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Wondering How to Wash Fresh Eggs? It’s Safer Not To!
April 14, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Americans tend to be germaphobes, which probably explains why we need to know how to wash fresh eggs. Maybe it comes from a deeply rooted cultural mindset that “cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

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

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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Breakfast of Champion Poultry Layers
March 15, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Good-quality layer feed is all your chickens really need to eat, but by adding a few supplements to their feed you can provide your flock a healthy boost to …

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Treats for Baby Chicks Can Be Fun and Nutritious
March 12, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Your initial focus when getting baby chickens was probably the basics: selecting a breed, setting up a chick brooder, and what you can feed chickens. When you were researching this last part, did you consider treats for baby chicks?

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Chick Nutrition – Start to Finish
March 8, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Knowing what to feed baby chicks is a critical first step to giving them a fighting chance. Precocial as they may be, chicks are still vulnerable to …

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A Guide to Common Duck Diseases
March 5, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Domestic duck breeds are generally extremely hardy and don’t often get sick as long as they are fed a healthy diet, given plenty of room to exercise …

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Buying and Saving with Friends — End-of-Day Hatchery Specials

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Buying leftover, bargain-chick assortments from your favorite chicken hatchery is one of the most fun-filled adventures that any poultry keeper or group of …

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Chicken Feather & Skin Development

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Most of us as children probably enjoyed picking up feathers when we were outdoors playing or walking home from school. It seems that …

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Getting Ready for Spring Chicks
March 4, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites If you have your heart set on a particular breed or variety of poultry, the best time to place your order is in early January, or as …

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Chicken Treats – How to Raise Mealworms and Superworms
January 20, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites In my middle school classroom, my students have learned how to raise mealworms, superworms, and Dubia cockroaches for years to be fed to our pet bearded dragon: …

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