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  1. DIY Poultry Feed: Making it at Home

    Many people who raise poultry birds have difficulties obtaining proper feed. Stores selling proper feed are far away from some people, others just don’t want to have to pay for it. Many people don’t want to have to buy it just so they can be more self sufficient. Making or growing your own chicken feed is possible and may be an option you want to look into. It can also be much healthier or more specific to your own birds’ needs.

    One helpful component is a large pasture. If it is healthy and consistent enough, and the coop can be moved to a new area on a regular basis, birds can often forage enough to stay healthy without you providing feed. Even if not, it will likely be a useful supplement to the feed you provide. This is a very natural and healthy diet for poultry birds.

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  2. Automatic Watering Systems 101

                 It’s been scorching hot this summer! With all this hot weather it’s important to keep your flock well hydrated, and without an automatic watering system this could turn into a large task. Traditional “fill yourself” waterers can tip over and spill, they easily get filled with gunk and debris, require constant clean up and obviously require you to manually refill them. This is why I want to take you through a couple automatic watering options that we provide. Both systems are designed to be suspended above the ground to keep the birds from getting the water dirty and require very little clean up.

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  3. How Do I Know If My Neighborhood Allows Me to Have Chickens?

    For many people, particularly those living in suburban neighborhoods, there is the question of whether or not their neighborhood will allow them to own chickens or other poultry birds. This can not be answered with a general answer, because the rules are different in each area— you will have to find the particular rules for your area on your own. Here is what you need to do. First, use an online search engine to look up ordinance codes for your area. They may or may not be online, and even if they are online, they may be difficult to find and/or understand.

    If you don’t find anything, or if you just want to be sure you are right, contact the Health and Zoning Boards in your area. Each of these groups may have rules regulating or outlawing ownership of poultry birds. Also contact a representative from your HOA, if you have one. They often have rules about owning chickens.

    Try ta

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  4. Raising a Thanksgiving Turkey - Part Three

    When your turkeys are about ten weeks old, it may be time to move them to permanent outdoor quarters. Make sure they are healthy and strong, and nearing maturity, and the weather is favorable. If not, you may need to delay for a week or two. Do not delay too much longer than this, or you will most likely harm the birds.

    Build the turkeys a roost (a roost is basically their house, like a coop is to a chicken). It should be suspended a couple of feet off the ground, with a wire mesh floor so that droppings can fall through. Make sure there are no places inside the roost where droppings will pile up, as this can cause disease and general bad health. The area under the roost should be cleaned weekly. Some people recommend making portable roosts to make cleaning easier.

    The walls should also be wire mesh or poultry netting. Inside, the birds should be protected from sunlight and precipitation, so make the roof, and possibly the upper portions of the walls, out of somethin

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  5. Raising a Thanksgiving Turkey - Part Two

    When your turkey poults begin to mature, it becomes necessary to move them from their brooder. Unlike most birds, you do not move turkey poults directly from a brooder to a coop or other more permanent environment. First they need to be placed in a ‘brooder house’. They will be in this brooder house for about six to eight weeks.

    The brooder house is a hybrid between living in the brooder and living outdoors, and is meant as a sort of stepping stone between the two stages. The three most important aspects of a brooder house are temperature, sanitation, and proper feeding and watering. Also, be sure to make the brooder house extra big because the poults will be two to three times larger by the time they are ready to be moved to permanent outdoor quarters.

    Artificial temperature should be provided somehow, usually by overhead heat lamps. Start at about 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Decrease it gradually. For the last two weeks the chicks are in the brooder house, they sh

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  6. How to Decide Which Bird Species to Hatch

    Deciding you want to take up hatching and raising your own birds is really exciting, but also can be quite daunting. One thing you will need to do is decide what species of bird you want to hatch. Someone hatching birds for their functional use probably already knows what type of bird they want to hatch, because they are hatching the birds for the specific things that species of bird can do. But for a hobbyist, or someone just getting into hatching birds, this decision may be a little more challenging.


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  7. Raising a Thanksgiving Turkey - Part One

    People have several reasons for raising birds. Among the most common is raising them for healthy, natural meat. Many people want to focus specifically on raising their own Thanksgiving Turkey. Aside from being a centuries-old traditional mainstay, turkey meat is lean, healthy, and nutrient rich, and is considered by many nutritionists to be ‘superior protein’. Turkeys also give more meat per pound of feed than any other common poultry bird. But where to begin?



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  8. Treating a Sick Chicken

     Just as disease can be a problem for humans, chickens are susceptible to disease. Any variety of illnesses can infect your chickens, some are caused by something you do, some are not. It is often possible to successfully treat these diseases on your own. However, we should first go over some common symptoms of chicken illnesses, listed below.

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  9. The HumidiKit - Automatic Humidity System

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                       HumidiKit - Automatic Humidity System

    Many of our customers have expressed frustration over the hassle of maintaining the humidity inside their incubators. Many of the frustrations have been over having to constantly add water and being able to accurately control the humidity.

    We here at are excited to introduce our latest product, the

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  10. How Can I Hatch Eggs in a Classroom?

        Incubating and hatching eggs have more benefits than a useful chicken as an end result. This is the common reason people hatch eggs, but people are, more and more, exploring the educational opportunities that come from incubating and hatching eggs. Many teachers are bringing incubators into the classroom to give the children they teach an excellent hands-on educational opportunity. Taking care of an egg all the way through the hatching and early life of the chick is a wonderful way to learn important life skills and natural science. Of course

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