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A close up view of a moderate case of bumblefoot in a chicken
Raise Chickens

Bumblefoot in Chickens – Treatment, Causes & Prevention.

If you have chickens, then the chances are good that you’ll have to deal with bumblefoot at some point. Bumblefoot is a common staph infection that can develop after a simple cut to their foot pad. If left untreated, this can become an abscess that requires surgery, so early intervention is essential. We’ve successfully treated

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Fermented Turnips or Sauerruben freshly made in a jar on the counter with a turnip next to it.
Preserve Your Harvest

Fermented Turnips Recipe (Sauerruben)

Fermented turnips (sauerruben) are super easy to make and have many health benefits! They are teaming with gut-loving probiotics, plus turnips are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and have powerful detoxification and cancer-fighting properties. Unfortunately, turnips are often forgotten about and overshadowed by the popular fermented cabbage (sauerkraut). However, turnips are easier to grow than

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A salatin-style chicken tractor set up with removable no-dig skirts that are weighed down with bricks
DIY

How to Make a Predator Proof Chicken Tractor

Providing a predator proof chicken tractor is essential when raising pasture-raised broilers. They are slow, not very smart and a tasty treat to just about any predator out there.  The challenge with pastured poultry operations is that the typical chicken tractor designs tend to be weak and lightweight because they need to move to fresh

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Hands holding some compost
Gardening

The Best Compost for Your Vegetable Garden

Providing high-quality, nutrient-dense compost is essential for maintaining a healthy and high-producing vegetable garden. There are a lot of different methods and ideas around what is the very best compost for the vegetable garden. How do you know what’s best? In this article, we’ll cover what components make the best compost, the 4 best bagged

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Holding a fairy egg between 3 fingers in front of a wooden table
Raise Chickens

Fairy Eggs: My Chicken Laid What!?

Have you found a miniature egg in your hens’ laying box? Don’t panic! These are called fairy eggs and can happen for many different reasons. Most of the time, they are nothing to worry about and are just a fun surprise from time-to-time. In this article we’ll discuss what fairy eggs are exactly, how they

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4 soil pH testers inserted into the soil of a raised bed
Gardening

The 5 Best Soil pH Testers in 2022

Are your garden plants stunted and not growing well? There’s a good chance your soil pH is off! Using the best soil pH tester on the market will ensure that you grow your best garden yet! Many people skip this step, so make sure that you aren’t making this common mistake. Soil pH testers are

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