The Hearty Homestead

 

Help Your Calves Beat the Heat

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Heat stress is a common summertime challenge for young calves. The increased heat and humidity experienced in most parts of the country decrease weight gain and increase the age at first calving of dairy replacement calves.

 

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5 Reasons to Consider a Mobile Home for Your Hens

Chicks dig their houses! Just like your house, your hen’s house provides two critical elements: safety and comfort. Beyond those key factors, the rest of the coop plan is negotiable based on details that best fit your lifestyle, taste and preferences. 

Mobile chicken coops, sometimes called chicken tractors, are lightweight and highly mobile homes for your chickens, offering ease for you and some benefits to your hens and gardens.

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Fourth of July - Perfect Picnicking with Eggs!

Featured Photo Courtesy of Tristan Peirce

Canadians celebrate their special day on the first of July. In the States, it’s the fourth. Either day or way you celebrate, we bet there’s going to be some outdoor feasting involved. Of course the grill is king all summer long and especially from the first through the fourth, but along with all those hot dogs and burgers, we’ll all be dishing up some sumptuous sides – many of which will contain eggs and mayonnaise.

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The Importance of Good Fencing for Your Goats

Goats are climbing animals by nature. In the wild, they spend their days balanced on impossible ledges and vertical mountain cliffs. It takes incredible strength and well trained footing to live in a goat’s natural habitat. Because of this natural ability, a weak farmyard fence is child’s play to a goat.

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Two Delicious Egg Recipes for Mother's Day

Every Mother Hen has Her Day! Try these Two Delicious Egg Recipes for Mother’s Day.

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How To Pick The Right Chick - A Quick Guide To Choosing a Breed

One of the most difficult and exciting things about keeping chickens is selecting which breeds are right for you and your family. I say difficult, because there are just so many breeds and options! In fact, the truth is that you really can’t make mistakes. I can really only think of one exception. You need to choose breeds that are compatible with the climate where you live. From their looks, the eggs, personality, and their ability to handle confinement, I think that you will be delighted to discover hundreds of chicken breeds are available to you.

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Six Tips to Get Your Calves Off to a Great Start!

Just like a newborn baby, calves need consistency, good nutrition and great care. Preparing ahead of time will help ensure you can provide your calves with the growing start they need for a healthy, productive life.

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The Anatomy of an Egg

Now that you are a chicken keeper and realize how different fresh eggs look and taste, have you ever wondered what all those parts are when you crack open an egg into a dish? You are not alone and today, I thought that it would be nice to share and explain exactly what you are seeing. Let’s start with the shell.

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Dealing with Calf Scours

Calf Scours: Step 1

Most calf scours, or diarrhea, occur within the first 3 weeks of life, with about ¼ of all pre-weaned calves being treated. Keeping the calf hydrated with an electrolyte solution is the first and most important task. So it helps to have good idea of how much a scouring calf needs. It’s safe to assume that a calf with diarrhea and no other visible signs of dehydration is about 5% dehydrated. For a 100 pound calf, 5% dehydration means it has lost 5 pounds of water:

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A History of Antibiotics

January 1, 2017 marked the official start date of the FDA issued Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Consumers wanting to purchase animal feed, formulated with select antibiotics, are now required to present a VFD, written by a licensed veterinarian, at the time of purchase. So, why exactly does the FDA care about the type of livestock feed consumers purchase? 

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