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Guide to Domestic Goose Breeds
March 14, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Most domestic goose breeds have been developed primarily to raise for meat, although some are bred with emphasis on ornamental attributes, such as curly feathers or head tufts. The main …

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Raising Ducklings Eventually Leads To Combining Flocks

By Lori Fontanes – If there’s one thing most waterfowl experts agree on when discussing raising ducklings and how to introduce ducklings to older ducks, it might be this: AIEEEEEEEEEEE! No, …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Ducks in Suburbia
March 14, 2019 . · Poultry 101

Ducks can be charming companions in suburban backyards. As someone who never raised so much as a parakeet on her own, the idea that I could look out the window and …

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The Brahma Chicken – Raising a Large Breed
March 14, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Many people ask me what is the best backyard chicken breed to raise. For me, my favorite has long been the Brahma chicken. Although I do feel like that is such …

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Keep Biofilm Out Of Your Flock’s Drinking Water
February 26, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Poultry drinkers that aren’t regularly scrubbed often develop bad-tasting biofilm that discourages drinking. Reduced drinking, especially during hot weather, can lead to dehydration, poor health, and fewer eggs. Biofilm is …

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Are Chickens Lactose Intolerant?
February 26, 2019 . · Feed & Health

One of the many sources of nutrients my chickens enjoy in their varied diet is milk from my Nubian dairy goats. Sometimes they get it fresh and warm, straight from …

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Raising Geese for Meat: A Home-Grown Holiday Goose
February 22, 2019 . · 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. The Sebastopol goose, for instance, has long, …

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Small Chicken Coops: From Doghouse to Bantam Coop
February 20, 2019 . · Coops

We wanted a couple of small chicken coops that were portable and could house a few bantam chickens, but we had neither the time to construct them from scratch nor …

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