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Sheep Giving Birth: Tips for Successful Lambing
April 2, 2020 · · Sheep

Over the past 12 lambing seasons, the main thing the sheep giving birth has taught me is that every season will bring a new lesson. I’ll never forget meeting a seasoned shepherd with 50 years of lambing behind him who told me that he still learns something new every year. Read More

Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
April 1, 2020 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites The Hampshire pig is recognized easily by the wide white belt that continues down the front legs on a black hog. The Hampshire pig is the fourth … Read More

Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 Goat Health from Head to Hoof
March 4, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 - Goat Health, from Head to Hoof - will be available for subscribers ONLY, in-home March 15th. But Backyard Goats members can read it NOW! Read More

Goat Journal March/April 2020
February 10, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The March/April 2020 issue of Goat Journal contains valuable stories on pregnant does in distress and when to intervene during kidding, a Breed Profile on Spanish goats, why you can't make bread and cheese on the same day! Read More

The Best Goat Gestation Calculator
January 15, 2020 · · Ownership

What is the goat gestation period? Did you know that Boer goat gestation period differs from Nigerian dwarf gestation? To use this goat due date calculator, select from miniature or full-sized goats then enter the exposure date. Read More

Determining the Best Hay for Goats
March 30, 2020 · · Goat Notes

When goats can’t browse, they need hay (3% to 4% of their body weight, per day) for their rumens to function properly. This can be fed free-choice or twice a day. Read More

Backyard Poultry April/May 2020
February 22, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry April/May 2020 • 15/2 is in-home March 12th but available online NOW! Subscribe for stories on rare and exotic poultry breeds, the difference between white vs. brown eggs, and a disease profile of fowl typhoid and pullorum disease. Read More

Need an Egg Incubation Timeline? Try This Hatching Calculator

Use this handy calculator to determine the incubation period: chicken eggs vs duck eggs, goose eggs, turkey, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, pheasant, and emu. Then set your eggs and watch them develop! Read More

How Long do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
January 16, 2020 · · Flock Files

Because they don’t have feathers to self-regulate temperature, newly hatched chicks depend on mothers to keep them warm. Darting beneath wings when they’re cold, and coming out to eat and drink, babies thrive on the mother-to-chick relationship. Brooder chicks must have appropriate heat sources, and humans must closely monitor them with thermometers and good judgment. Read More

Download our Free Poultry Guides
October 2, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Need some support with your flock? Take a look in one of our helpful poultry guides! Read More

6 Easy Chick Brooder Ideas
April 2, 2020 · · Coops

Need some quick and easy chick brooder ideas? When you first bring your new baby chicks or ducklings home or hatch out some eggs, you will need a place that the babies can call home. Read More

Top Bar Beehives vs Langstroth Beehives
April 2, 2020 · · Hives & Equipment

Not long after our teenage son started raising honey bees, a family friend built him a top bar beehive with an observation window using beehive plans from a homesteading book. It was such an amazing gift. Read More