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July 1, 2009
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Suzanne McMinn
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Got a favorite farming or animal-related link you want to share?  Post it here.

Clover made me do it.

November 11, 2009
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An "eggscellent" Chicken breed chart!

http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

Located in N.E. Ohio

December 30, 2009
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Runningtrails - Sheryl
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Absolutely fabulous read about roosters and how to handle them and train them. a MUST read for anyone with a rooster:

http://shilala.homestead.com/roosters.html

Velvet Sparrow's chicken information page answers most questions about chickens, roosters, and such. She has beta roosters and explains how to train the aggresiveness towards yourself out of your own roosters. I don't know if she has any information about protecting beta roosters, I just know that she has some. It here:
http://jackshenhouse.com/

Its not a commercial site. Well worth a read for anyone that has chickens. Lots of information and she's a very nice person. You can email her directly from her site, too.

Sheryl - sherylgallant.blogspot.com - providence-acres.blogspot.com

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."  - 1 Thes. 4:11

December 30, 2009
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As an addition to Sheryl's links, which both are good but I ESPECIALLY love the shilala one!  Keeping roosters is often a huge mystery to new chicken keepers.  I somehow got lucky by observing my elders and learned without knowing it as a kid, but new chicken folks are really frustrated by roosters. That article says things that I've tried to explain much more clearly than I could hope to do.

Anyway, I saw this link about chicken and egg developement etc,  Chicken Egg Developement  via the second link that sheryl posted, and thought of the many home schoolers here.  Chickens eggs hatch out in a short enough time that kids can much more easily follow their developement, which is why so many regular school classes wind up with peeps around easter!

Located in N.E. Ohio

December 30, 2009
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Valerie
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I found this link the other day while surfing for deer cams. (We are trying to get a donkey cam set up). It's a couple outside Boston who have a big yard, some chickens, 2 goats and a bunny. They have a cam inside the hen house, one outside, and one in the goat house that pans around to outside. Read some of her writings and see her video. She has had to do some vet type care of her chickens, and to me it's fascinating reading (I've never owned a chicken).

Another great thing about this blogger is she has written some cookbooks and a children's book where her chicken talks. IIRC, some of us have got on Suzanne's back to do just these same things!

Here's the link… http://www.hencam.com

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." – Groucho Marx

January 16, 2010
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A friend sent me this… it really does seem like a good idea for our pets, whether we need to actually get the seeds from here or not is a question that needn't really be asked!  Laugh Smiley Puppy Smile Pink Rabbit Turtle     http://www.sproutpeople.com/se.....itter.html

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March 31, 2010
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Angela P
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I have 2 roosters here, not intentionally. Edgar our newest rooster was suppose to be a hen! We have an agreement that Edgar can stay "if" he behaves. We have lots of little people visitors. Well one day he got me, only  once! Grrr Roosters are protectors, they  see us with our clunky pails, squeaky boots, singling along as we do our chores as a threat.  Have you ever just watched your flock to see them all interacting? Its amazing. I will always have a rooster! Hopefully a nice one, after trying this experiment.

 I had read online that if you have an aggressive rooster to pick them up and hold them, not tight, just until they settle down, then let them go. If they come at you again, do this process over. Well  we did this about 3 times...no more rude rooster. Edgar is a big, beautiful boy. I think he is a Rhode Island Red...I say, I say...LOL!Chicken

 Now about the duck....Boris always pecks at me, I think he wants to be held  and carried around all the time. So far it has not worked with the duck!

Best wishes to you and your Rooster!Wave

April 6, 2010
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Miss Judy
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I just happened to remember ( I do recall things once in a while) http://www.feathersite.com has a few pics of different breeds of baby chicks.

 

 

 

Mod edit:  copied this over here for future reference!

August 3, 2010
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BuckeyeGirl
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This is a link to a good article (in my opinion at least) about keeping chickens, and the fact that they are both fun, educational, sometimes profitable, and sometimes heartbreaking to have.  They are both shorter lived than most of our other animals, and in general, more susceptable to predation and health risks. 

It's very hard to justify a big vet bill (actually impossible for me) for a hen that as a chick cost maybe $.99 and a few bags of feed IF you can even find a vet who will treat them!  (a very difficult prospect I assure you!)  I was raised to treat them as livestock, but I never quite got that perfectly.  Yes, I do to a point, but there's a lot of affection in me for them too.

Luckily, you can treat many, many injuries and illnesses yourself, with a minimum of medicines and a few good books and references.  They often respond well to good care which I've always tried to provide along with excellent day to day feed water and housing.

Anyway I know I need to cut to the chase here!  I'm a blabbermouth aren't I?  laugh  So I just wanted to share this article with you all!

http://www.poultrypress.com/articles/article23.html

Located in N.E. Ohio

August 5, 2010
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KentuckyFarmGirl
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My "GO TO" site for all things goat.  These people really seem to know their stuff and if you can't find it on their site they are more than willing to answer emails and help out.

