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5 reasons why chickens stop laying eggs

5 reasons why chickens stop laying eggs

If you are keeping chickens for eggs, you want them to be productive. If chickens stop laying they still need to be fed, and that costs money. There are different reasons why a chicken may not be laying eggs.

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If I get chickens, do I need a rooster?

If I get chickens, do I need a rooster?

Often people ask me: If I get chickens, do I need a rooster? The short answer is: No, you do not. The longer answer is: Maybe if… 

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7 things we’ve learned from keeping quail

7 things we've learned about keeping quail

My son really really wanted quail, so a couple of weeks ago we went to the feed store, and while I was buying feed he bought himself 3 quail. Two females and a male, I guess he takes after his mom because he wanted to breed quail and sell them. I think it is great, he’s only 8 years old and has a little business plan!

I thought quail were just tiny chickens, boy was I wrong, they are nothing like chickens! Here’s what we learned in our first weeks of keeping quail.

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Yogurt does NOT increase egg production

Yogurt does not increase egg production

I am part of different homesteading groups on social media, and every once in a while a post will come by: “I fed my chickens yogurt and they went from laying 5-6 eggs a day to laying 16 eggs a day!” Along with the post you see a picture of a lot of eggs, and it almost seems to good to be true, because it is.

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Rcom Max20 Incubator Review

Rcom Max20 Incubator Review

We splurged a little last month and got ourselves a brand spanking new incubator! The first round of eggs have hatched so it’s time for me to assess how it went!

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Why our farm fresh eggs are more expensive

Why our farm fresh eggs are more expensive (than eggs at the grocery store)

“These eggs are really expensive, I can get eggs at Aldi for much less!” That is something I have heard twice in the last couple of weeks!

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How to prepare for a bottle lamb

How to prepare for a bottle lamb

It’s that time of the year, little lambs everywhere! Usually lambs stay in the pasture with their mother and she takes care of them. However,  sometimes the ewe (especially if it’s her first lambing ) rejects the lamb. Unfortunately it also happens the ewes die during or shortly after birth. Which means you have a bottle lamb. It is necessary to be prepared for this, because it happens and you don’t want to have to go looking for supplies when the lamb is already born. How do you prepare for a bottle lamb?

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Signs that your ewe is (close to) giving birth

Signs that your ewe is giving birth

Most of the time you know when you should expect your sheep to give birth. We, however, had a ram with the herd most of last year and weren’t so sure. That’s how we ended up with a little surprise lamb in December. Right now we are expecting our other ewe to lamb pretty soon, so I am keeping a close eye on her for signs that indicate she is starting labor.

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Hybrids vs. Pure Breeds: Laying hens

Hybrids vs. Pure Breeds: Laying Hens

There are so many different chicken breeds to choose from, but there are also hybrids designed for egg production. When you go to the grocery store and buy eggs they are most likely layed by hybrids. But what are hybrids and are they a good fit for backyard chicken keeping?

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Making an egg apron from an old bedsheet

Making an egg apron from a bedsheet

I will have you know that I am a total noob when it comes to sewing.  I’ve had a sewing machine for years, but we never got along. Many times I tried and sometimes something decent would come out of my sewing machine, but most of the time it would end up with me saying words I’d rather not repeat in public. I would then pack up my sewing machine and not touch it for another year.

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