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How To Reduce Feed Costs By Growing Fodder For Your Chickens

How To Reduce Feed Costs By Growing Fodder For Your Chickens

I don't know about your chickens, but our chickens eat A TON. It gets expensive. We would like to free range them, but we have far too many predators and much too big a space to do that without losing all our chickens. We actually experimented with free ranging our guineas and well...we have about half our flock left. (Actually a group of guinea fowl are called a "confusion" or so I read.) So today I wanted to share our experience growing fodder for our chickens plus a few tips. We started growing fodder last year and the plan was...

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How to compost chicken litter and pine shavings.

How to compost chicken litter and pine shavings.

We recently cleaned out the chicken coop again so I thought it would be a good time to talk about composting poultry litter. The University of Idaho Extension has a ton of great info on this topic. Composting Poultry Litter in Summary: Reasons to compost: Increased self-reliance. Little effort. Improves the health of your soil = better crops and higher yield = more income. Way to reuse waste = less expense to grow your garden. Composting reduces flies, odor, and bacteria in poultry litter lying around. Safety precautions: Potential exposure to E. coli and Salmonella when working with poultry. Always wash hands and clothing thoroughly...

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Basic Horse Care

Basic Horse Care

Since we just welcomed Mia to our family, I thought we would do an article on basic horse care. We've been researching and learning a lot! There is a ton of helpful information that I found at the University of Minnesota. Check out all the info they have by clicking that link. Feeding Your Horse: At least 1% of your horse's diet should be made up of roughage (hay or pasture). For example, if your horse weighs 1000 pounds it should be eating at least 10 pounds of roughage per day. In contrast, your horse should consume NO MORE than 1% of its body...

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Bucks: Urine Scald and Urinary Calculi

Bucks: Urine Scald and Urinary Calculi

Urine Scald I don't know if you guys remember Ulrich (our goat named Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein from the movie "A Knight's Tale"), but recently he has been eyeing the ladies and participating in what is known as rut. It is a series of behaviors that bucks/billies do as a result of an increase in hormones to woo the nannies. Behaviors include urinating on their faces and front legs, making a bunch of funny noises, sticking their tongues out, pawing, stomping, etc. It's quite hilarious to watch, but this year we encountered something new during the process. One night we noticed during...

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Mystery Goat Illness: Follow up on Totes

Mystery Goat Illness: Follow up on Totes

I wanted to give a quick update on our doeling goat Totes. The previous farm news article talks all about her symptoms and lists a ton of information about several potential causes for them. See that article here. We ended up treating her for several possible diagnoses due to the severity of her symptoms, the significant overlap of those symptoms, and how quickly it came on. We feared she wouldn't make it through the night when we first discovered she was ill. We treated her with an antibiotic to treat for possible listeriosis, vitamin B1/thiamine injections to treat her for...

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