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Articles covering the domestic animals and wild animals.

Squirrels

Squirrels – The Plague of Southern Ohio in the Early 1800s

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When we think about the dangerous animals faced by our pioneer ancestors, what comes to mind? Probably we would imagine wolves, bears, panthers, and poisonous reptiles. Few would consider the lowly squirrel! But for...
Raising Chickens

An Essential Guide to Chicken Health for The Small Scale Chicken Keeper

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It is becoming increasingly more popular to keep chickens in your back garden. In addition to the benefits derived from having delicious, free-range eggs easily available for your kitchen, you can enjoy the benefits...
Rabbit Farming

An Introduction to Rabbit Farming

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Rabbit farming is becoming popular all over the world, especially in third world countries as rabbit is being recognized as a new source of low cost protein, with minimal set up and minimal maintenance...
Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens in Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

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How Does the Climate Affect Backyard Fowl? Although chickens seem like fragile creatures, they possess certain characteristics that allow them to survive through many different weather climates. While some chickens can withstand winter, others thrive in...
Raising Chickens

Chickens in Your Backyard for Fun or Profit

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A small flock of chickens can become a great living compost pile. And with new understandings of the superiority of grass-fed organic animal products, including higher Omega-3 fatty acids coming from the eggs of...
Raising Chickens

Favorite Rare Breed Chickens

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Humans have bred chicken breeds for thousands of years from wild jungle fowl. Today, there are an estimated 350 combinations of physical features for chickens. Here is a sampler of colorful breeds considered rare...
Deer Farming

Deer Species Used in Deer Farming

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Deer farming traces its roots to northern Europe where native people have been tending reindeer herds for centuries.
Farming & Ranching

The Surprising Benefits of Cattle Farming and Ranching

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Although sometimes challenged, cattle farming and ranching plays an important role in preserving biodiversity and the habitats of local wildlife, while also supporting healthy soil. Just as the bison kept grasslands healthy and viable...
Raising Chickens

Selecting a Breed of Chicken

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They're Not Just Chickens Chickens come in all shapes, color, sizes... and purposes. Did you know that selecting the type of chicken to raise in your backyard depends on what you want to get from...
Raising Deer

North American Deer Species

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North America is home to many species of deer (Cervidae). While you may know some, chances are you don't know all of them. Here, we'll take a look at the different North American deer...
Raising Chickens

Egg Laying – Why a Chicken won’t Lay Eggs

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It is always concerning when our hens suddenly stop laying. The first sign of a problem for your girls is when they stop laying eggs. When chickens are lacking something they require egg production...
Rabbits in The Garden

Rabbits Running Rampant in Your Backyard? Smart Tips to Keep Them at Bay

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You may never see them. They sneak in silently once the sun goes down. They ravage your delicate garden and stunning landscape. If you do happen to catch a glimpse, they'll run fast as...
Raising Chickens

The Best Nutrition for Your Backyard Chickens

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Raising backyard chickens has been a growing trend in the United States over the past several years. Consumers crave choice in their family’s diet, which often includes food they have grown or raised themselves....
Raising Chickens

How Much Do Chickens Eat?

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Chickens are delightful creatures, well worth investing in as pets, but owning them should be thought of as a long term commitment.
Raising Sheep

Visual Appraisal Checklist for Sheep Breeding

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Sheep breeding starts with good genes and focused care. Whether you are planning to buy, sell, or choose sheep from your existing flock, it is important to know what a veteran sheep breeder is...