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  • 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.

    The Golden Comet Chicken

    The Golden Comet Chicken

    by Helena Ricketts23

  • 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!

    A Show Pig Family: It's a Lifestyle

    A Show Pig Family: It's a Lifestyle

    by Alisha Picks0

  • 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.

    What Is a Domestic Duck?

    What Is a Domestic Duck?

    by Drake Runner2

  • Tips on what to do if your hen is injured from someone who has been through it and was completely unprepared at the time.

    How to Care for an Injured Chicken

    How to Care for an Injured Chicken

    by Kristen Haynie1

  • People love to breed animals with extreme characteristics, but what does this mean for chickens? Take a gander at some truly freaky chicken breeds.

    Twelve Utterly Bizarre Chicken Breeds

    Twelve Utterly Bizarre Chicken Breeds

    by Theophanes Avery33

  • 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.

    What Donkeys Can Teach Us About Being Human

    What Donkeys Can Teach Us About Being Human

    by FlourishAnyway71

  • Dealing with backyard chicken diseases is a fact of life when raising healthy chickens. Find out a few things you can do to help remedy most chicken ailments.

    Guide to Backyard Chicken Diseases

    Guide to Backyard Chicken Diseases

    by Hal Gall12

  • 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, nor 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!

    12 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Donkeys

    12 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Donkeys

    by Marcy J. Miller8

  • Cage-free, free roaming, and ranging rabbits for meat—does it work? Read on for what I did and what I learned.

    Free-Range Meat Rabbits

    Free-Range Meat Rabbits

    by Rachel Koski3

  • 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.

    Raising Chickens in a 21st Century Eco-Village

    Raising Chickens in a 21st Century Eco-Village

    by Karen A Szklany12

  • Step-by-step instructions on raising Guinea keets to full-grown Guinea fowl. These essential tips include basic husbandry and advice on buying from hatcheries.

    Caring for Guinea Keets

    Caring for Guinea Keets

    by Charlotte Gerber0

  • Knowing how to properly winterize your chicken coop is important for keeping your flock healthy through the colder months of the year.

    How to Winterize a Chicken Coop

    How to Winterize a Chicken Coop

    by Helena Ricketts3

  • 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.

    Your First Pet Donkey

    Your First Pet Donkey

    by Jana Louise Smit0

  • A very easy-to-use chicken health troubleshooting chart. Chicken diseases and conditions are listed along with symptom, prevention, and treatment information.

    Chicken Diseases and Health Problems

    Chicken Diseases and Health Problems

    by India Arnold20

  • 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!

    Goats—Farm Animals That Make Great Pets!

    Goats—Farm Animals That Make Great Pets!

    by Lela12

  • If you're new to chickens picking out the right feed can be quite a challenge! Learn the differences so you can feed your flock only the very best!

    The Ins and Outs of Chicken Feed

    The Ins and Outs of Chicken Feed

    by Theophanes Avery2

  • The diet of your new pig is going to be very important to its quality of life. Pigs will eat nearly anything in their path and are always hungry, so take care when planning their diet.

    What to Feed Your Teacup Pig

    What to Feed Your Teacup Pig

    by TeacupPigTraining8

  • Ducks are foraging omnivores that love to eat things, especially snacks. With so many options, which foods make the best treats?

    Top 10 Natural Duck Snacks

    Top 10 Natural Duck Snacks

    by Drake Runner3

  • This is a comprehensive guide on the silkie chicken and includes information about its physical features, temperament, origins, and life cycle. I also explain how to breed, raise, and care for them.

    Silkie: A Comprehensive Guide on the Furry Chicken

    Silkie: A Comprehensive Guide on the Furry Chicken

    by Alisha Vargas38

  • Learn the truth about chickens. Can female chickens really turn into males? Are chickens really stupid? Are they really mean? What are chicken saddles and diapers? I'm here to tell you the truth.

    Chicken Rumors, Myths, and Facts

    Chicken Rumors, Myths, and Facts

    by Alisha Vargas19

  • 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.

    How to Introduce a New House Pig to Your Home

    How to Introduce a New House Pig to Your Home

    by Ellison Hartley4

  • 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!

    45 Chicken and Rooster Names

    45 Chicken and Rooster Names

    by Tatiana18

  • Finding a good set of backyard chicken house plans does not have to be time-consuming. Here, we will cover several solid chicken coop plans.

    Backyard Chicken Coop Plans

    Backyard Chicken Coop Plans

    by Hal Gall28

  • 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.

    Raising Light Brahma Chickens

    Raising Light Brahma Chickens

    by Cdejarnatt22

  • "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.

    How Much Hay Do My Animals Need for Winter?

    How Much Hay Do My Animals Need for Winter?

    by Rachel Koski2

  • 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.

    Common Chicken Predators in the U.S.

