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Scratch and Peck Feed

Blog: Scratch and Peck Organic Feed   -   Friday April 04, 2014   -   By Mama

        Scratch and Peck Non Gmo Organic Feed now available to our high desert community.  For more information please visit our site and take a peak.  We are also offering extra feed here below!   We have 3...

Good Old Grow It Yourself

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Tuesday May 14, 2013   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Sometimes, life can throw you lemons—a faulty spark plug, a light bulb that burns out in a week, or a new flashlight that continually falls apart.  But when the agribusiness food system creates problems that sting your farm at a basic level, it’s time...

Chicken and Turkey Season in Full Motion

Blog: Moonstruck Farms   -   Monday April 22, 2013   -   By Rowena

Our organic chicken and turkey season is in full motion now at Moonstruck Farms with chicken available in just a few short weeks again and Summer turkeys in July (10-12 pounds) and holiday turkey waiting list soon to begin (20-28 lbs).  We will be ending...

Caring for Baby Chicks

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Wednesday April 10, 2013   -   By Katie

Chickens may be “easy to care for” but baby chicks are fragile. Follow these tips to give you little peeps the best chance at a healthy adult life. Before the Chicks Arrive – Brooder Setup Baby chicks need a warm, safe, clean place to live during...

Chicken Week (Psst! We Have Chickens!)

Blog: Arcadia Farms   -   Monday April 08, 2013   -   By Katie

Guess what? We have chickens! We are the proud owners of six ISA Red egg-laying hens who are six weeks old as of today! If all goes well, they’ll be supplying us with fresh, brown eggs by the end of the summer. We selected ISA Reds because they...

It must be Easter! Chicks are Herel

Blog: Maple Heights Farm   -   Tuesday March 12, 2013   -   By Kerrie and Andy

It is that time of year when the early morning call wakes us.  "You have a package that has just arrived, come get them, NOW".  It seems the company of 175 day old chicks is even company to our busy postal workers.  And there is...

Hog Farmers and Pork Lovers - Hang On!

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Thursday September 27, 2012   -   By David

The writing is on the wall. Meat prices in general will be trending up with pork and chicken leading the way. The drought across the corn belt has raised grain prices to the point many farmers are unable to stay in business. I recently saw an article on...

Grain Prices - Will They Effect You?

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Monday August 13, 2012   -   By David

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or just don’t pay attention to the media, you  know much of the United States is suffering from a drought. The experts say this dry weather rivals any we have had in at least fifty years. There will be far...

Monthly Shopping trip to the feed co-op

Blog: Four Country Gals   -   Friday March 02, 2012   -   By Shari

Wisest decision we've made this year is to join our local IFA co-op. We buy enough feed and supplies there to qualify for the annual dividend paid to co-op members at the end of the year. We always comparative shop with Premier1 (on line), Cal Ranch (another...

Eat local and eat Fresh.

Blog: Fluffy Butt Farms   -   Monday February 27, 2012   -   By Yvette & Rick

Fluffy Butt Farms We raise Heritage large breed chickens. AKA Our Fluffy Butt Hens. We raise Austrialorp & Orpington Hens. These are large breed chickens. They are grain feed and cage free, vegetarian diet. Some of the folks that love our...

Save Your Own Seed - Grow Open Pollinated Corn

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Saturday October 08, 2011   -   By David

Reducing off the farm inputs can be accomplished in many different ways. One of the ways we are expanding on this is by growing open pollinated corn. I blogged here about the small pasture we were running pigs on to take off the grass, root up the soil...

Bamboo as a hay crop

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Thursday March 31, 2011   -   By Mary

Bamboo is a grass and where the farmer has enough water to irrigate other hay crops (such as rye or alfalfa), they ought to consider this hay instead.   D. G. Sturkie, Professor Emeritus of Agronomy and Soils, V.L. Brown, Superintendent,...

Sunflowers as animal feed

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Monday March 21, 2011   -   By Mary

Sunflowers make excellent animal feed, requiring no irrigation and providing both grain and forage.   According to Dairy Specialist Alvaro Garcia of the South Dakota State University Extension ( http://pubstorage.sdstate.edu/AgBio_Publica...

Poison-Free Poultry: Why Arsenic Doesn't Belong in...

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Monday January 17, 2011   -   By David

Snow Bird! I have been talking about how unhealthy chicken is from the conventional store forever it seems like. Just in case your not convinced, here is yet another report on just how bad it is. Spring Hill Farms pastured poultry is not fed roxarsone...

Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?

Blog: Rainbow Ranch Farms   -   Saturday December 25, 2010   -   By Poly

Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?   C hickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?   For the full article please click on the link below   by Ireland-or-bust » Thu...

What's in your Chicken?

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Wednesday December 15, 2010   -   By David

  In my opinion one of the worst meats you can buy in the grocery these days is chicken. It is one of the most adulterated meats in the store!  Laced with residues and other products deliberately added to enhance flavor, you would greatly enhance...

What to feed pet chickens

Blog: Fertile Chicken Eggs | Chicken Egg Incubators   -   Friday October 08, 2010   -   By Suzie OConnor

Many are reaping the benefits of keeping chickens for pets. Fresh eggs daily, pests kept to a minimum, and the fact that chickens are naturally social creatures that, once warmed up, enjoy the company of their human masters. But what most are having trouble...

No Nitrates, No Nitrite, No MSG in our Smoked Saus...

Blog: Prairie Pride Farm of Minnesota   -   Monday March 01, 2010   -   By Dawn, past 4-H member

During these cold Minnesota days we have lots of time to be creative and find solutions to the delima of poor tasting uncured smoked products out there in the market place.  Everyday we try really hard to create the perfect "pork chop"...

We are finally making our own feed.

Blog: Twin Creeks Farms- Wesley Stephens and Bethany Stephens   -   Sunday February 28, 2010   -   By Wesley and Bethany

After struggling to find feed that is free of animal by products locally, we have started to make our own. We have a hammer mill that was purchased by my great-grandfather in the early 50's but was idle for close to 50 years. We were able to get it in tip-top...

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