Living the Country Life

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Eating fresh eggs is wonderful but if the shells are dirty, the eggs are unappetizing. If you don't have time to wash eggs right away, put them in the 'fridge. When it's time to clean...
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Take immediate action to correct the problem
Most hens are able to lay eggs with no problem. However, some hens develop something called a prolapsed vent, which happens after an egg is laid. The vent, or oviduct, turns inside out and hangs...
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Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Keep them safe Listen to this radio story (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Merrill Marxman, manager, Kankakee County (Illinois) Farmers' Market We let chickens run...
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To roost in the tree. Some chickens prefer a tree branch over a nice hen house. And good luck changing their minds. Radio interview source: Jesse Lyons, Extension...
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Ordering baby chicks Chickens are great fun to raise, especially the fuzzy, yellow babies. Order the peeps online and have them shipped, or hand-pick them at a feed store. Radio interview source...
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Top chickens in the show pen need vitality and elegance to win that blue ribbon. If you want a showman's bird, you'll do well with the Modern Game fowl breed. Radio interview source:...
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Remember butchering chickens at Grandma's? Catching the chickens, dressing them, and the fried chicken dinner later on. Processing your own poultry is a popular practice again. Radio interview...
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Radio interview source: Jesse Lyons, Extension Poultry Specialist, University of Missouri Listen here: How to keep hens laying in winter As daylight gets shorter, hens tend to stop laying eggs....
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Heat is tough on chickens. Feathers are great insulation from the cold but no help in the hot summer. Provide water to drink and to play in, and make sure there's plenty of fresh air. Radio...
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Whether you have chickens as pets or you're just doing a health check on the flock, you'll need to handle them at some point. If you're patient and gentle, you'll be at the top of the...

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