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Chicken-farmer Barbie? Beekeeper Barbie? Barbie on a tractor? Yes -- the doll once known for fancy ball gowns and trips to the beach now has agricultural iterations. Our chicken-keeping columnist says this bodes well for young girls considering all...
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Winter can lead to dry skin, especially on your face and hands. Here are facts about 5 herbs that can soothe dry skin as well as oils you can use to make infusions with the herbs.
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Sometimes chickens die unexpectedly, and for reasons we don't immediately know. This can certainly be a shock, but there are right and wrong ways to deal with the situation. Here are guidelines on how to best determine the reason for the death as well...
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Your chickens have voracious appetites, and that can sometimes get the best of them. Here are 14 common plants your chickens should avoid.
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Some U.S. veterans are using skills they learned in the military toward agricultural endeavors. See how some veterans are helping to restore heritage chicken breeds whose numbers are dwindling.
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Hobby Farms 3h
Do you use lard? Have you ever? Why or why not?
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Hobby Farms 3h
Regardless of what size operation you run, it's easy to overlook certain things when ordering seeds that can have consequences well into the growing season. Here's what to consider before ordering. ...
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Hobby Farms 4h
Perennial herbs are excellent additions to the landscape. They offer repeated harvests over many years, and they're lovely plants. Here are 7 great perennial herbs for the farm.
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Although they're often associated with Middle East regions, camels originated in North America, and they're as cold-hardy as they are heat-resistant. They're also low-maintenance and can produce milk, meat, hide and wool. Might there be a future for the...
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Should you sell your products at the farmers market closest to you? How about one in a nearby town where a lot of young people go? How about the one that just opened? The answer varies, because not all markets -- and not all farms -- are the same. Here...
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Have you tried winter sowing? It's relatively easy to start seeds of many common perennials, herbs and annuals without grow lights and other seed-starting equipment. Here's how
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Some people have long believed no-till gardening was something done on large operations with seed drills, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. With his new book, Andrew Mefferd shows how to scale the no-till concept to small and midsize market farms...
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Hobby Farms 9h
If you have a farm, predators will come. They don’t know they’re predators. They’re just living their lives. But with the proper precautions, you can minimize damage to poultry, stock and pets without disrupting the balance of nature. ...
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Interested in proper vaccinations for your backyard chickens? Unfortunately, the data can be hard to obtain, and many vaccines are designed and packaged for large, commercial operations. Here are basic facts from a veterinarian and scientist at the...
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Chickens eagerly eat a LOT of things -- worms, bugs, plant life, sometimes mice. One reader asks in this edition of Flock Talk, "What's normal?" What's normal for your chickens? What outlandish things have they eaten? ...
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Hobby Farms 9h
Ever wonder what goes on with bees inside a winter hive? Bees are quite active during cold weather, but things are different. Workers live longer, for one, and there are no drones.
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If you're considering expanding your flock in the spring, integrating new members needn't be difficult, but it must be done carefully. Here's how to introduce and integrate your new kids on the block.
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Hobby Farms Feb 16
Ever wonder what goes on with bees inside a winter hive? Bees are quite active during cold weather, but things are different. Workers live longer, for one, and there are no drones.
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Hobby Farms Feb 16
Certain types of mites, lice and fleas can decrease egg production among your chickens and affect bird health. Learn to fight these "big three" parasites.
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Hobby Farms Feb 16
Did you know the Sicilian Buttercup chicken breed was named for its style of comb, and that it's the only breed with that style? Other comb styles include the rose, the carnation and the cushion. Learn why combs differ, what they do and what they can...
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