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Alternatives to Culling Chickens
April 5, 2020 · · Feed & Health

My oldest chicken is eight years old. She still manages to pop out a handful of eggs a year, but they’re usually wrinkled and a bit misshapen with thin shells. She certainly isn’t winning any awards for egg production and we can’t rely on her for breakfast any longer!

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Where to Buy Baby Chicks

After figuring out which chicken breeds will best suit your family or farm, you need to decide where to buy baby chicks.

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10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
March 17, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Have you given any thought to how fermenting chicken feed can benefit your flock of backyard chickens? Fermenting is all the rage nowadays, both in people foods (think yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, buttermilk, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, even beer and wine!) and chicken diets as well, although the process has been used for hundreds of years as a food preservation method.

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Everything Worth Knowing About Chicken Eggs
March 14, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

“It was a brave man who first ate an oyster,” Jonathon Swift said, but the first person to eat an egg must have been even braver. Or very, very hungry. Imagine breaking open an egg, not knowing what you’ll find inside! 

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Tips for Raising Runner Ducks
March 8, 2020 · · 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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The Emotional Gauntlet of Raising Meat Chickens & Other Livestock
February 22, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

“You’re raising meat chickens? You horrible, heartless human.”
It’s a constant fight, isn’t it? And there are many sides on the battlefield.

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
January 2, 2020 · · Chickens 101

In the discussion of raising chickens, there have been two traditional schools of thought. The first is total free range. Usually, an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the chicken coop for roosting.

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Raising Turkeys with Chickens – Is it a Good Idea?
December 12, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Raising turkeys with chickens has been discouraged for years, but despite that, many homesteaders are going back to a mixed flock approach. There are some excellent benefits …

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How To Get NPIP Certified
December 10, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing how to get NPIP certified is key to taking your poultry hobby to the next level. Many of us sell eggs off the farm, and some …

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Can Chickens Eat Oatmeal?
December 8, 2019 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites Can chickens eat oatmeal? Yes. They certainly can! Oatmeal for chickens is one of my favorite treats to serve my flock in the winter. Warm oatmeal for …

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