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Hatching eggs the easy way with the best chicken incubator | Manna Pro

Whether it’s your first time or seventy first, hatching chicks never gets old. The excitement of seeing those first pips after twenty-one days of anxious anticipation is universal. Young or old, novice or seasoned veteran – no one can resist the cuteness of a cheeping baby chick! 

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Cleaning chicken coops is key to keeping flocks healthy | Manna Pro

Whether you’re just starting out with 4 chickens or a seasoned poultry raiser with 400, keeping them healthy should always be top priority. Respiratory diseases can be a significant problem in any setting, and I want to share some husbandry tips to help foster a healthy environment, and thus healthy birds. It’s first and foremost important to select chicks or started birds from trusted hatcheries or local outfits to ensure they have a great start to their life. We can then take it back to the basics. Proper sanitation and litter management, clean food and watering areas, and adequate space for the amount of birds you have are key husbandry guidelines to always practice.

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Goat minerals improve the health of the herd | Manna Pro

At Rustic Ares Farm, I am grateful to Manna Pro for developing a goat mineral supplement that meets the needs of all the goats on our farm.  As goat breeders for almost 30 years, my husband and I have worked diligently to find a balanced diet in our goat management program.  On average we maintain a herd of about 50 goats ranging in age from kids thru aged adults, both bucks and does, and an occasional wether or two.  For many years we struggled by trial and error, working with local animal nutritionists to find the perfect balance. Within the past 10 years we have finally discovered the balance we have been searching for in combining a well-balanced feed complimented by a variety of supplements produced by Manna Pro.  One of the most used products on our farm and my favorite is the Goat Mineral. 

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Types of chickens – Silkie breed | Manna Pro

I came across and fell in love with Silkie chickens after breeding and showing chickens for a few years.  I found them so irresistible that I hastily acquired some eggs from a breeder in Tennessee, among other places, as soon as they caught my eye. I have been hatching, breeding, and showing Silkie chickens ever since. Due to the Silkie chickens’ adorable appearance and sweet disposition, they are a very popular breed with famous people and backyard enthusiasts, alike.

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Types of chickens – Ameraucana breed | Manna Pro

I have now been raising, breeding and showing the Ameraucana breed of chicken for five years. I have come to love this purebred breed for its very docile temperament, unique physical traits, and fun personality. Finding the right breed for me, however, was a journey that consisted of first raising other breeds and doing my research.

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Preventing Frostbite and Protecting Chickens in Winter | Manna Pro

Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and the underlying tissues. In chickens it occurs when fluid freezes in the cells of the wattles, comb and sometimes the feet. Since the surface area is so small, it does not take an extensive amount of time for frostbite to occur. Recognizing and treating frostbite at the first signs is crucial for a speedy and full recovery.

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Chicken coop ideas and expert advice on raising chickens | Manna Pro

So you want to have a flock of chickens in your back yard.  They will need a place to live.  That opens up an entire world of options.  Do you build a custom coop or do you buy a premade?  What size do you need? What about nesting boxes, ventilation, insulation, location?  Yes, there are a lot of possibilities.

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