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Raising Geese for Meat: A Home-Grown Holiday Goose
December 6, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Raising geese for meat is the primary purpose for most goose breeds, although some are bred with an emphasis on other attributes as well.

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Raising American Buff Geese for Holiday Dinners

ALBC Research & Technical Program Manager: Our family has always had a taste for something different on the holiday table and the Christmas goose is among one of our favorites. As our family farm continues to grow, we thought that perhaps adding geese to our property would be a boon for our holiday festivities.

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Chicken Predators and Winter: Tips to Keep Your Flock Safe
December 2, 2021 · · Coops

Chicken predators are always a concern for small flock owners, but the risk of attack may actually be worse in winter months. Winter is the season of privation for all creatures, but extreme weather can change it from a time of scarcity to a season of starving. 

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Broad-breasted Vs. Heritage Turkeys
November 23, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Though frozen turkeys reside in your grocery store all year, they become the main attraction during the final two months. Many like the idea of heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving

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Respiratory Distress in Chickens

Add to Favorites By Wendy E.N. Thomas, New Hampshire Abnormal breathing in a chicken could mean the bird is hot, scared or it might mean that the bird has a respiratory disease. …

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What is a Heritage Turkey and What Does Hormone-Free Mean?
November 10, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites How can you ensure you purchase a hormone-free turkey this year? What is a heritage turkey, and why is it so expensive for being so small? Are …

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Keeping Guinea Fowl Safe
November 9, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Guinea fowl are unique in the poultry world. Anyone who has ever kept guinea fowl will know exactly what I am referring to. If you are wondering …

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Poultry Breeds…What Are They, Anyway?

Add to Favorites By D.P. Sponenberg – Breeds are important for many reasons. A main contribution of breeds is to organize the variation in a species into different genetic packages so …

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Practical Uses for Geese

Add to Favorites By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Maine If you are thinking about a gaggle of geese, first consider the purposes they will serve on your farm. The practical applications of …

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The Pros & Cons of Coop Heating: Do Chickens Need Heat in Winter?
November 2, 2021 · · Coops

Recently, I’ve been writing about safely heating backyard chicken coops and addressing the question: Do chickens need heat in winter? In New England, we get buried under heaps of snow and experience temperatures in the negatives.

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