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Cubalaya Rooster
Great breeds for FFA and 4-H projects, as well as serious show competitions
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The highlight of the Super Bowl for many people in rural America, based on my Facebook and Twitter feeds, was not who won the game, but the two-minute commercial by Ram Trucks "God Made a Farmer...
Which breed's best? Plus: Building a chicken coop.
Download this FREE Keeping Chickens Guide PDF courtesy of Living the Country Life. Whatever reason you raise chickens for, one thing's for sure: living in the country is simply better with...
The birds make quick work of the nasty critters
Radio interview source: Lisa and Chris Murano, Owners, Murano Hatchery Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Chris and Lisa Murano and their three kids live on 25-acres near Boyers...
Useful and money-saving tips from our audience
Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Finding the most efficient way to care for chickens often comes from ideas from other poultry owners. These tips from our audience might come in...
Fly control in the chicken house starts with good sanitation and manure management.
Radio interview source: Ralph Williams, Professor of Entomology, Purdue University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below Where there are chickens, there's manure. And where...
Chicken owners love their birds and get concerned when something doesn't look right. The comb on top of the birds' heads usually stands straight up, but it can be floppy, too.
Radio interview source: Danny Thornton, Extension Poultry Instructor, Mississippi State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Sometimes our listeners...
The scales on a chicken's leg should lie flat. If they're not, the chicken may have scaly leg mites. Mites cause irritation and if untreated, a bird can go lame.
Radio interview source: Phillip Clauer, Extension Poultry Specialist, Penn State University Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Help prevent chicken scaly leg mite...
All Around The Homestead: A page written by our readers
  Straw garden Our home did not have good soil for planting a summer garden, so we planted our tomatoes in bales of wheat straw. We had to water more often, but our kitchen was supplied with a...
Consider it free nutrients for the garden.
Chicken owners often use wood shavings, straw, or sawdust as bedding in the coop to keep the birds dry. When cleaning out chicken coops, an option is to toss the litter onto the compost pile. Chicken...