Back in the days before my layer flock came to enliven life on our farm, I would have picked the egg for sure—or maybe the egg carton. After all, the runny, pale-yolked eggs I cooked came from cartons sold at the grocery store, not from any chickens that I could see. My perspective changed, however, when I brought home our first fuzzy chicks, watched them grow into gawky pullets and waited—and waited—with bated breath for our first farm-fresh eggs to magically appear.
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Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, for instance, while animals other than humans – bears, badgers, and more – have long raided honeybee hives, risking stings for the sweet reward.
Honey is truly a remarkable substance, made even more extraordinary by the process with which it is made. This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet.
And while honey is high in fructose, it has many health benefits when used in moderation (assuming you’re healthy). Before I delve into those, here’s a brief “lesson” on how honey is made..
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Infectious diseases do not spontaneously appear in chicken flocks. Almost all infectious diseases are introduced into a flock by means that go unnoticed, such as inadvertently carring an infectious disease on shoes or clothing and then tending to chickens.Just as common are introductions of disease from equipment, feed, other animals, pests, vermin, migratory waterfowl, and most commonly, from new chickens introduced to an existing flock.
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This week, I had an e-mail from a man who is interested in raising his own livestock. He is currently in the learning and planning phase and had the following question:
“One of the guys at my work said it is impossible to raise hogs without antibiotics. Is this true? I don’t think it’s true, but thought I’d ask.”
Below is my initial response to him:
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When it comes to natural disasters, animals are way further ahead of the curve than people are, and just seem to be able to sense change in the air. If you know what to look for, you can take advantage of the warning signs exhibited by your four-legged forecasters and winged weathermen, and prepare faster for survival.
Before casting this particular article aside, consider the fact that when the tsunami hit Thailand in 2004, nearly all of the animals who were free to roam made it to higher ground and survived. More than 200,000 humans died. That’s either one tremendous coincidence or the animals knew something that we didn’t.
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A homestead can always use another source of income. So when you are ready to search for a new source of money, an animal that is easy to care for and an all around producer is the perfect choice. Geese are great little pets, cook into a good meat, and the eggs can be used in a variety of ways. Each one produces an income and this bird is a tasty treat at any time of the year. If you haven’t had much experience with a goose, you are in for a treat. They can be amusing to watch and can be trained to attack friends and family to your amusement. A goose’s personality is just plain fun and you will find yourself laughing a lot as you spend time watching them.
Start with a few large geese in the yard. They will begin to lay eggs right away. As each egg drops you can assume your income is on its way. You can let them free range or place them in a yard surrounded with a six-foot chicken-wire fence. If you are going to be hatching out the eggs then cover the top with chicken wire too, because other predator birds love the baby goslings for food. Hawks can make off with a baby gosling before the mother goose can turn around, so protect the babies if you are going to hatch eggs. They will lay and hatch anywhere from three to five eggs at a time.
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In an age when consumers want transparency in how their food is produced, meat producers are under the microscope.
And the meat industry is responding: Antibiotic-free chicken is showing up everywhere you look.
Industry leviathans Perdue Farms and Tyson Foods have both come out with their own antibiotic-free brands of chicken — something that might have seemed practically unthinkable several years back. In fact, this week Perdue is launching its first consumer advertising campaign for the Harvestland product line, which the company says is the nation’s leading antibiotic-free brand of chicken. The ads urge shoppers to “eat like our ancestors.”
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If you have backyard friends in your house, you must be knowing how carefully they are brought up. From their living to health, habits to the house, everything needs to be perfect, especially if you are dealing with chickens. They are very moody and tend to get irritated if not treated the way they want to be. Other than all the stuff, taking care of chicken’s diet is the utmost priority of the everywhere backyard raiser. However, you can always have some treats for chickens occasionally. The treat for chicken would help in avoiding the boredom of having the same food for the little fluffy fellows.
If you fail to allure the chickens with treats, they might get into the habit of feather pecking, which is certainly dangerous for the bird’s health. However, treat would be only 2 to 4 percent of the actual diet; it only makes around quarter cup feed for one chicken and that even for the week.
You must be thinking what to feed chickens as treat? Health, safety and freshness would be your utmost concern. The excerpt guides you about best 10 treats that your birds would enjoy to the fullest:
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Wondering where to start with raising animals on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead? Here are some easy animals to start with, complete with all the information you’ll need to learn about and decide which ones are the perfect fit for you.
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One of only two ‘Class A’ diseases of poultry targeted for emergency disease control measures by OIE, the equivalent of the World Health Organisation for animal diseases. This viral disease can cause exceptionally high mortality, especially in turkeys. In addition official control measures disrupt trade in poultry products from affected areas.
The cause is a virus, Orthomyxovirus type A, its pathogenicity is variable, and isolates are designated sero-type/ species/location/reference number/year/subtype designation(H/N). Highly pathogenic forms are usually of the H groups 5 and 7 and may now be identified (if H5 or H7) by the presence of a sequence at the haemagglutinin cleavage site that codes for multiple basic amino acids.
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