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Weasels Killing Chickens is Common, but Preventable

By Cheryl K. Smith, Oregon – Shortly after I moved to my homesteading land 15 years ago, I found a desiccated weasel in the barn. It was a long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), …

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Will a Broody Hen Adopt Ducklings?

By Susie Kearley – When Helen Redfern moved from the city to the countryside, she started keeping ducks, then chickens. The ducks insisted on sleeping outdoors rather than in a …

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Ask the Expert — April/May 2019
April 21, 2019 . · Ask The Expert

Tough Winter We’ve had a tough winter here in Central New Hampshire. Lots of snow and ice. The door to my chicken run becomes frozen often and I end up …

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The Risks of Keeping Goats with Chickens

By Doug Ottinger – Animals have been kept in mixed flocks for centuries. Whether it is mixed poultry, poultry with sheep and cows, or even keeping goats with chickens, written and …

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The Scoop on Using Prebiotics and Probiotics for Chickens
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

When chicken keepers get their birds, they often wonder what to feed chickens. It’s probably the first question most newcomers ask. They naturally concentrate on commercial feed rations, fresh water, …

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Treating Livestock and Chicken Eye Problems
March 14, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Livestock and chicken eye problems need to be treated as soon as possible. When our chickens and livestock get an eye injury or any type of wound, I grab the …

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The Emotional Gauntlet of Raising Meat Chickens & Other Livestock
March 14, 2019 . · 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. Those that don’t eat meat, period. Those that …

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How to Recognize & Prevent Muscle Diseases in Poultry
February 26, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Three conditions found in the breast meat of industrially grown Cornish cross broilers are of major concern to the poultry industry, but also can be disconcerting for anyone who raises …

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Raising Backyard Turkeys for Meat
February 22, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

Of all homestead poultry projects, raising backyard turkeys seems to appeal to the least number of people. Turkeys are amazingly stupid — from the newly hatched poults who can starve …

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Mastering Omelets
February 22, 2019 . · Eggs & Meat

What’s so difficult about making an omelet you might ask? Actually, you’re right; an omelet is very simple to make but how many great omelets have you actually been served? …

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