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A bird with many benefits
Guinea fowl are like watchdogs. Whenever anything – a car, person, or animal  – comes down the lane, they’ll probably make a racket. But, you’ll love them because Guinea...
A hen is the first choice, but sometimes you need an incubator
Most people who raise chickens let the hens do their thing and hatch the chicks out themselves.   Poultry Specialist Morgan Farnell at Mississippi State University says hens instinctively know...
Pheasants are considered wild, but they can be raised in captivity
My uncle has several acres of land that provide nice habitat for ringneck pheasants. Unfortunately if the winter is unusually cold and wet, the pheasant population goes down. Chris Theisen is...
Raising baby ducks and geese isn't a whole lot different from chickens. A warm, dry brooding area, and quality food and water allow young waterfowl to grow into beautiful adults.
Radio interview source: Phil Clauer, Extension Poultry Specialist, Penn State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Domesticated ducks and geese don...
Whether your baby chicks arrive in the mail or are hatched in an incubator, here are some important first steps to ensure their safety and well-being.
Swans are the largest and most beautiful waterfowl to grace the pond on your acreage. They are a joy to watch and can hang around with you for a decade or more. Radio interview source: Ron Andrews,...
Looking for a fun and low maintenance pet for the backyard?
Choosing your breed If you're looking to expand your acreage's animal repertoire, consider ducks. Whether you are looking to supplement your food supply with eggs and fresh meat or you...
Ducks come in a lot of colors, but some stand out in the crowd. Blue Swedish ducks are an attractive breed with a calm personality, and would be a great addition to your flock. Radio interview...
Marco Polo wrote about seeing chickens "with hair like cats". He was referring to Silkies. If you want an unusual looking chicken, Silkies might be an option. Radio interview source:...
Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Egg-laying machines Listen to this radio show (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Bud Wood, owner, McMurray Hatchery One of my favorite chicken breeds is the Rhode Island Red...