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Hobby Farms 11h
Keep a cow as a pet? For some people, the answer is "Yes!" See what one does with a pet cow (and how that pet can generate help on the farm as well as income).
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Hobby Farms 11h
Pigs create a great deal of waste. This is evidenced by the manure lagoons recently flooded in North Carolina by Hurricane Florence. But even if you don't have that scale of an operation, it's still...
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Hobby Farms 13h
If you have fruit trees, chances are you have a deer problem. One of our columnists just planted a new orchard, and he shares an easy an inexpensive way to keep the deer separated from the fruit. ...
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Hobby Farms 17h
If you've not been through the molting process with your flock, it can be a sight to behold. And if you have, it can't hurt to try and understand it better. Here are the basics about chickens and molting. ...
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Hobby Farms 18h
Many people agree that eggs differ in quality. Factors such as nutrition and a clean coop contribute to that. Here are five tips on getting the best eggs possible from your flock.
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Hobby Farms 18h
People use holistic remedies to help promote health and ease symptoms of certain ailments, and the same is true of chickens. Here are flower essences to help chicken health from our Holistic Henhouse columnist. ...
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Hobby Farms 18h
Have you heard any of these statements from people speaking about older hens? "Older hens are nothing but flock freeloaders." "Hens don't do much laying past two years of age." "Chickens don't live that long anyway." Our weekly chicken columnist...
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Hobby Farms 19h
Do you know a scythe from a sickle? A broadfork from a mattock? These are all human-powered tools small farmers can use instead of machinery, to lessen use of fossil fuels and farm in a more sustainable way. ...
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Dust baths are an essential part of being a chicken. If you'd like to help your flock along, in that regard, and you have a DIY nature, here are instructions on building a dust bath for your birds. ...
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Molting season is coming for lots of chickens, but when chickens lose feathers, molting isn't always the cause. Learn to tell the difference, and whether there's cause for concern.
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Did you know that some researchers believe moths are the most important pollinators, second only to bees, in the United Kingdom? Some moth species are absolutely beautiful, including the crambid snout moth and the elephant...
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Replying to @holistica
Whoa! That sounds like a hit for the hens.
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Replying to @SawyerJerry
Like a pro!
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Replying to @Hatchay
Yow! I've not heard of that effect before. I hope you're recovering.
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Leafminers are tiny flies that can be hard to see and identify, except by the damage they cause, in this case to Swiss chard. Learn what to look for and how to control these pests without using chemical pesticides. It's our weekly Dirt on Gardening...
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
It's not the most graceful of names: The Dorking. But this chicken breed is not only beautiful and well behaved but also is known to be a great layer as well as meat bird. Learn more about the Dorking. ...
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
As fall approaches, you might be considering how your flock's diet will change. Here are two warm meals to consider that chickens will love in cooler weather.
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Poultry lice are an unfortunate fact of life when you live with chickens. Here's how to spot an infestation, how the lice operate and what you can do.
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
It's not the most graceful of names: The Dorking. But this chicken breed is not only beautiful and well behaved but is known to be a great layer as well as meat bird. Learn more about the Dorking.
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Hobby Farms Sep 17
Yellow jackets, unlike honeybees, are aggressive insects that can sting multiple times. Learn how to avoid their wrath by understanding seasonal changes in their behavior.
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