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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

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Five Reasons Why I Love Owning Chickens
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Being raised on a farm, owning chickens is a natural thing for me, but when someone asked me about my personal reasons for owning chickens, I had …

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Protecting Chickens From Predators: Can You Predator Proof Your Flock?
March 14, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Can you predator proof your flock? Of course, the answer is yes and no. As with most all other issues in life, the question of protecting chickens …

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3 of The Best Dual-Purpose Chicken Breeds
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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3 Ways to Perform an Egg Freshness Test
February 22, 2019 · · 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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My Great-Grandmother’s Egg Custard Pie
February 22, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites By Rhonda Crank In my experience, either either you’re a custard pie lover or a custard pie hater. My husband and I are custard pie lovers! My great-grandmother, …

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How to Build a Chicken Coop for First-Timers
February 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Build an Automatic Chicken Waterer System for Less Than $150
February 20, 2019 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Once he figured out how to build a chicken coop, my husband built my portable hen house on a tractor for me in 2009 for my, ahem, …

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