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Should Chickens Eat More Corn?
Should Chickens Eat More Corn?

PHOTO: Neill Conway/FlickrIs there any way to get hens to eat more corn? They don’t seem to be eating much of it out of the feed I’m giving them, and the eggs yolks are fairly pale and look anemic.Corn is a treasure and a nuisance. It’s a cheap and easy way to add a big punch of immediate energy (carbohydrates) to food products and animal feeds.

Tornado Time!
Tornado Time!

Home /Animal Care /Tornado Time!Photo by Sue WeaverYou can see the pin for our Port-a-Hut. Thank goodness we won’t blow away!The past few weeks have been scary for me and Uzzi. But our Port-a-Hut is firmly pinned to the ground so we’re safe.That is, unless a tornado roars through. There was one just north of us a few nights ago.

The Danger In Heating The Chicken Coop
The Danger In Heating The Chicken Coop

PHOTO: Heather/FlickrWe all worry about our chickens on the coldest days of winter, but those days aren’t here yet. In the last week or so, I’ve read some disturbing things from novice chicken keepers about how they’re dealing with cold fall weather, and they’re fretting over how much more they’ll have to do in January.

Organic Pest Management
Organic Pest Management

PHOTO: Jason Means/FlickrAttracting beneficial insects, like praying mantises, are a natural way to keep pest insects at bay.Concern over toxic pesticides’ affect on soil and human health is a top reason city gardeners consider organic methods of pest management. Organic pest management not only eschews synthetic pesticides, but controls pests naturally.

How to Bake a Melon-Ginger Sponge Cake
How to Bake a Melon-Ginger Sponge Cake

1I just love baking. I had this melon and it was getting a bit melancholy so I decided to do some thing with it. I often bake sponge cake with apples so why not try melancholy melon?2Whip your eggs with sugar. Blitz melon and a piece of ginger. Mix into the eggs, add flour and baking powder. Stir together.

Soay Sheep
Soay Sheep

The history of Soay Sheep is where to begin learning more about the small, primitive sheep.Thousands of years ago, Neolithic man settled the isolated four-island archipelago we now call St. Kilda, located 41 miles off the west coast of Scotland.He brought with him semi-wild sheep much like the Mediterranean mouflons from which sheep were first domesticated.

9 Tips to Help Your Livestock Beat the Summer Heat
9 Tips to Help Your Livestock Beat the Summer Heat

It might sound trite, but by this time of year the heat is on for most regions in the U.S., and our farm animals feel it, too. Dehydration, heat stress and heatstroke are challenges that many farmers face as temperatures increase. Here are some tips to keep your animals cool during summer heat.1. Provide ShadeThis might seem obvious, but think how many pastures are just fields of grass with not a single tree in sight.

The Mushrooms Are Mushing!
The Mushrooms Are Mushing!

PHOTO: Cyn CadyYesterday, I wandered past my inoculated mushroom log—the log I had optimistically inoculated with lion’s mane mushroom plug spawn, the log I had selected carefully by hand, the log I had given up on weeks ago—and did a major double take.It’s fruiting! It actually worked!I wanted to sing!

How to Make Dried Apricot Jam in 15 Minutes
How to Make Dried Apricot Jam in 15 Minutes

1Chop your dried apricots coarsely2Add the water and boil for 5-7 minutes3Wile the apricots are boiling sterilise your machine washed jars with alcohol4The apricots have now boiled for 6 minutes and if you like chunks only blitz half if you like it smooth blitz it all.5Add blitz to non blitz. Add lemon juice, and bring to the boil.

How to Start Seeds Indoors
How to Start Seeds Indoors

PHOTO: iStockphoto/ThinkstockYou’ve browsed the catalogs and now have a stack of seed packets. In the weeks while you’re waiting for the weather to warm, you can get a jumpstart on your garden by starting seeds indoors. Use this step-by-step guide to set up a seed-starting space and successfully grow transplants that will outshine the local nursery.

How to Build Lego Field
How to Build Lego Field

1Place the four green pieces2Start at the corner and go from the smallest white piece to the biggest.3Take one grey 2x8 piece and place it 1 across the line and 3 in from the edge.4Take one black piece and place it inside the grey piece.5Place the other two grey pieces as shown in video.6Place the three tan triangles on the outside corners of the grey pieces.

Red Wattle Hogs
Red Wattle Hogs

Home /Animal Care /Red Wattle HogsPHOTO: Mark Whitby/Wikimedia CommonsUse: Red Wattles produce a fine, lean meat, initially prized by the French for its excellent flavor. They tend to grow muscle first and put on fat after reaching 300 pounds; butcher weight of 280 to 300 pounds can be achieved in about seven months.