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OP cancelled today, Sunday, May 8

Sorry, the rain is ongoing, so we’ll try next Sunday. Don’t forget we have OP on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:45 pm.   

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It’s hatching time!

I only wish this Buttercup hen was ready to sit on eggs, but it’s too early in the year. So I’ve got the first eggs started in the incubator. I had hoped to have a whole group of chicks by Valentines … Continue reading

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Poultry shows make a slight comeback this fall

Poultry shows at the county fairs this year took a huge hit due to avian influenza(AI). Very few 4-Hers were allowed to bring their chickens or ducks to the fair for fear of another outbreak of AI.  That was the … Continue reading

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The big move to the great outdoors

Putting your chicks outside for the first time is both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially if you have never done this before.  Usually by six to eight weeks their body will be covered with feathers. If the weather is nice during … Continue reading

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A fall surprise: one chick

I was surprised this week to go into my shed and find this little guy hanging out with my missing hen… I didn’t even know this hen was missing, so it was even more of a surprise to find them. … Continue reading

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Those first teenage crows

I heard a sound this morning that startled me.  At first I thought a chick was caught or injured.  Then the sound came again and I wondered if one of the birds was sick. As I walked around the corner … Continue reading

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My, how fast they grow…

I love Runner ducks.  They are so funny and industrious and great foragers.  I was sad when I lost my two females last fall.  So this spring, I ordered six new female ducklings.  Three are fawn and white (seen below) … Continue reading

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Do you let your dogs and chickens co-exist?: A poll

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Choose your poultry well: Egg Layers

You know spring is here when you see the heat lamps turn on over the large metal tubs at the hardware and feed stores.  Before the snow even melts, its time to get some chicks started under a heat lamp … Continue reading

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December chicken chores, part two

Here’s what else you need to think about: Frostbite Depending on the breed of chicken, their combs and wattles can become frostbitten. Birds with large combs (usually breeds originating from a warmer place, such as Leghorns) are more susceptible to … Continue reading

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