a variety of backyard chicken breeds like I do, I’m sure you often hear that their eggs are so beautiful they don’t even need to be decorated for Easter. I hear it every time a neighbor, friend, or family member takes a gander at my blue, green, cream, and chocolate colored eggs. To be totally honest, it’s true. The eggs are gorgeous enough to display for Easter without any additional adornments or dyes.

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Chicken Breeds Selection For A Rainbow Egg Basket

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing breeds for your flock, but most perspective and current chicken owners have one thing on the brain… EGGS.  Sure, egg production is a major factor, but it’s no surprise that egg color has eclipsed many other considerations as people choose their breeds.  Similar to how a coach chooses a lineup, backyard chicken enthusiasts are now strategically outlining their flock to ensure a diverse egg basket filled with as many colors from the eggshell rainbow as possible.

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Dealing With Loss In The Backyard Flock

From choosing your breeds to create colorful egg basket to building the perfect chicken coop, getting into backyard chickens is a fun and exciting process.  Many backyard chicken keepers even name their hens, feed them treats, and spend time with them snapping photos or taking home video.  And while the experience is extremely rewarding, there are the less talked about, sadder sides of keeping a backyard flock.

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In Honor of 10,000 Facebook Likes: Top 10 Favorite Poultry Products!

Woohoo!  The Manna Pro Poultry facebook page hit 10,000 likes this morning.  In honor of all our fantastic fans, we have decided to review our top 10 favorite poultry products AND do a giveaway for 10 lucky poultry peeps!

You might not realize it, but Manna Pro actually offers 27 different specialty poultry products.  That's a lot of different ways to nurture your flock.  Not only does this mean that we offer a solution for almost every issue your birds might face, but it also means that choosing our ten favorites is HARD.  However, after much thought and deliberation, we have chosen our top ten product from our extensive poultry line.

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Top 8 Tips for Keeping Your Backyard Chickens Cool in the Summer

Well Memorial Day has come and gone and the summer heat is here to stay.  With that in mind, it is important to maintain a cool environment for your flock.  All across the country, temperatures for mid-summer can reach 90+ degrees with high humidity.  Although chickens are very adaptable to weather changes, they usually perform their best around 75 degrees and below.  Consistently high summer temperatures can cause your chickens to suffer from heat stress, overheating, or even stop their egg laying process.  For heavier breeds, extreme heat can even cause death.  Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to help combat the high summer temperatures.

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Baby Chick Product Feature: Chick Starter Feeds

It may not be the most exciting or revolutionary product, but that doesn't change the fact that if you have baby chicks - you need chick starter!  Chick Starter is now widely available in just about any feed store and can come in a variety of formulas.

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Chicken Breeds Spotlight: Rhode Island Reds

Rhode Island Reds are one of the most popular chicken breeds for backyard flocks for a variety of reasons.  They are dual-purpose, which makes them perfect for small homesteads, and are amazing layers of large brown eggs.  In fact, a well-fed Rhode Island hen can lay as many as 6-7 eggs a week!  They are very hardy in a variety of climates and many report their "RIR" hens to be exceptionally docile.

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Meet Manna Pro: Who Is That Crazy Chicken Lady, Anyway?

Hello!  My name is Laura and I am a chicken addict!  Have you been following Manna Pro Poultry and wondered, "Who is this lady, anyway?"  After several years of managing Manna Pro's poultry products, I thought it was time for me to introduce myself to all the good people who chat with me on the phone, on our facebook page and here on our blog!

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Baby Chick Product Feature: Water Protector

And now for our second "baby chick product feature" as part of our Chick Days blog series!  If you would like to check out our first post on Coop 'N Compost, you can click here.

As the "Poultry Brand Manager" at Manna Pro, I tend to love each and every poultry product we introduce.  However, I do have my "babies" - the products I hold especially dear.  One such product is our Water Protector.  This is my misunderstood child, in a way.  It's the type of product few people know exists and therefore don't try it out.

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