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Lessons Learned by a Quail Newbie
September 23, 2021 · · Poultry 101

A few years back we decided it would be a fun adventure to add quail to our homestead. They say knowledge is power, and my friends, you have no idea how true that is until you go into something completely uneducated about that particular topic or situation.

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Coturnix Quail Farming: Tips For Smooth Quailing
September 23, 2021 · · Poultry 101

If you’re looking for an easy livestock addition for your backyard or homestead, you need look no further than the Coturnix quail for quail farming. They consume very little feed and require very little care to produce healthy, gourmet-quality quail eggs and meat for your family.

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Waste Not – What to Do With Eggshells
September 21, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Homesteading is about learning to make do with things other people would throw away. One traditional homesteading tip involves what to do with eggshells.

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Just Ducky – The Sustainability of Muscovy Ducks
September 20, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Despite the prevalence of more modern, industrialized breeding methods, which have all but erased genetic diversity, some of the older breeds and species have adapted and still hang on. One of the more impressive examples of this is the Muscovy duck.

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Protein and Enzymes in Organic Non-GMO Chicken Feed

Chickens’ diets influence the nutritional value of the eggs or meat they produce, so flock owners find it important to feed organically to avoid the genetically modified organisms, pesticides, and herbicides present in most conventional feed.

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Homeopathy for Poultry and People

Two homeopathic remedies I have used the most through the years for chickens and the people (me), who had to learn the hard way how to handle chickens, are homeopathic Arnica montana and Ledum palustre.

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My Inexpensive, Low-Energy, Automatic Chicken Water Heater
September 20, 2021 · · Coops

With winter looming, I needed an inexpensive, worry-free way to keep my chickens’ water from freezing. Inspiration was hatched at the thrift store by a used curling iron that consumes only 13 watts of power.

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Therapy Chickens Combat Isolation and Loneliness

The therapeutic value of taking dogs to visit hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes is well known. Even docile cats are now sometimes used as therapy animals, providing companionship, confidence, and a feeling of well-being to people in need.

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Six Heritage Turkey Breeds on the Farm
September 13, 2021 · · Poultry 101

We thought you would enjoy a side-by-side comparison of the six heritage turkey breeds that we raise on our heritage turkey farm. We have been raising heritage turkey breeds for quite a few years now.

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The Evolution of Turkey Farming
September 13, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Ah, the glory of Thanksgiving and turkey farming in the past. Norman Rockwell painted the picture that memorializes in our minds what the …

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