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What Do Ducks Eat?
April 14, 2021 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

The number one question I always get from backyard chicken keepers thinking about adding some domestic duck breeds to their flock is “What do ducks eat?” Fortunately, ducks can do quite well on chicken feed, although there is waterfowl feed available commercially for those who raise only ducks; or ducks and geese together.

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Tips for Raising Runner Ducks
April 14, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Keeping Runner ducks combines the benefits of raising poultry with the entertainment of watching penguin-like bowling pins forage around the yard. After dabbling in call ducks, I increased my flock to include Fawn and White Runner ducks.

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Turkeys by the Dozen

I really don’t know why Mother decided to raise turkeys.
Mothers and fathers often gave up their own dreams to see that the dreams of their children came true. Perhaps, in some ways, the Great Depression brought out the best in everyone.

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Breed Profile: Black Turkey
April 12, 2021 · · Poultry 101

The Black turkey, sometimes called the Black Spanish or Norfolk Black, is a heritage variety of traditional poultry popular before the 1960s. Consumers are rediscovering its hardy attributes and superior flavor.

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Raising Turkey Poults in a Healthy Brooder Environment
April 12, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Raising poults is not the same as raising chicks or ducklings. They are much more delicate than other poultry species. Here are a few tips and tricks for successfully raising poults to maturity.

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Frescoes: Time-Honored Practices
April 12, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Michelangelo and Raphael would be pleased to see old-world techniques in creating and preserving frescoes are still practiced today. How satisfying to know modern-day artists respect the proven methods of long ago using simple ingredients from the earth for their chosen projects.

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Setting Up Your Outdoor Chicken Brooder
April 12, 2021 · · Coops

Everyone needs an outdoor chicken brooder! Learn how to set yours up with or without chicken brooder plans. You’ll thank yourself for this little project!

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What Chicken Grower Feed is Right For You?
April 12, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Originally published in Backyard Poultry April / May 2017. Subscribe for more helpful tips like this! Chicken grower feed and adult feed rations are a critical part …

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Hatching Guinea Keets under Broody Hens

Guinea fowl should be a welcome addition to any farm or homestead. They are relatively low maintenance, probably eat their weight in ticks and other bugs (likely the reason they cost less to feed), and are considered flock guardians because they sound a loud alarm when anything that doesn’t belong comes near.

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Ten Things Every New Chicken Owner Should Know
April 8, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Chickens gain popularity every year, and for a good reason! They provide us with breakfast, entertainment, and so much more.

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