The Hearty Homestead


Chicken Tricks and Training with Treats!

First, A Bit of History

Gallus g. domesticus. Those are our backyard chickens. Ever wonder just what was going on in those feathery little heads? Bird brains, indeed.

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All About Molting

Each and every year, chickens undergo a process called molting. Molting by definition is when a bird loses its feathers and regrows new feathers in their place. The molting process allows birds to produce new, perfect feathers. It also allows feathers that are damaged or missing to be replaced. Molting usually occurs in the Fall when cooler weather begins to arrive. In the United States, the process can begin anywhere from September to October.

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Preparing & Caring for Goats in Winter

Preparing Your Herd for Winter

Winter can be one of the hardest seasons to keep animals. If you can make it through your first winter on a farm and still be joyful about animal husbandry, then you know you’re a farmer at heart! Read More

Five Tips to Prepare Your Backyard Poultry for Winter

Cold weather doesn’t have to be rough on backyard poultry. In fact, most chickens do very well despite falling temperatures. If you want to make sure your flock is optimally prepared for the cold, here are five tips to get you started. You might even be able to enjoy fresh eggs long into January and February!

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Treating Your Chickens Right

Chickens, like any pets, love to indulge in treats. Typically, their diet should predominantly be comprised of chicken feed with access to oyster shells, grit, and clean drinking water. However, like us, now and then it's nice to treat them to something different.

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Dealing with Goat Scours

Dealing with Scours

The old joke that goats will eat anything, even a tin can is not only incorrect but misleading. It leads us to believe that goats have stomachs of steel and can digest anything put in front of them.

The truth is that a goat will “taste” many things; zipper

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Considering Age Differences When Feeding Your Flock

If you’re a chicken owner who plans to raise chicks, young pullets, and laying hen’s side-by-side, you’ll need to know how to do so while ensuring all of your chickens receive the proper nutrition for their age. Feeding chickens of different ages, while confusing at first, is fairly simple when you follow a few important guidelines.

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Milking A Goat: What You Should Know

If you’ve never milked an animal, put it on your bucket list!

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Egg Laying and Optimizing Production in Backyard Chickens

One of the many reasons chicken keepers like you and I begin to keep chickens in our backyards is for the eggs. Fresh eggs cannot be beat. Not only do they taste better, but they are much more nutritious and fresher than their grocery store counterparts.

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Too Hollywood to Homestead?...Think Again!

Glitz, glamour, fame, money, hills, mansions, movies....these are just a few of the many thoughts that come to mind upon mention of Hollywood and the aura that goes with it.  

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