The Hearty Homestead

 

Raising Chickens with P. Allen Smith

Looking for expert advice from someone who know's poultry?

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Housekeeping for Chicken Keepers

There are many ways to care for your flock, but one of the best things you can do to keep them healthy, thriving and laying eggs is to provide them with a neat and tidy home.

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Raising Young Animals - A "How To" Video Series

Whether you raise foals, piglets, goat kids or more, making the decision to raise young animals can be daunting, especially if you've only ever known the family dog or cat.

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Birthing Goat Kids

Every time one of our goats gives birth for the first time it serves as a transition for how we see our goat. Our little girls become big girls and I tend to get emotional about the whole thing. It changes and deepens the relationship, seeing her care for her babies, showing an instinctual side that we’ve never witnessed. It’s very beautiful.

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15 Mother’s Day Gifts for Chicken-Lovers

These days, there are a ton of unique and creative gifts for chicken-lovers. Whether it’s a kitchen gadget with a chicken pattern, or the perfect boots for walking through the chicken yard – there are plenty of options out there for the chicken lady mama in your life. Here is a roundup of some of our personal favorites!

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Understanding Proteins in Milk Replacers

Today, there are many choices of proteins used in milk replacers for your baby animals. Many of the price differences, for these milk replacers, are a reflection of the ingredients in the product you are buying. At some point, you may find yourself looking at three different bags, all appearing to be the same product and all weighing the same. However, you notice they have different prices. In most cases, the price difference is a reflection of the type of proteins used in the manufacturing of the product inside the bag. What’s even more confusing is that all of three products, in the bags, are most likely similar in color. They range from a white to cream.

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The Importance of Electrolytes in Foals

Horses and foals depend upon a balance of electrolytes in their body for support of bodily functions. Although most horse/foal lovers know that electrolytes are important, they might not understand why they are vital. Here is a short guide that will help you to better understand the importance of electrolytes in foals.

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Putting Together a Goat Birthing Kit

For the most part, birth is a natural process for a goat. Most of the time she will take care of everything herself and us humans will only need to do a few things to give nature a boost and some extra reassurance. But, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, so it’s always good to have some back up items in place.

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Decorating Backyard Eggs for Easter

If you have a variety of backyard chicken breeds like I do, I’m sure you often hear that their eggs are so beautiful they don’t even need to be decorated for Easter. I hear it every time a neighbor, friend, or family member takes a gander at my blue, green, cream, and chocolate colored eggs. To be totally honest, it’s true. The eggs are gorgeous enough to display for Easter without any additional adornments or dyes.

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Preparing the Kidding Stall - Part 2

Cleaning the Area

Clean the stall removing all soiled bedding. The floor of our stalls are cement so we mop with a diluted bleach solution and soapy water. We use a pine pelleted bedding to absorb any moisture, and then apply a fresh, thick layer of clean straw.

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