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Rhonda Crank

We live as close to nature as is possible for us in a modern world. We use organic, non-gmo practices based on the wisdom and skills my grandparents taught me, with a little modern ingenuity mixed in.
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Articles by Rhonda Crank

How to Raise Free Range Chickens
July 18, 2019 . · Chickens 101

In the discussion of raising chickens, there have been two traditional schools of thought. The first is total free range. Usually, an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used …

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How to Cut a Whole Chicken into 11 Pieces
July 14, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

I titled this article “How to Cut a Whole Chicken into 11 Pieces.” Perhaps a better title would be “How I Cut a Whole Chicken into 11 Pieces.” This is …

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How to Tame Aggressive Rooster Behavior
April 30, 2019 . · Feed & Health

If you have a rooster, chances are you’ve been spurred or chased. Some breeds are more prone to aggressive rooster behavior than others. I’ve never had a problem with Chief, …

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5 Common Chicken Diseases and Symptoms
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Not many vets specialize in chicken diseases and symptoms. Finding a good source of information, like Backyard Poultry magazine, is important. We keep chickens from the sustenance farmers standpoint. This …

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Feeding Your Flock Organic Chicken Feed
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

When deciding to use organic chicken feed for your flock, it’s first good to know what to feed chickens for a healthy diet. Believe it or not, an interesting fact …

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Raising Heritage Breed Chocolate Turkeys
March 14, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Keeping turkeys is more challenging than raising any other poultry. When we made the decision to add turkeys, we researched heritage turkey breeds. Our desire is to help preserve at least …

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Raising Chicks From Mail Order Sources
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Raising chicks from mail order sources is different from setting your own hens. You have to provide for all of their basic needs. Of course there’s an ideal way to …

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Black Australorp Breed Profile
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

The Black Australorp is one of the heritage chicken breeds we choose to keep. I have found heritage chicken breeds to be hardier than standard breeds. It’s our desire to …

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Speckled Sussex Chicken: A Favorite Backyard Breed
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

I guess every chicken keeper has a favorite backyard chicken breed. While visiting our farm, a young homesteader asked me which of the breeds I currently have do I like the best. …

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Saving Heritage Chicken Breeds
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Did you know there are many endangered heritage chicken breeds? Chickens, turkeys, geese and more are on the American Livestock Breeders Conservancy list of at-risk breeds. The risk levels run …

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