Mother Hen

A good mother hen is worth her weight in grain; double, triple... decuple (that's 10x) her weight in grain. Her skill-set is invaluable to your homestead. In poultry, hens can be great mothers or just okay mothers or not want anything to do with these highly active, presumably annoying hatchlings. We have a chicken hen …

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Buttercup the Chicken

Our homestead experienced the ending of an age; the age of Buttercup the chicken. I love my birds and all the other animals that grace our farm. But Buttercup…. She was a special gal. I teared up at her passing… I found her yesterday hiding under a nest box. I pulled her out and immediately …

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Hatching Your Own Chicks

[ reposted from my Cappers Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx ] Hatching out your own chicks using an incubator can initially seem to be a daunting task.  My preference is to allow hens to hatch their own chicks, but you may want to use an incubator until you have a few great broody hens willing to do …

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What Eggs-actly Do You Know About Eggs?

[Repost from my Capper Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx%5D What really do you know about eggs other than they make a delicious breakfast? Well, Falco's Heritage Farm and Capper's Farmer are here to answer all your egg-related questions! Production of an egg typically takes about 11 ½ days. Typically, enough hormone is released to develop only one …

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7 Steps to Stop the Bird Flu in Its Tracks!

[reposted from my Capper Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx ] The bird flu is an infection which jumps.  The avian flu virus can pass from wild birds such as ducks to say chickens laying eggs on a farm to people like you.  As this virus makes its jump, it strengthens, becomes nastier, even deadly.  It is very …

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DIY Rabbit Tractor

Reader Valinda Mullin shares a clever DIY hack that allows her to raise healthy, happy meat rabbits in a mobile pen. By Valinda Mullin I thought it’d be great to have a tractor for raising meat rabbits, just like people do with their chickens. I started by gathering up recycled supplies that I’d been saving …

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Birdie Hygiene

[repost from my Cappers Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx ] We all enjoy a good bath, right?  Well your birds are no different.  They enjoy preening, bathing and cleaning themselves as well.  It is an important natural behavior which keeps your birds healthy and happy. Waterfowl (Ducks Bathing) Ducks, geese and other waterfowl bath similar to the …

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Kickin’ Tail and Takin’ Names!

[repost from my Capper Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx%5D Heritage breed birds have an immense amount of genetically passed down skills that are a resource for poultry-raisers to utilize.  From parenting skills to foraging abilities to predator evasion, a heritage breed bird outshines their industrial breed counterpart. There was quite a hull-a-baa-loo occurring outside.  Rushing outdoors, 22 …

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The Best Immune-Building Soup Recipe … Ever?

Written by: Tammy Robinson Let’s face it: Sometimes it’s just too difficult to remember to eat all the right things. When cold or flu season hits, however, I like to make up a double batch of this immune-building soup. I make a  batch large enough for two or three suppers (or lunches), and then freeze …

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