Recent Blog Posts

  • Keep Your Flock Happy and Healthy

    April 16, 2019
    Whether you have just a few chickens or a large, widely varied flock, a happy, healthy flock will be better socialized and will be more productive layers. Fortunately, happy and healthy go together and it is easy to keep chickens in superb condition with just a few easy steps.
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  • Pecking Order in Chicks

    April 1, 2019
    Every commercial poultry farmer, hobby farmer or urban backyard farmer who keep a few chickens is aware that a pecking order exists in every flock, but how can young chicks fit into that hierarchy?
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  • Tips On Raising Poultry

    March 16, 2019
    Raising chickens on your estate or even in your backyard is a very fulfilling activity that requires dedicated time and practice. No matter how large of an operation you’re running, there are many important tips on raising poultry that every beginner must be aware of.
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  • Tips for Creating a Living Space for your Baby Chicks

    March 1, 2019
    Newly hatched chicks, ducklings, goslings and turkey poults require that their very basic needs for shelter, warmth, food and water be met in order to survive. Good care and management with a bit of TLC will go a long way in providing a healthy start for your young flock.
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  • Winterizing Your Flock

    February 16, 2019
    Chickens need 14 to 16 hours of “daylight. ” One of the best ways to keep up egg production is to continue providing supplemental lighting to extend the “daylight” hours until the sun can take over full time. A single 60 to 100 watt bulb set on a timer will suffice.
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  • The Importance of Extra Hay During Winter Months

    January 16, 2019
    It is true that during the winter months riding your horse can become a scarce occasion. This means that your horse’s diet must also change. Since the horse is not as active during these cold months, it requires fewer calories.
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  • General Fly Control for Property, Yards and Farm

    August 1, 2018
    Flies can be more than just a nuisance, they can actually be dangerous to you, your animals, your garden and your crops. There are dozens of types of flies that can mean trouble, but fortunately, it is no trouble to take simple steps to control all sorts of fly populations around your property.
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  • Tips to Keep Chicks Entertained

    April 1, 2018
    Chicks and chickens need stimulation and entertainment to stay healthy, and a healthy, happy chicken is one that will behave better, lay more eggs, and be a more pleasant barnyard or backyard companion.
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  • Keep Poultry Diseases “Cooped Up”

    March 16, 2018
    You're the best protection your birds have. By taking the necessary steps, you can reduce the risk of disease-causing germs going to or coming from your home or farm.
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  • Adding New Chicks to Your Flock

    March 1, 2018
    Whether you need to replace aging hens, want to increase the diversity of your poultry or just need a few more chickens to meet your needs or increase your profits, you must take great care when adding new chicks to your flock.
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  • Raising Baby Chicks Can Be Easy, Even For The Inexperienced

    February 21, 2018
    Many people are opting to raise their own chicks these days. It’s a rewarding experience that can leave you with the freshest eggs on the block. If you’re new to the baby chicks game, then this article is for you. Raising chicks doesn’t have to be hard.
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  • Winter Poultry Care Tips

    January 4, 2018
    Whether you have chickens, ducks, geese or turkeys, poultry is well-equipped for winter weather and colder temperatures, but with a few easy steps you can help ensure their good health and happiness all winter long.
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  • How to Prepare Your Chickens For Winter

    November 1, 2017
    Chickens are a surprisingly resilient bird where winter is concerned. This is especially true if your poultry belongs to one of the winter-hardy breeds such as Blue Andalusian, Dominique, Brahma, or Plymouth Rocks.
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  • Giving Your Chickens a Dust Bath

    September 1, 2017
    A dust bath is more than a fun game or occasional entertainment for your chickens – it is an essential part of grooming to keep the birds' skin and feathers in peak condition and free of mites, fleas, lice and other parasites.
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  • Common Chick Diseases to Look Out For

    August 1, 2017
    A healthy chick will grow strong and be a productive member of your flock, but a sick chick can quickly infect other chicks or introduce diseases to the rest of your poultry.
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  • Preparing for Chicks: Setting Up Your Brooder

    March 1, 2017
    Spring is chick season. Whether you are just starting a flock, increasing the numbers of chickens you keep or bringing new breeds home to try. Your brooder is critical to give for your chicks security, warmth and shelter they need for their earliest days.
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  • How to Control Mites and Lice on Chickens

    March 1, 2016
    Mites and lice can be troublesome parasites in any chicken flock, causing a range of problems and decreasing the flock's productivity.
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  • Dropping Boards – De-Poop Your Coop!

    May 1, 2015
    Even the healthiest chickens can make a massive mess inside their coop as feces, dirt and feathers accumulate in such a small space.
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  • Benefits of Having a Rooster In Your Flock

    May 1, 2015
    Roosters can add many advantages to your home and to your flock. Some may see it as a bad idea, but there are many key benefits to having a rooster in your flock. Among these benefits include fertilization, behavior, defense and beauty.
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  • Chicken Coop Makeover

    April 1, 2015
    Chicken coops used to be a simple homemade structures built out of chicken wire and some wood with a sturdy roof. Today, chicken coops have become so elaborate that the size and complexity of them can rival that of a modern human home.
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  • Starting Your Flock

    March 1, 2015
    It can be exciting to start a new flock of chickens, and the benefits – entertaining pets, unique company, fresh eggs and healthy meat – are equally exciting, but it is important to start the flock carefully so your poultry will be happy in their new home.
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  • Helping Baby Chicks Thrive

    March 1, 2015
    Many people associate spring with fuzzy baby chicks, but modern hatchery practices make chicks available year-round. Once you know which breed is right for you, select a reputable hatchery or dealer from which to purchase your chicks.
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  • Protecting Your Livestock from the Harsh Winter

    January 1, 2015
    Winter is a dangerous season for livestock and can be devastating to farmers, whether you have just a few hobby animals or a large commercial operation. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep livestock safe and healthy even through the worst winter conditions.
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  • Keeping your Hens Healthy and Laying This Fall

    September 1, 2013
    Autumn is upon us and it's time to say hello to fresh air and goodbye to stifling hot temperatures. Of course, if you’re raising chickens for eggs, you will need to take a few steps to ensure your hens stay in production during the fall and winter months.
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  • Hot Weather Tips for Raising Poultry

    June 3, 2013
    They say raising poultry is all about feed, water, heat and light. But in the summer, beating the heat is a top priority. Severe heat stress can affect egg quality, size and hatchability. It can also increase the rate of mortality.
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