The Multi-Species Flock of Birds

Birds of a feather, flock together? While it is an old, funny saying, this really isn’t the case. Multi-species flocking occurs in nature; frequently. Not just coexisting in the same space, but true camaraderie, a true relationship. For instance, woodpeckers use chickadees and titmice as sentinels, standing guard, keeping watch, protecting against marauding predators. The …

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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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Your Baby Ducklings Have Arrived! Now what…

[Repost from my blog on Capper Farmer: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/farm-and-home/poultry/your-baby-ducklings-and-goslings-have-arrived-now-what.aspx ] Ducklings & Gosling from Hatchery Baby ducks and geese are a joy to raise; at least for the first three days. Raising ducklings from the hatchery is a messy business indeed from day four through day twenty-eight. In my experience, ducklings and goslings are more fragile …

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Why You Should Raise Chickens for Eggs?

Nutritionally Superior to Grocery Store Eggs 1/3 less cholesterol •   1/4 less saturated fat •   2/3 more vitamin A •   2 times more omega-3 fatty acids •   3 times more vitamin E •   7 times more beta carotene Benefits Eggs from well-tended backyard chickens are healthier Eggs from backyard chickens are tastier Chicken droppings enrich …

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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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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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When Bumblefoot Strikes!

[ Repost from my Cappers Farmer blog: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/blogs/falcos-poultry.aspx ] What is it? Bumblefoot is a staph bacterial infection which has penetrated, typically by a puncture wound or other significant injury, on your bird's foot.  It causes the foot to swell, typically creates a nasty-looking scab and can lead to paralysis or even death. The Cause? …

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12 Herbs That Your Poultry Love, That Love Them Right Back!!!

[reposted from my blog at Capper Farmer: http://www.cappersfarmer.com/poultry/12-herbs-that-your-poultry-love-that-love-them-right-back.aspx ] Borage Borage is an herb which contains phyto-nutrients such as flavonoids, resveratrol, carotenoids and glucosinolates, minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and is high in vitamin C and A. It also contains a special Omega-6 fatty acid called GLA which plays a vital …

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