Looking for a little more self-sufficiency? This article will tell you what you need to know about producing your own chicken and pork.
Here are more than a dozen tips for raising healthy, happy backyard chickens. Learn about one of the fastest growing hobbies worldwide.
This is our story about beginning to raise chickens. Learn from our mistakes about what to do and what not to do when raising chickens.
Are you an aspiring backyard egg farmer? I've raised Ameraucanas and Buff Orpingtons, and I have a lot of experience to share. I've also included a chart that summarizes which chicken breeds will perform best in urban conditions.
If you're new to raising chickens, picking out the right feed can be quite a challenge. Learn the differences so you can feed your flock only the very best!
This article offers tips on how to utilize the natural instincts of a broody hen to incubate, hatch, and raise your chicks naturally.
There are risks to having chickens that are either too fat or too thin. Learn how to tell if your chickens are out of balance and what to do about it.
"How much hay do I need for the winter?" In this article, I'll discuss how I calculate how much hay to buy each winter without buying too much or too little.
We all love pets, but some are more expensive and difficult to keep successfully than others. Chickens are an economical and easy alternative to the traditional pets like cats and dogs.
Taking care of lambs that have been rejected by their moms is a time-consuming job. Here are some signs of maternal rejection to look out for and detailed directions to bottle-feeding lambs.
Domestic ducks are ducks that are cared for and/or raised by people. People typically raise ducks for pets, eggs, meat, and show. Domesticated ducks rely on people for food and shelter.
Finding a good set of backyard chicken house plans does not have to be time-consuming. Here, we will cover several tips for planning a solid chicken coop.
I have raised my fair share of bottle-fed baby goats. I own goats as personal pets and as members of our petting zoo. I want my goats to be as friendly and people-oriented as possible. There are definitely pros and cons to raising a baby goat on a bottle. Here are my thoughts.
Silkie Bantam chickens are an incredibly unique breed of chicken, adorned with many fancy features. This article provides some interesting facts about the origins and characteristics of the Silkie.
Crucial information that could save the life of a lamb that is cold, chilled, or has hypothermia. Hypoglycemia and starvation are addressed as well.
Are you excited about the world of waterfowl but just don't want a regular old duck to keep up with the Joneses? Prepare to learn the reasons why you should get out there and find a Muscovy.
Raise your hand if you've never heard about training chickens. If your hand is up, you are in good company as not many people realize chickens are actually trainable.
The Drenthe Heath Sheep (Dutch: Drents Heideschaap) is the oldest sheep breed of the Netherlands. Both ewes and rams wear horns. I've raised these sheep for over 30 years now and they're beautiful.
Showing livestock is a lot of work but very rewarding in many ways. We are a show pig family and we work hard to be successful. It is always a learning process, but we love it!
Looking to make a chick brooder with homemade materials? If you are into do-it-yourself projects, you will love this design that my hubby came up with for our fluffy, day-old chicks.
The topic of letting chickens free-range vs. keeping them in a chicken run is frequently debated. This article will list three pros and three cons of both sides to help you figure out which option is best for your animals.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a pet pig? This is the story of our family's adoption of a pig we call Wilbur.
Chickens get all the attention, but backyard duck operations are growing in popularity. Ducks are more personable than chickens, and their eggs are more nutritious.
When you put chickens in a small pen or coop they get bored and will end up hurting one another. Here are easy and fun ideas for chicken toys that you can make using items around your house.
This is my story of how I came to have a pet duck and how I care for it. I learned many interesting things along the way, and while the care is not easy, it is very enjoyable and rewarding.
My family helps raise chickens as a member of a community where the work is shared and the blessings are many. We raise our chickens for the eggs, which are delicious, and we learn so much from them.
Knowing how to properly winterize your chicken coop is important for keeping your flock healthy through the colder months of the year.
This article contains information on Americaunas and "Easter Egg" chickens and their varieties. Read on about the characteristics of the Americauna breed and advice on caring for these chickens.
Here are some tips on what to do if your hen is injured, from someone who has been through it and was completely unprepared at the time. Learn about basic chicken first aid.
Ameraucana and Easter Egg chickens are a good choice if you want to keep laying hens in a suburban yard. Here, you'll find photos and information about raising and housing a small flock, from chicks to layers.
Thinking about adopting a goat and need some help thinking of good goat names? Here are over 350 goat name ideas to graze through!
Some consider duck mating to be a violent and aggressive process, and it definitely can be if not done properly. This guide teaches you how to breed your ducks in a safe and healthy way.