 

Fias Co Farms

Living, learning and loving on our little farm in Kentucky! 

Soapmaking for Beginners and My Country Blog of This and That

September 4, 2010
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BuckeyeGirl
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To find rules for your town or locale about chickens, goats or other small animals, in MOST cases on this site, the best thing is to find your state, then by go to either the Municipal codes, Local ordinances, City codes… there’s a few other names different states use.  It’s fairly confusing, but if you have a nice cup of tea and some time, you can usually weave your way through the maze. 

If you PM me, I can maybe help a little to find things, but you ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT use what you find here as the final answer!!!!  You have to look locally, print out or take notes on what you find here and go to the court house or city office and ask to see their copy of the same documents, because there’s no way to be sure that everything here is totally up to date or that every town and city is even listed.

My cousin thought it was illegal because he called city hall and someone told him chickens were illegal, but later found out that whoever answered the phone just said that because she assumed it was so, not because she had any actual knowledge!  It was just some minimum wage phone person who said it, not anyone who had a clue.  The town they live in have no rules preventing him from having chickens, he talked to his closest neighbors, they all thought it was fine, and hey, fresh eggs!!

http://www.whpgs.org/f.htm

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November 18, 2010
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Angela P
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sunRegarding Top Bar Hives. A few links I have found worthwhile. Hope you do too. Some are repeats...sorry. I didnt know about the links section...Ooopppsss....help

http://www.backyardbeehive.com interview with Corwin Bell.

http://www.beemaster.com  ongoing blog regarding tbh

 

http://www.beethinking.com the bee-est!

April 24, 2011
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No problem or "oops" at all Angela!

Here's a good link that talks about candling eggs if you're trying to hatch them.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=230  There's probably others out there on Google too!

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December 7, 2011
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I found an interesting link to a small hatchery/breeding farm that sells chicks and eggs.  I'm also going to include a few other hatcheries here in this post and will edit with more as I find them or people tell me about them. 

Info about rare breeds ~ ~  http://albc-usa.org/cpl/wtchlist.html#chickens

Small farm, purportedly breeder quality, rare breeds ~ ~  http://chickenscratchpoultry.com/home  (no personal experience - many types of other fowl too - they have a good reputation though)

Only bought guinea keets from this company ~ ~ http://southernfarmhatchery.com/index.php  (good experience with them and the keets were great)

Located in N.E. Ohio

January 27, 2012
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Window On The Prairie
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Here's a link about raising beef cattle, from calving to selling at the cattle sale. Click HERE. moo

March 27, 2012
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Well, this isn't a link exactly, more of a notice with a link, but I thought I'd post it here anyway since there's lots of folks here from the OH, WV, KY PA IN area, and Mt Hope is sort of accessible to most of them.  I should say that I have some serious reservations about truly exotic animals being in the hands of the average people, but they've got some pretty 'normal' animals at this too, llamas, pea fowl, geese, ducks, swans etc.  So... here ya go.

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March 27, 2012
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Most of the universities have agricultural programs and as such are one of the best sources for information.

http://porcine.unl.edu/porcine2005/pages/index.jsp?what=subprimal&hs=Ham

This one is a good example of the detail available.

And this is a good one for chickens from the university of Texas at Austin.

http://digimorph.org/specimens/Gallus_gallus/day17/

March 31, 2012
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That Henderson's Breed Chart was instrumental in our choosing the breed of chickens we would raise. Did you take a look at those Black Australorps?  Now those are some chickens. They are not listed as prolific layers like the Leghorns, but they out-lay any other breed we have tried. And then...the extra cockerels...they make great stewing birds. Matter-of-fact, we put 15 of them into the freezer last year. The Rhode Island Red cockerels dressed out easier in that they had lighter pin feathers, but they were not as large as the Black Australorp cockerels.

This year we're raising Delawares, Barred Rocks and Black Australorps. So far I have raised 12 dozen Delawares and sold them just before laying. I sold the pullets for $9 and the cockerels for $5. I made enough money to purchase seven new goat kids: 5 Saanen doe kids and two new herd sires, a Nubian and an Alpine. (The Saanen herd sire will be weaned in two weeks and then we'll go for him.)

April 17, 2013
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For all things rabbit.....

American Rabbit Breeders Association: https://www.arba.net/index.htm

 

Photos of 47 breeds and links to every national breed club's websites (click on photos):   https://www.arba.net/breeds.htm

 

Find processors who will buy your rabbits (U.S.A. and Canada):  https://www.arba.net/processors.htm

 

I learned "hands on" how to process rabbits for our own table and have done it for about 6 years now.  I can tell you there are many good, FREE videos on YouTube where you can learn but for those who have never killed an animal before or just have lots of questions this one is worth the money for how thorough it is.

"Humane Rabbit Slaughter for Home Use" by Rabbit Industry Council: http://www.battats.com/video/

 

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The chart has been moved to this site: http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/

The pdf is here: http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/hendersonschickenchart.pdf 

It's 28 pages long!

 

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