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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

3 of The Best Dual-Purpose Chicken Breeds
July 22, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The best dual-purpose chicken breeds are important on the homestead because they produce both meat and eggs. Breed choice is one of those topics that every chicken keeper has definite feelings about.

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3 Ways to Perform an Egg Freshness Test
July 19, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites You may wonder why anyone would need to perform an egg freshness test since most people raising chickens for eggs check the nesting boxes every day. If you have …

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How to Tame Aggressive Rooster Behavior
June 18, 2020 · · 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.

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How to Cut a Whole Chicken into 11 Pieces
May 5, 2020 · · 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.”

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
April 18, 2020 · · 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 to lure the flock back to the chicken coop for roosting.

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What Causes Deformed Chicken Eggs and Other Egg Abnormalities?
April 13, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Egg abnormalities and deformed chicken eggs occur with almost every breed of hen at some point in her egg laying career. Eggs laid by non-commercially bred hens vary considerably in size, shape, and color.

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Do Eggs Need to Be Refrigerated and Washed?
March 23, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

Do eggs need to be refrigerated and washed? If you keep backyard chickens, the washing and storage of eggs are the two most controversial egg-related topics among avid owners of backyard chickens.

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How to Build a Chicken Coop for First-Timers
January 20, 2020 · · Coops

How to build a chicken coop and all the many features that can be built in or around them can be overwhelming for the first time coop builder. If you’re preparing to build your first coop, I know the question on your mind.

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Saving Heritage Chicken Breeds
November 4, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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