homesteading

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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Can Chickens and Ducks Live Together?
August 3, 2019 · · Poultry 101

“Can chickens and ducks live together?” is one of the most common questions I get from readers. Since I’ve been raising my chickens and ducks in the same coop and …

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
July 18, 2019 · · 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 …

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How to Influence the Law on Keeping Chickens in Residential Areas
June 28, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Is keeping chickens one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you interested in learning more about how to legally keep chickens in your residential area? Where does a wannabe chicken …

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Top 10 Duck Raising Questions Answered

By Alina Jumabhoy from New Life on a Homestead – While ducks are relatively easy poultry to raise and care for, they do still have specific requirements that need to be met. Whether …

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Tips for Raising Runner Ducks
March 14, 2019 · · 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 …

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Keeping Jersey Buff Turkeys on a Heritage Turkey Farm

By Christina Allen – Of the few people keeping flocks of heritage turkeys, most seem to either just buy a few poults to raise for harvesting in the fall or …

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Plan Ahead for Buying Baby Chicks and Ducklings for Easter

There’s little doubt that you will consider buying baby chicks, ducklings or bunnies once they begin to appear in the garden centers and feed stores across the country. The cute factor is almost …

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Silver Appleyard Duck Breed Profile
March 14, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Silver Appleyard ducks are a great all-round heavy breed: friendly, great foragers, growing quickly to produce delicious, lean meat and plentiful eggs.

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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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