Ducks, geese and swans are feathered philosophers, offering us humans useful tips on relationships, job success, stress management and staying healthy. You won't think of them as bird-brained again!
Learning how to build a pigpen that's right for you starts with learning the type of hog pen you need. Here are the basic types of pigpens, as well as considerations for humane livestock handling.
In this article, I give you the reasons why goats may or may not make good pets. Learn more about them by reading my own experience.
Learn the truth about chickens. Can female chickens really turn into males? Are chickens actually stupid? Are they really mean? What are chicken saddles and diapers? I'm here to tell you the truth.
If I want a few hens to provide eggs, do I need a rooster? Why should I have a rooster? Aren't they mean, noisy birds?
In the equine world, the humble, patient, long-eared donkey rarely gets the respect it deserves. It may not be as elegant as an Arabian or as popular a symbol of the American West as the Mustang, but it is every bit as fascinating. Read on for some of the reasons why!
Toxic plants may not be listed on safe/dangerous lists available on the internet, and retailers may not be knowledgeable when it comes to choosing plants for the pets' environments.
If you are choosing a heritage chicken breed, we think these are the 10 best breeds. We chose them based on friendliness, hardiness, beauty and beauty of the eggs.
This egg overview will amaze you! An in-depth look at the differences found between store-bought production eggs and farm fresh backyard chicken eggs.
Basically, three types of chickens exist: the egg layers, the meat birds, and the dual-purpose birds. The dual-purpose birds are the best for raising in the backyard.
Watch a group of 100 Cornish Rock chickens grow from fuzzy yellow balls to noisy adults. This photo essay shows all phases of care and feeding on a private farm.
Don't have much space for a large farm with large farm animals? Well, I have gathered information on many species of livestock that are 'smaller' than your average breed, or they are just small in general.
New to raising hens? Unsure how to begin? Here are some important tips for raising hens in your back yard.
If you have an ample grassy area, a secure outdoor shelter, and a big heart for animals, you need a pair of goats. Goats are social animals that require little care other than the essentials and your love. Take a look at the goats at my daughter's farm and learn more about these amazing creatures.
Goats are friendly, brush-eating critters that also make good pets on a small farm, ranch, or homestead. They eat weeds, grass, small brush, and unwanted plants. They also play tricks and are funny!
If you have been thinking about raising chickens, read this to get started in a simple and cost-effective way. We are talking just the basics.
The basic considerations for building a pigpen start with knowing what it's going to be used for, the size of the breed you plan to raise, and the number and age of animals it's intended for. Here are tips for how to build a pigpen that is sturdy and well-suited for the specific animals that will be housed within.
Chickens can be a great addition to your property because of the eggs they produce. If you don't have the desire to build a permanent home for them, there are movable options.
I have a donkey named Ray. These are answers to the questions I have been asked about keeping a donkey in a small-town setting.
Did you know pigs actually make amazing pets?! Here are more than 250 pig name ideas for your adorable piggy pal!
With backyard poultry becoming an ever-increasing trend, some chickens are bound to end up inside as "not-so-exotic" pets. But is this a good idea? Let's find out!
Donkeys can and do make amiable pets. These hardy critters are independent, amusing and inquisitive. If the idea of cherishing one of your own is appealing but you don't know where to start, then this article is for you.
This is a comprehensive guide on the silkie chicken, including information about its physical features, temperament, origins, and life cycle. I also explain how to breed, raise, and care for them.
Meat goats are very easy to care for. They can be raised with little supplemental grain and minimal shelter. Their small size, adaptability to drastic environmental conditions, huge productivity and excellent fertility make them ideal for anyone looking to raise farm animals.
This is a summary of how I plan to introduce and acclimate my new house pig to the house and to other pets in the house. Hopefully, this will provide some insight for those who have or are considering a house pig.
These chickens come in a variety of beautiful colors and are fun to raise. In this article, I share photos and basic information about raising them.
Goats are pretty easy to keep. Find out how much space and food they need and how to provide basic care for these friendly and curious animals.
You may think you're raising your own turkey for Thanksgiving, but you probably aren't... here are the facts about raising turkeys.
So you want a potbellied pig as a pet. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.
Includes suggestions about which duck breeds are most suitable for different purposes. Covers housing, feeding, stocking density, wing clipping, and health of pet ducks.
How do you get your chicken coop ready for blizzards, tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding, or hurricanes? Don't wait until severe weather is imminent to prepare your flock for the storm.
Perfect pet goat names, how do you find them? What makes a good name? There is nothing wrong with being creative when naming your pet goat. There are too many Buckys and Nannys out there!
