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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 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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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
January 2, 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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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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What Causes Deformed Chicken Eggs and Other Egg Abnormalities?
August 31, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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, …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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