4 Tips for Keeping Your Rabbit Healthy

Though rabbits require some special care, they are well worth the extra effort, whether they’re a pet, 4-H project, or a working animal. It’s crucial to feed them correctly and to be aware of their unique problems so you can get treatment quickly. 1. MAINTAIN...

6 Must-Haves for Preparing Your Chicken Coop

Before you start your flock, you must have a safe, accommodating place for them to live. Roosts, nests, adequate space, predator protection, a comfortable henhouse — these are all important to raise healthy, productive chickens.   1. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION...

3 Steps to Prep for Baby Chicks this Spring

If you’ve decided to join in on the joys of backyard chicken farming, and are excited to raise your birds from day-old chicks, congratulations! You’re in for a happy, fulfilling adventure. But before those tiny puffballs arrive, it’s crucial to be prepared so they’ll...

Keep Your Livestock Watered

It doesn’t matter whether outside temperatures are freezing or sweltering, livestock must have adequate fresh water to stay healthy. In fact, their health – and life – depend on it. Without sufficient water, feed can’t move through the animal’s digestive tract, which...

Controlling Ammonia in the Barn

That noxious smell of ammonia in your livestock barn is more than just an assault to the nose; it’s a health risk to your animal – and to you, as well. Even low levels of ammonia can cause upper respiratory tract problems for livestock, putting them at risk for...

Protect your cattle from hypothermia and frostbite

  Cattle generally can handle extreme winter temperatures, but certain conditions can put them in danger of hypothermia and frostbite. Wet, windy weather and inadequate forage can make cattle vulnerable to cold stress when temperatures plunge. Here’s why: A thick...

9 Reasons to Have Backyard Chickens

The trend toward raising backyard chickens has grown quickly over the past few years. Here are some reasons why… People want to become more self-sufficient and take part in the local-eating movement. A handful of egg-laying hens allows you to participate without...

4 Tips to Winterize Your Barn

Help your livestock stay comfortable inside from harsh weather outside by winterizing your barn. A preparedness checklist to create a weathertight shelter should include… 1. General Maintenance Fix holes, repair loose rafters, make sure the doors are working...

Control Internal Parasites in Your Chickens

Chances are pretty good your chickens have intestinal parasites, but it’s nothing to fret about — if you keep them in check. Whether your chickens are confined or are free-range, they get parasites simply by doing what chickens do — pecking at the ground in search of...

Essential Oils: Helping Your Animals Stay Healthy

Using essential oils for health and wellness may seem to be the latest trend, but it’s hardly new. Since ancient times, essential oils have been used for their beneficial effects on humans and animals, according to the study, “Essential Oils as Feed Additives – Future...