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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

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

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 to stop and …

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

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 from predators is …

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3 of The Best Dual-Purpose Chicken Breeds
March 14, 2019 . · 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 …

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What Causes Deformed Chicken Eggs and Other Egg Abnormalities?
February 22, 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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3 Ways to Perform an Egg Freshness Test
February 22, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

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 ever opened a …

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My Great-Grandmother’s Egg Custard Pie
February 22, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

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, Ma Horton, was …

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

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

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, 43rd birthday. Providing …

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