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Nest Box Herbs: Are they worth the hype?

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Nest Box Herbs: Are they worth the hype?

Nest box herbs. These beautiful blends of brightly colored herbs look gorgeous and promise for “more relaxed hens” and to “support broody hens”, with claims of pest control, worming and increased egg production. But are they really worth the hype or are they a modern day snake oil? You might be surprised. It is becoming more common to find aromatherapy and essential oils in our everyday life. However humans are not the only ones that seek out herbs for their health benefits. Numerous articles in scientific journals have noted the use of medicinal herbs by various birds throughout the world....

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Farm Friendly Rodent Control

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Farm Friendly Rodent Control

Whether you are a backyard gardener in the city or a homesteader in the mountains, we all have a common enemy- mice and rats. All that we enjoy and the fruits of our labor are readily snatched away by these tiny monsters. Fortunately there are several remedies available. Why are there are so many? Because we have given them everything they need! Bee hives are a warm place to stay in the winter, and they are a source of food (honey). Chicken coops offer water, shelter, bedding (straw, pine shavings, etc), and food (chicken feed/scratch). Quail spill feed from their pens...

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Forage: What You Should Be Feeding Your Flock For Healthier Eggs

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Forage: What You Should Be Feeding Your Flock For Healthier Eggs

For those that have chickens, it is just a matter of time before you start to wonder if your precious hens are getting the nutrients they need. You go to the store and buy them a bag of feed, maybe some scratch, and call it a day. Keep the feeder full and throw out garden scraps and scratch, maybe a little free range time. That’s all they need, right? Although they can survive off this diet alone, it is certainly lacking. If you are like us, nothing makes you happier than free ranging the chickens. Watching them scratch and peck. Chuckle...

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Cheap Whimsy- Solar Fountain

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Cheap Whimsy- Solar Fountain

When was the last time $15 made you REALLY happy, on a daily basis, and helped you save electricity? Probably close to never. But I'm here to fix that.  Check out this solar powered fountain we made. It has been running on the back patio for two years now, and I find it just delightful. Here's how you can make one of your own: What you'll need: -Solar Pump -Fountain container (with or without hole in the bottom) -Decorative rock from the Dollar Store -Silicon (optional, only needed if your container has a hole, i.e. a planter) -Tubing (optional) How you'll...

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