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Make chickens comfortable when they go for a ride
When you order a batch of chicks, they usually come from the hatchery to the post office in a cardboard box with air holes. Transporting them safely is always a concern. Extension Poultry...
Two men bought a farm that came with birds and a couple of old goats
Greg Graves was out helping his friend dig some topiary at a nursery near Graham, Washington, and was captivated by the charm of the century-old farmhouse, gardens, pasture, and mature trees. When it...
Woodpeckers need specially-designed feeders to accommodate their unique habits
I can hear the woodpeckers at work on the trees. Sometimes they like to ratta-tat-tat on the eaves of our house. Woodpeckers are beneficial birds because they eat a lot of insects. Bill Golden...
If you find the body of an eagle, you have to contact law enforcement
I know there are bald eagles living in our area. I’ve seen them from a distance around a lake near my house. My friend Bob, a veterinarian, has had clients bring injured bald eagles to his...
Cooking is for the birds and they appreciate it!
Help out your feathered friends this winter by making homemade suet cakes for them. It provides a high-energy source of fat and protein during increased energy needs in colder weather. Pure suet is...
Provide food, shelter, and resting places to help them along the way
From hummingbirds to Canada geese, migratory birds seek out habitat on their journey. Every year, migratory birds make the journey between North America and wintering areas in Mexico, Latin America,...
Raise Muscovies for pest control, meat, and eggs
Muscovy ducks have become popular animals to have on a small farm. People enjoy their lean, nutritious meat that is comparable in taste to sirloin steak. Muscovy ducks are prolific egg layers,...
Who's singing to you?
I love to hear the birds singing but I’m never quite sure what they’re saying to each other. Birders divide bird sounds into two categories: songs, which are generally complex mating...
From southern Canada to central Mexico, this dove is one of our most common birds
I love a quiet, summer day when I hear the mourning doves cooing to each other from tree-to-tree. Every year I see a few doves lazing on the rail of my deck close to the bird feeders. They get their...
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It sounded like a scene from Hitchcock's The Birds. The morning before a winter storm blew in and dumped 4 inches of snow on our Iowa farm (a foot of snow in northern Iowa), blackbirds...