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How to Tell a Hen from a Rooster

How to Tell a Hen from a Rooster in Seven Simple Steps Let’s tease out the best ways for how to tell a hen from a rooster. The diagram below shows two very different looking chickens. But many breeds exhibit similar traits between hens and roosters. This includes breeds with short combs on both sexes, or on the flip side hens which have large brilliant red combes. Some roosters have very short tail feathers. In all these differences by breed, chickens do all have a few stark sex indicators. Ability to Lay Eggs Mating Position Crowing Aggression Spurs Feather Differances Face/Head {read more}

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How to Package and Ship Hatching Eggs in the Mail

Our little egg operation sells hatching eggs to the lower 48 US states from our Homestead in Maine. They have shipped out to California, Florida and Texas. To insure their best chance at a safe arrival and successful hatch, I take care to package them well and use a reliable carrier. To increase cost effectiveness, we purchase shipping materials in bulk and take advantage of USPS free boxes and at-home pick up. This service saves time, money and gas! You will need a printer (or permanent marker), scissors, fresh eggs (with the clean bloom intact), bubble wrap, empty thin-walled water {read more}

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White Ameraucana Chickens or “Easter Eggers”

Eggs: Light blue to aqua-blue. Each hen here lays an average of 3-5 eggs per week. They seem to be irregular layers, but their stunningly blue eggs are worth the wait. Each day a blue egg is found in the coop harkens Easter morning nostalgia. I’ve had them for three years now, and it never gets old for me! In seasonal climates like ours here in Maine, they will lay 5-6 on the longer days of summer and 2-3 in the winter. When hens hit this slowed laying period on the shortest days. Learn more about giving them a little break {read more}

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Hatching Eggs

Hatching Eggs are different than Market Eggs Hatching eggs are stored in a semi-upright position and kept at an optimal temperature between 65-75° f. It is important the eggs don’t get too warm or they may begin to prematurely incubate. If they become too cold, the eggs lose viability. A few times a day the eggs are moved around and tilted to keep the embryo active and from clinging to the inside of the shell wall—much like they are inside the incubator. In nature, the hen will turn them as they are laid for up to two weeks prior to {read more}

Hunting or Store-Bought Meat: Ethical Dilemma

Deer hunting in Maine is an artform for some, a science for others—but for most of us die-hard Maine folks it’s a tradition. For me, it’s about environmental ethics and food choices. My father never brought me out hunting. Maybe he figured it was a boys thing, or maybe he never thought to ask. Either way I’ve never shot a deer and have put a lot of time into trying this fall. Why do I hunt? That’s a complex answer. The truth is I was once against hunting, until I earned more about our food system. It comes down to {read more}

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How to Treat Chicken Lice & Preventative Care Tips

This article will explain the best methods for how to treat chicken lice for beginners. This is my firsthand experience. For starters, poultry or “chicken lice” are specialist parasites and evolve to be very good at feeding on their specific host species—but aren’t able to live on other species. So chicken lice can’t live on people, and the lice that kids commonly get in grade school can’t be shared with their beloved chickens. Lice are common on many animals, and domesticated poultry have around 50 species of lice. They are all soft-bodied, pale-colored, flattened-bodied insects. These tiny soft-bodied insects have mouthparts used specifically to chew on feathers {read more}

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What to do when predators threaten your livestock

Over the past month we have lost seven animals. What to do when predators threaten your livestock is not a simple answer. We have a bobcat infiltrating our coop and hutch fortress. There is other food, it’s not the depth of winter. This big kitty is growing fat on our duck and chicken. Here in photos below you can see the lure of a half-eaten chicken we found (sadly still alive) last week at dawn that we used as bait to get it on a game camera. We were shocked to see it was a bobcat, not a fox raiding our birds. {read more}

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Can chickens and ducks live together?

Have you had chickens for a while and you’d like to add a duck or two but don’t want to build another house or worry about them fighting? Can chickens and ducks live together? Rest assured, they CAN! In early spring I found two free purebred Pekin male ducks (called Drakes) and put them in a pen sharing a fence with my three breeding Cayuga ducks. This seemed organized, ducks next to ducks, right? Big mistake. Sometimes I just have to learn the hard way. Geese honked brain shatteringly high-pitched warnings—they obviously knew more than I did about ducks. The {read more}

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Duckling Brooder Tips: Water & Feeder Designs

By: Amanda Jo Emerson Ducklings are messy and have the following list of obstacles for the hobbiest breeder or backyard poultry fancier to overcome to successfully brood them as clean and healthy as possible. Let’s look over these facts of duckling sloppiness in order to hash out duckling brooder tips to banish brooder blues in your home. Ducklings . . . love water. splash, nuzzle and quickly empty water sources into bedding. create a mat of mucky semi-solid poo everywhere. freak out easy and run over water dishes, feeders and each other. FACT: water + mushy poops + warm, humid box = {read more}