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Mother Earth News and Friends

Aug 31, 2017

In this episode of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends Kellsey Trimble, of Grit, sat down with Alison Martin from the Livestock Conservancy and Cindy Gibson from the Guinea Fowl International Association to discuss popular poultry breeds and species that you may want to add to your homestead.

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Kellsey Trimble, the managing editor of Grit, enjoys immersing herself in the homestead lifestyle as frequently as possible. We were happy to have her on this episode as she continues to enjoy backyard poultry and is expand her expertise on self-sufficient living. You can find Kellsey's blog, Thistle Moon Ridge, on

Alison Martin, Ph.D. is the Livestock Conservancy’s Executive Director. She has more than 20 years in poultry science, specializing in health and vaccine development. She was a key leader on the world’s first in ovo (in the egg) vaccine for coccidiosis. Alison has a Ph.D. in Genetics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she specialized in disease resistance in poultry.

Cindy Gibson is president of Guinea Fowl International, an organization founded to support responsible guinea-keeping and to educate on the care and habits of guinea fowl. She first acquired guineas to help combat a grasshopper infestation on her Texas ranch, and now keeps more than 100 guinea fowl (along with her chickens, ducks, and grazing animals). She helps new guinea-keepers and frequently speaks to groups about the why-and-how to incorporate guinea-keeping into a landscape or farm. In particular, she helps dispel some of the myths and misinformation that has led some to unsuccessful attempts at guinea-keeping.

Here is a collection of related articles you may enjoy:

Guinea Fowl International

Livestock Conservancy

The Big List of Heritage Chicken Breeds

 Chicken Breeds: Choosing Your Backyard Flock

 Raising Guinea Fowl: A Low-Maintenance Flock

An Introduction to Raising Geese

A Homestead Guide to Domesticated Ducks

Heritage Turkey Breeds for Homesteaders


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