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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

What Causes Deformed Chicken Eggs and Other Egg Abnormalities?
August 31, 2019 · · 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, …

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Do Eggs Need to Be Refrigerated and Washed?
August 8, 2019 · · 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 …

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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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