    Common Chicken Predators in the U.S.

    by L Holloway0

  • 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.

    The Best Chickens for the Backyard

    The Best Chickens for the Backyard

    by Cygnet Brown6

  • 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.

    How to Care for Sheep as Pets

    How to Care for Sheep as Pets

    by Rachel Koski19

  • 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.

    How to Build a Chick Brooder and Raise Happy Chicks

    How to Build a Chick Brooder and Raise Happy Chicks

    by Adrienne Janet Farricelli8

  • 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 Experience Having a Pet Duck

    My Experience Having a Pet Duck

    by XpectMore33

  • Great information for new backyard egg farmers, including my experience with raising Ameraucanas and Buff Orpingtons. A chart also shows you which chicken breeds will perform best in urban conditions.

    Chickens: Best Backyard Egg-Laying Hen Breeds

    Chickens: Best Backyard Egg-Laying Hen Breeds

    by India Arnold30

  • 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

    How to Raise and Care for Goats

    How to Raise and Care for Goats

    by sadie4235

  • 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.

    The Best Backyard Chicken Breeds

    The Best Backyard Chicken Breeds

    by Leah Lefler58

  • The Silver Laced Wyandotte chicken is one of the oldest American bred chickens. They are a popular breed for backyard flocks because of their beauty, temperament and egg laying abilities.

    The Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken

    The Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken

    by Helena Ricketts11

  • 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.

    How to House Chickens in Your Backyard

    How to House Chickens in Your Backyard

    by LongTimeMother30

  • 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.

    100+ Creative Names for Your Chicken

    100+ Creative Names for Your Chicken

    by Michelle Nguyen2

  • 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.

    Facts About the Furry Silkie Chicken

    Facts About the Furry Silkie Chicken

    by Cindy Murdoch35

  • 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.

    Breeding Ducks Like the Pros

    Breeding Ducks Like the Pros

    by Drake Runner1

  • 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.

    Miniature Pigs - Living on a Small Farm

    Miniature Pigs - Living on a Small Farm

    by LongTimeMother8

  • 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.

    How to Bottle-Feed Baby Goats

    How to Bottle-Feed Baby Goats

    by Ellison Hartley2

  • 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.

    10 Reasons Muscovy Ducks Make Great Pets

    10 Reasons Muscovy Ducks Make Great Pets

    by Dr Mark11

  • 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.

    The Best Way to Take Care of a Rejected Lamb

    The Best Way to Take Care of a Rejected Lamb

    by Titia Geertman94

  • 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.

    Raising Chickens (the Pet That Pays for Itself)

    Raising Chickens (the Pet That Pays for Itself)

    by John Hansen98

  • This article offers tips on how to utilize the natural instincts of a broody hen to incubate, hatch, and raise your chicks naturally.

    Broody Hens: The Ultimate Mothers

    Broody Hens: The Ultimate Mothers

    by L Holloway0

  • The basic considerations for building a pig pen 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 pig pen that is sturdy and well-suited for the specific animals that will be housed within.

    How to Build a Pigpen: Essential Elements of Hog Pens

    How to Build a Pigpen: Essential Elements of Hog Pens

    by Rebecca Mikulin49

  • 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!

    Naming Your Goat

    Naming Your Goat

    by Patti Downey23

  • 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.

    Ameraucana Chickens and Easter Egg Chickens

    Ameraucana Chickens and Easter Egg Chickens

    by Charlotte Gerber48

  • With so many breeds, it is difficult to choose the best one 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.

    The Best Ducks for Laying Eggs

    The Best Ducks for Laying Eggs

    by Drake Runner5

  • Crucial information that could save the life of a lamb that is cold, chilled, or has hypothermia. Hypoglycemia and starvation are addressed as well.

    Hypothermia in Lambs

    Hypothermia in Lambs

    by Rachel Koski13

  • Pekin ducks have been around for over 2000 years. These beautiful birds grow extremely fast and produce a lot of meat and eggs. These friendly majestic creatures often make great pets due to their unique personalities and social skills.

    Everything You Need to Know About Pekin Ducks

    Everything You Need to Know About Pekin Ducks

    by Drake Runner1

  • Includes suggestions about which duck breeds are most suitable for different purposes. Covers housing, feeding, stocking density, wing clipping and health of pet ducks.

    A Guide to Keeping Ducks as Pets

    A Guide to Keeping Ducks as Pets

    by Nettlemere15

  • 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.

    Do Pygmy Goats Make Good Pets?

    Do Pygmy Goats Make Good Pets?

    by Miss Donna61

  • 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.

    Information About Crested Polish Chickens

    Information About Crested Polish Chickens

    by Alisha Vargas4

  • 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.

    How to Raise Chickens From an Incubator

    How to Raise Chickens From an Incubator

    by Michelle Mollohan3

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