Raising backyard chickens to gather your own healthy eggs is rewarding and rather easy as long as you educate yourself on some basics before you begin. For instance, where does one get baby chicks? Is it better to mail order from a hatchery or buy from a local feed store? What is a straight run […]
Whether you mail order baby chicks or buy them from a local feed store be sure you are prepared. Baby chicks need a brooder ready for their arrival. A brooder is simply a container/box or blocked off area that will house the baby chicks for the first several weeks of their life. A brooder can […]
RCD is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that affects wild and domestic rabbits, and it has been deliberately made more virulent and released to control wild rabbit populations in some countries including Australia and New Zealand. There is no cure for Rabbit Calicivirus (RCD), therefore prevention is the only option. Here I will […]
Once your chickens have grown and thrived in the brooder it is time for them to go out to their permanent home. By this point they have gotten too big for the brooder box and luckily they can tolerate the outside temperatures if fully feathered. A chicken coop can be just about anything. Most people […]
Pasty Butt is a condition that may affect very young chicks. If you raise chickens, you may never have to deal with it, but you should be aware of what it is and what to do about it if it happens. Also known as “pasting up,” Pasty Butt happens when the vent (the area right […]
Breeding goats you want to make sure you make the right matches so that you get the best traits and qualities in your babies. Goat breeding planning can get complicated remembering who is related to who and what traits certain lines carry forward. We explain the one tool that can simplify your goat breeding planning.