Home /Animal Care /Pecking and Cannibalism in ChickensPhoto by Rachael BruggerDark scars on wattles and combs are signs that a chicken has been pecked.Chickens naturally love to peck everything. Unfortunately, that includes each other. Chickens will often peck at each other until blood is drawn. This can lead to cannibalism, where chickens peck intentionally to draw blood from other chickens.
Home /Animal Care /LlamasPHOTO: Johann & 34;nojhan& 34; Dréo/Wikimedia CommonsUse: Llamas are widely used as guardian animals; fleece producers (llama fiber averages 20 to 30 microns in diameter, compared to alpaca fiber’s 15 to 30 microns); show, pack, and cart animals; as animal-assisted therapy workers, and as pets.
PHOTO: iStock/ThinkstockWater is an essential part of your livestock’s diet. It doesn’t often get thought of or labeled as a nutrient, but it most certainly is. Water can play a role in your animals micronutrient intake if it has a high mineral content, but as necessary as it is, it can cause problems if not clean.
Home /Urban Farming / Container Gardening /Mildew-resistant Phlox and Container Artichokes … Who Knew?Photo by Jessica WalliserI can’t wait to experiment with growing artichokes in containers!I spoke a few weeks ago to a Master Gardeners group in Lancaster County, Pa., about gardening in the shade. While I was there, I got to hear the other speakers give presentations, as well.
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Home /News & Trending /Thin Cows Equal Poor Beef ProductionFor cows to calve efficiently, farmers need to make sure they maintain the proper weight.Watching weight has a whole new meaning when it comes to efficient cattle production. According to beef specialist Ron Lemenager at the Purdue University Cooperative Extension, thin cows can be economically devastating as farmers head into spring calving season.
PHOTO: Jessica WalliserPoinsettias are among the most popular holiday plants, but they’re often treated as a “throw-away” plant. Unfortunately, as soon as the New Year arrives, most of them make their way to the garbage dump or compost pile. Rather than disposing of these lovely plants, they should be grown as a house-and-garden plant all year long.
Home /Animal Care /Poison Ivy: Facts About How It Affects Humans & AnimalsPHOTO: PixabayHave you ever had poison ivy? I don’t mean the plant, I mean the itchy rash and blisters. I have not—but I’m a goat. Most animals don’t have the icky reaction to poison ivy, and to goats, poison ivy is just a tasty weed.
Home /Recipes / Condiment Recipes /Roasted Maple Tomato KetchupCourtesy iStockphoto/ThinkstockThis ketchup recipe makes the perfect complement to our Smoky Hand-cut Baked Fries.Yield: 2 cupsIngredients2 pounds sauce tomatoes (such as San Marzano or Roma)*2 cloves garlic, peeled1/2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 tsp.
Home /Recipes / Condiment Recipes /Seasoned Salt for GameIf you like making your own seasoning mixtures, buy a second coffee grinder and use it just for spices.Ingredients1/4 cup table salt2 T. ground black pepper1 tsp. paprika1 tsp. dried red pepper flakes1 tsp. dried minced garlic1 tsp. dried minced onion1/2 tsp.
Home /News & Trending /Medflies Infest Florida FruitCourtesy USDA/ Scott BauerThe Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services began an eradication program in June to target the Mediterranean fruit fly, a global pest known for infesting citrus fruit trees.The Mediterranean fruit fly is making another appearance in the U.
PHOTO: Jessica WalliserOn a summer garden tour a few years ago, I saw a lovely collection of stone-covered birdhouses in one of the locations. I promised myself that when that autumn arrived, I would try my hand at making one. As it turns out, making stone-covered birdhouses is addicting. They’re so cute and easy to make that when you finish one, you’ll want to experiment with different forms, rock colors and roof designs just to see how creative you can be.