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Common Mini Pig Dry Skin Issues

Petunia Knows that Healthy Skin = Happy Pig

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Coeur â la Crème Valentine's Day Recipe!  

Valentine’s Day Dishes with Heart

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Raising Dairy Goats - A Guide to Breeds

Dairy goats can be the perfect solution to the small homesteader who wants a steady producing dairy animal, but perhaps doesn’t have the space, or housing available to raise a cow.

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Light Recipes for the Holidays

Eating Light on Christmas Morning

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Devoutly religious or certainly secular, the one thing we all have in common over the holidays is the feasting. For me growing up, Christmas Eve was an elegant roast dinner – beef or lamb – then Christmas Day it was all about the bird. After that, it was left-over mania – with zero waste and zero complaints! Roast beef or turkey sandwiches, casseroles; a comforting, completely un-healthy lunch of

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A Guide To Buying a New Goat


A Guide to Buying a New Goat

 Buying goats can be such a fun experience!

Goats are not terribly expensive animals, even award winning lines are fairly reasonable considering what some pure bred dog breeds cost. But still, you want to make sure you are getting a valuable animal for your money.

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Patriot Day Angel Food Cake Recipe

Photo Credit:  Tristan Peirce 

Honor. Bake. Celebrate!

Some call it “the day that changed the world”. For me, until that September 11th, it had always just been a happy day and my birthday. On September 11, 2001 – a Tuesday, as I recall – I had just emerged from the subway, so I’d been out of touch for a bit, but when I came out onto one of Toronto’s busiest streets – Yonge Street – I saw people clustered around electronics stores, staring at banks of TVs in the windows, each one playing what? A movie? The latest Hollywood blockbuster? Some blow-em-up thriller with Bruce Willis? But the mood was too solemn, and there were tears, too. And people looking dazed, wracked with disbelief. In shock.

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Raising Chickens In The Fall

Each year, the trend of backyard chickens continues to climb and it is no surprise that hatcheries are starting to meet the demands of those keeping chickens. Ordering little ones is no longer only a springtime tradition. Hatcheries are now meeting the desires of chick fever with ordering available through the summer and even into the fall and winter. There are some benefits to ordering them later in the season. Baby chicks grow quickly, so those living in milder fall and winter climates in the southern portion of the United States can easily be raising chickens even over the winter.

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Help Your Calves Beat the Heat


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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