Donkeys can provide human friends with important life lessons on the value of hard work, maintaining a sense of humor, and how to treat others. He-Haw! Let the off-color jokes begin.
Cage-free, free roaming, and ranging rabbits for meat—does it work? Read on for what I did and what I learned.
The best backyard chicken breeds are friendly and provide a sufficient quantity of eggs. Breeds such as the Silver Gray Dorking and Buff Orpington are excellent choices for a backyard flock.
Ducks are foraging omnivores that love to eat things, especially snacks. With so many options, which foods make the best treats?
Here are some tips and tricks on building your own chicken coop cheaply and also a basic design plan to get you started.
Welcome to our goat pen! Meet Oliver and Delilah, our pet pygmy goats, and see how we built our new goat pen.
With so many breeds, it is difficult to choose the best for egg production. The type of duck you choose will depend on your needs. Let's take a look at what the different breeds have to offer.
I was given two miniature pigs, strangers to each other until they met on my small farm. Now Mr Pig has given up his bachelor flat and moved into the honeymoon suite with the lovely Peppa.
When owning a flock of poultry, one needs to consider what to feed them. This is a general guide to feeding poultry and picking feed that is right for your budget, needs, and availability.
Ever wonder what it is like to raise chickens but think that it would be too hard? Read on to see how easy it is to start your brood from an incubator.
These docile birds are a great choice for growing your own gourmet meat, free-range style. They are mild-mannered and can be shy but are easy to tame. I have tips on sexing day-old chicks and more information on character and looks of this ancient heritage breed.
Keeping your chickens in confinement doesn't have to be a prison sentence. If you can't let them go free range, here's how to do it in the most healthy and humane way possible.
Dealing with backyard chicken diseases is a fact of life when raising chickens. Find out a few things you can do to help remedy most chicken ailments and keep your flock healthy.
Step-by-step instructions on raising guinea keets to full-grown guineafowl. These essential tips include basic husbandry and advice on buying from hatcheries.
Incubators are expensive, and they aren't always trustworthy. Read on to find out how to create one yourself that works.
Keeping chickens is an extremely rewarding venture. Happy, healthy hens will lay eggs nearly all year round and will also provide you with delicious meat. However, certain breeds are better than others
So you've decided you want to keep chickens, but where to start? What breed of chickens? How many do you need? Read on to find out.
Owning chickens in the suburbs might not be for everyone, but please consider it. Here's a long list of both the benefits and detriments of keeping chickens in a not-so-rural area.
Learn how to take care of baby ducks, or ducklings, using this step-by-step guide. From what a baby duck eats and drinks to what it needs to thrive, this guide covers everything.
A very easy-to-use chicken health troubleshooting chart. Chicken diseases and conditions are listed along with symptom, prevention, and treatment information.
This list will help you get an idea of what threatens your flock and how to guard against predation, but it is always good to discuss the subject of predators with other chicken owners around you.
Whether you raise chickens or just received a baby chick for Easter, you'll find a name in this list for every breed and personality.
There are around 570 goat breeds in the world, but only 69 of those are truly identified as "dairy breeds". Some of the best goats for milk include Saanen, Nubian, Alpine, Toggenburg, Sable and Nordic.
People love to breed animals with extreme characteristics, but what does this mean for chickens? Take a gander at some truly freaky chicken breeds.
This breed was first bred in Hungary and later perfected in Germany. Contrary to what some folks believe, the Naked Neck is 100% chicken—not a cross between a turkey and a chicken.
The Golden Comet chicken is a great egg layer and a great addition to any backyard chicken coop. In this article, you will learn all about this wonderful chicken breed.
Prevent predators from entering and killing your chickens by creating a predator-proof chicken coop and chicken run.
A simple guide to keeping geese and raising and caring for goslings. Geese make good pets, great lawn mowers, and excellent watch dogs, but do you know what they need to keep them healthy and happy?
Aside from being an important agricultural commodity, sheep are often kept as pets. This article discusses what you need to know if you have pet sheep, or are considering acquiring some in the future.
Want to house chickens in your backyard? When keeping chickens in your garden is not easy, it is time to build a hen house and a chicken run. Illustrated guide.
I have been raising chickens for over five years and have worked with many breeds of poultry. This is about my experience raising light brahma chickens.
Chickens make great pets, and having a coop of chickens can help your family in so many ways! Check out our list of 45 rooster and chicken names!
Are pigs dirty? Do they smell bad? Are they difficult to take care of? Learn more myths and facts about raising pigs.