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  • Chicken flocks are endanger of getting avian flu
    Egg prices soar as avian flu spreads throughout the Midwest
    A nationwide price hike on eggs is causing the U.S. to import eggs for the first time in over ten years from Europe. Companies that use many egg products such as bakeries have spiked over 200% in costs over the last month and everyone is taking...
  • Hens for Friends by Sandy De Lisle
    'Hens for Friends' by Sandy De Lisle: Beautiful picture book about chickens
    Chickens for friends? In "Hens for Friends" by Sandy De Lisle and illustrated by Amelia Hansen, children will learn that chickens can be friendly and affectionate.The main character in this picture book is young Aarón. He's young,...
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    Warning- Avian Flu outbreak- protect your flock.
    As the season for bird swaps and livestock sales gets underway this spring backyard flock owners and small poultry farms need to be especially vigilant to prevent Avian Flu. There have been numerous outbreaks of 2 new strains of Avian flu in the...
  • Chicken nest box
    6 Common household items to use for chicken nest boxes
    If you’re new to raising chickens , one of the things you’ll need to consider is what to use for nest boxes. Store-bought chicken coops often come with built in nest boxes, but they can be expensive. If you’re not handy enough to...
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    Winter chicken care: Drafts and ventilation in the chicken coop
    Whether you’re an old hand at chicken-keeping or if this is your first winter with chickens, it’s important to make sure that your coop is in a condition to protect your flock in the cold weather. Chickens are generally a hardy bird,...
  • Vital Farms pasture raised eggs
    LA Chefs' Suppliers - Vital Farms pasture raised eggs
    This past summer Vital Farms, the only national supplier of pasture-raised eggs in the country, conducted an online survey. One of the questions Vital Farms posed was an open ended one where people were asked to describe, in their own terms, what...
  • Red Junglefowl
    Grandfather Chicken rules the roost in one small Georgia town
    While we're all thinking about Thanksgiving turkey, I urge you to consider a more humble fowl: the chicken. Like the first Thanksgiving, when white settlers survived the Massachusetts climate after their misguided efforts to reach Virginia...
  • Baby chick
    Man mails fifteen live chicks to his ex-girlfriend
    In what may be one the fowlest stories this week, a Washington, D.C. woman received a box of baby chicks from her ex-boyfriend. The man boxed up the future McNuggets and sent them with a note that said that there are “a lot of other chicks...
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    The five greenest pets for your kids
    You may be reluctant to invest in a pet for your child because of the work, cost, and environmental impact associated with caring for an animal. While it's true that dogs, horses, and other large pets can cost a lot of money and wreak havoc on...
  • Baby chickens are called "chicks."
    Facts about chickens
    Farming is an integral part of society across many cultures. Animals like chickens, cows, goats, pigs and sheep have been used by humans for so long that they are now regarded as being “domestic animals,” especially those that can be...
  • Fall Flock To-Do Boogaloo
    Fall Flock To-Do Boogaloo
    Late summer brings an opportunity to prepare for maintenance needed during cold months while it's starting to cool off. When the feathers start flying off of your birds, that molt indicates the countdown has begun!!Always welcome the molt as...
  • Corn on the cob for chickens
    Preserving corn to use as treats for your chickens in winter
    One thing people trying to live a self-sustained lifestyle try to do is recycle and reuse whenever possible. This time of year, the harvest is plentiful and fresh produce is plentiful. Whether you grow it yourself, get it from a neighbor or buy it...
  • Chickens AK-47
    Chickens AK-47: Chickens, Kalashnikovs, fireworks and pot found in crazy crash
    Chickens, AK-47 assault rifles, marijuana and fireworks. Sounds like a shopping list for a cracked-out con. That’s not far off from the truth, considering the 21-year-old Pennsylvania man who was arrested after crashing his SUV was charged...
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    Early chicken molt: Does it portend a harsh winter?
    People often rely on lore and myth to predict what the weather will do in upcoming seasons. Things like the thickening of fur on animals or an abundance of acorns in the late summer or early fall have been cited as omens of a particularly harsh...
  • Beekeeper inspects bees
    Considerations for raising bees and chickens together
    Many homesteaders like to be as self-sustaining as they can be. This often leads then to dabble with raising various types of livestock. Chickens are a natural for many and now there is a growing interest in keeping bees, too. Mother Earth News...
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