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  • 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

  • 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 XpectMore35

  • 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

  • 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 Nguyen3

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Best Ducks for Laying Eggs

    The Best Ducks for Laying Eggs

    by Drake Runner5

  • 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.

    How to Breed Ducks Like the Pros

    How to Breed Ducks Like the Pros

    by Drake Runner1

  • 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.

    How to Build a Movable Chicken Coop or Tractor

    How to Build a Movable Chicken Coop or Tractor

    by David14

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    20 Chicken Rumors, Myths, and Facts

    20 Chicken Rumors, Myths, and Facts

    by Alisha Vargas19

  • 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

  • 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.

    The Pros and Cons of Bottle-Feeding a Baby Goat

    The Pros and Cons of Bottle-Feeding a Baby Goat

    by Ellison Hartley2

  • The diet of your new teacup pig is extremely 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 TeacupPigTraining7

  • 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 Runner3

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Are pigs dirty? Do they smell bad? Are they difficult to take care of? Learn more myths and facts about raising pigs.

    5 Common Myths About Raising Pigs

    5 Common Myths About Raising Pigs

    by Cholee Clay13

  • 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.

    The Best Urban Backyard Egg-Laying Hen Breeds

    The Best Urban Backyard Egg-Laying Hen Breeds

    by India Arnold30

  • 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.

    First Aid: How to Care for an Injured Chicken

    First Aid: How to Care for an Injured Chicken

    by Kristen Haynie1

  • 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 Are Farm Animals That Make Great Pets!

    Goats Are Farm Animals That Make Great Pets!

    by Lela13

  • 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 sadie4236

  • 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

  • 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.

    Why Donkeys Make Excellent Pets

    Why Donkeys Make Excellent Pets

    by justmesuzanne16

  • 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.

    Living With Miniature Pigs on Our Small Farm

    Living With Miniature Pigs on Our Small Farm

    by LongTimeMother8

  • 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 in an Incubator

    How to Raise Chickens in an Incubator

    by Michelle Mollohan3

  • 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.

    Preparing Your Coop for Severe Weather

    Preparing Your Coop for Severe Weather

    by L Holloway0

  • 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.

    12 Most Common Chicken Predators in the U.S.

    12 Most Common Chicken Predators in the U.S.

    by L Holloway0

  • 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

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

    How to Raise and Care for Guinea Keets

    How to Raise and Care for Guinea Keets

    by Charlotte Gerber0

  • 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 Koski20

  • 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.

    Silkie: A Comprehensive Guide to the Furry Chicken

    Silkie: A Comprehensive Guide to the Furry Chicken

    by Alisha Vargas40

  • 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!

    The Best Names for Your Pet Goat

    The Best Names for Your Pet Goat

    by Patti Downey24

  • 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

  • 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.

    A Guide to Keeping Chickens in Confinement

    A Guide to Keeping Chickens in Confinement

    by L Holloway0

  • 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 Runner3

  • 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 Koski14

  • 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.

    Guide to Backyard Chicken Diseases

    Guide to Backyard Chicken Diseases

    by Hal Gall12

  • 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.

    How to Build a Pigpen: Essential Elements of Hog Pens

    How to Build a Pigpen: Essential Elements of Hog Pens

    by Rebecca Mikulin51

  • 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

  • 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.

    How to Care for Your First Pet Donkey

    How to Care for Your First Pet Donkey

    by Jana Louise Smit0

  • 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!

    12 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Donkeys

    12 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Donkeys

    by Marcy J. Miller9

  • 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

  • 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 Murdoch36

  • 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

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