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10 Ways to Keep Your Chickens Happy When You’re on Vacation

Add to Favorites By Cherie Dawn Haas – Owning chickens brings many rewards: the satisfaction of caring for animals, the bonding it creates among our families, and of course, the eggs …

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Rescuing British Battery Hens

Add to Favorites By Susie Kearley – While your backyard chickens probably enjoy a pampered life of luxury, some commercially farmed chickens have a more difficult life. The hen rescue initiative finds …

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Buckeye Enthusiast Keeps Heritage Hens Safe With Livestock Guardian Dogs

Add to Favorites By Brenda M.Negri – You can hear the dedication and sound reasoning in Washington farmer and heritage Buckeye breeder Barbara Judd’s voice when she says why she uses …

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Training Dogs Around Poultry

Add to Favorites By Ashley Haffey – You see the silky feathers slinking in the shadows just outside the pen. Your guts plunge to the bottom of your stomach because you …

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Lavender, for a Stress-Free Coop
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Lavender is one of my favorite herbs to use in my chicken keeping because it has so many benefits for chickens when you add it to their …

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Free-Range Chicken Problems

Add to Favorites By Donna Insco, Missouri — I have kept a flock of free-range laying hens for 20 years. Allowing poultry to roam can cause problems, but there are reasonable …

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It’s Show Time! Picking the Best Birds to Show and Making Sure They Look Their Best
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Picking show-quality chickens, either to represent your breeder flock or from the sale cages at a show, can be challenging. As always, information is king, so be …

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Test Your Soil to Keep Your Poultry Safe
February 26, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites At first, we thought maybe our duck had hurt her leg when we weren’t looking. Eight months old and full of energy, Puff, an adorable Buff Orpington, …

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Permaculture, Gardening with Chickens

Add to Favorites By Bob Egert, The Garden of Egert Crooked Creek Ranch, Texas We moved to the country three years ago. We are living on a 140-acre parcel that …

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Ah! There’s Nothing Like a Good Dust Bath in the Afternoon

Add to Favorites By Carrie Cook Verona, Wisconsin Perhaps you’ve noticed your flock scratching and rolling around in the dust, tossing up clouds of dirt and digging out holes, and …

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