The Hearty Homestead

 

Feather Loss in Backyard Chickens

One of the biggest questions that I am asked is, why are my chickens missing feathers? There are a number of reasons for feather loss that can include dietary deficiencies, molting, feather picking, pests and parasites. It will take a bit of detective work on your part to determine why your flock is missing feathers. However, once you determine the reasons why, you can encourage those feathers to return.

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Breaking Down the Goat Diet

Feeding a herd of goats can be tricky. Goats have a complex digestive system that requires different types and amounts of food to run smoothly. When you enter the goat world, it seems that everyone has an opinion on what is the “best” way to feed. As a result, it can be confusing to know what is right for your animals.

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Keeping Rabbits: Controlling Harmful Ammonia in Your Rabbit's Environment


While reading one of my favorite gardening websites a few days ago, I came across an extremely helpful article; one all about keeping pests at bay, naturally. As my hostas are currently chewed to the ground by deer, and my potato plants are currently being dug up by skunks, I clicked into the article with a hopeful attitude.

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First Aid Kit for Chickens


Whether you are new to chicken keeping or have been keeping chickens for years, it is a good idea to be educated and prepared not only in regards to caring for your flock but also when health issues arise. It's important to realize that health issues are rare, but sometimes things happen. It's for this reason that I recommend to all chicken keepers old and new alike to be prepared by making a chicken first aid kit for their home.

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Oyster Shell vs. Grit

If you’re new to chicken keeping, you might be confused about two products you have read about or seen on your feed store shelves: oyster shell and grit. While many use these two products interchangeably, each actually serves a very important, and very different, purpose for your chickens’ well-being.

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Raising Pigs for Meat

The pig may be the most judged and misunderstood animal on the farm.  They are loved for their bacon and hated for their mess.  Their hams are served for Easter Lunch but no one wants to have a pig on the farm.

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Flock Nutrition - Backyard Poultry Success

Welcome to the world of backyard poultry! What an exciting time for you and your family. One of the best things that you can do when it comes to raising chickens is to be sure that they are getting excellent nutrition. Starting out with good nutrition is key in how your chicks develop into grown chickens, future egg productivity, and their overall general health and longevity.

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Goat Kids: Dam vs. Bottle-Fed

Although meat and fiber goats are raised by their mothers under normal circumstances, dairy goats are often bottle-fed. Disease control, higher profits, and friendlier goats are the three reasons given for bottle-feeding dairy goats. However, bottle-feeding may not be the right choice for everyone.

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Hoof Care for Goats

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How To Raise Baby Chicks - 3 Easy Steps

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I don't know about your neck of the woods, but around here it's baby chick time.  They are at all the Farm Stores.  They are at the Feed Mill.  They are at the Horse Supply.  Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick-chick.

Baby Chicks, baby ducks, baby guineas, baby poultry are everywhere!

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