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Tips for Raising Runner Ducks
April 14, 2021 · · 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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From Beet Dye to Pysanky: Decorating Your Own Flock’s Eggs

Add to Favorites By Janice Cole, Minnesota Using vegetable colorants, like beet dye, is a natural way to decorate Easter eggs. Or, for more of a challenge, try pysanky or …

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Plan Ahead for Buying Baby Chicks and Ducklings for Easter
March 29, 2021 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

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 too much to resist!

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Training Free-Range Guinea Fowl 101

Add to Favorites By Mel Dickinson – Guinea fowl are crazy. I always describe them as the wild toddlers of the flock. That being said, we would never be without …

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How Much Do Chickens Cost?
March 11, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Everyone is looking for a bargain, and raising chickens for eggs is the second rung on the homesteading ladder. The first is growing your own veggies.

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How to Raise Free Range Chickens
February 4, 2021 · · 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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A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Baby Chicks
January 30, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Free! Five baby chicks with each feed purchase! The deal is tempting and new chicken owners rush to the feed stores for free chick days.

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Raising Meat on the Farm for the Holidays and Beyond
December 2, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites Homesteaders looking to grow their food usually start at the easiest entry point and work their way up. Gardening is the simplest and cheapest way to start, …

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How to Influence the Law on Keeping Chickens in Residential Areas
October 23, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Are you interested in learning more about how to legally keep chickens in your residential area? Where does a wannabe chicken keeper begin? The road may seem daunting at first.

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Can Chickens and Ducks Live Together?
September 27, 2020 · · 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 run for years, my answer is always yes, but I do have a few cautions if you’re considering a mixed flock.

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