Hank Will, editor in chief: 785-274-4355, 
Brandy Ernzen, brand manager: 785-274-4304, 

Inside Grit’s second edition of “Guide to Backyard Chickens,” on newsstands Feb. 8 

2011 Chickazine cover 

Incubate Like an Expert — Increase your chances of successful and healthy hatching with these incubation tips. 

Anyone Can Raise Chickens Help your new flock thrive with this primer to basic chick care and considerations.  

Build Your Own Coop — Use this simple plan to make a coop that’s easy to maintain, keeps birds safe and looks great.  

Choose the Right Backyard Breed Not sure which breed to choose? From Ameraucana to Wyandotte, Grit’s guide to 25 backyard breeds compares characteristics to find the best birds for you.  

Raise Chickens for Meat — Follow one person’s journey through selecting, raising and processing her first meat chickens, and what changes she would make going forward.

Chicken Recipes for All Seasons — Make tasty dishes year-round using chicken and in-season herbs and vegetables.

Protect Your Flock Learn which animals may be after your chickens and how to prevent losses. 

Shop Smarter for Eggs — Decode the labels on egg cartons and find affordable farm-fresh eggs wherever you live.

Guineas as Gardeners — Get rid of ticks and other insects quickly with guineas that act as gardeners, picking out the pests while preserving your property.  

About Grit  
Grit magazine ( has celebrated rural American lifestyles since 1882. Each bimonthly issue combines practical articles, product reviews, do-it-yourself building plans, beautiful photos, reader advice, humor and a healthy dose of fresh attitude to offer a complete guide to life outside the city limits. Grit offers syndicated content and e-newsletters for journalists and consumers, at no charge.

About Ogden Publications Inc.  
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. 

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