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Your Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers
February 25, 2020 · · Growing

For years I struggled with how and when to grow lettuce. So, I decided to try growing lettuce in containers. Read More

A DIY Mobile Sheep Shelter

Do you really need a barn for small livestock? This was a question I pondered before we acquired sheep. 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

Free Goat Guides from Goat Journal
November 10, 2019 · · Ownership

Need some support with your goats? Take a look in one of our helpful caprine care guides! Read More

Signs of Goat Heat
October 1, 2019 · · Goat Notes

Breeds that cycle year around include fainting goats, Kinder, Boer, Kiko, Nigerian Dwarf, Spanish, Pygmy, and sometimes Nubian goats. Alpine breeds experience heat cycles about mid-summer until the end of the year. Seasonal breeders include Alpine, LaMancha, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg goats. Angoras are also seasonal. Read More

Do You Know the Difference Between Goats and Sheep?
February 25, 2020 · · Kids' Corner,Ownership

Do you know the difference between goats and sheep? I know, being a fiber goat shepherd, I often see people who mistake one species for the other. 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

Backyard Poultry February/March 2020
December 24, 2019 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry February/March 2020 • 15/1 is in-home January 16th but available online NOW! Subscribe for stories on fowl cholera, all about hatching eggs, imprinting behavior, hip hybrids, PLUS a breed profile of the Bresse-Gauloise chicken! 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

The Farm at Prophetstown
February 25, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Nestled right in Prophetstown State Park, you will find a treasure worth visiting. The Farm is a 95-acre working farm that you can visit from April until November seven days a week. Read More

Nosema Disease in Honey Bees
February 23, 2020 · · Health & Pests

Nosema is a serious disease of honey bees caused by a microsporidian. A microsporidian is a type of single-celled fungus that reproduces by spores. The nosema organisms live and reproduce in the honey bee midgut where they steal nutrients and prevent digestion. Read More