Category: Poultry

We Have an Animal and Fowl Clean-up Crew. Should You?

On a small place many clean-up tasks can be accomplished by birds and animals. These workers often accomplish tasks for free, or maybe even at a profit for you. Here’s what I mean. All kinds of creatures are glad to … Continue reading

Heritage Chicken Breed Recommendations- 1941 Agriculture

My agriculture library contains a well-worn copy of the Handbook of Alabama Agriculture (Third Edition) from 1941. This was a product of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University. Edd (Correct Spelling is “Edd”.) Holt, my cousin, gave … Continue reading

The Coturnix Quail as an Egg Laying Machine

Actually since “coturnix” means quail in Latin, these birds might better be described in another way. But around here they are referred to as either Pharaoh quail or Coturnix quail. We’ve raised these little birds and like them a lot. … Continue reading

Survivor Chickens

Most chickens are dependent on their people for food, water, shelter, and care. Without people’s constant care, most chickens won’t last long at all. Is it possible to keep chickens around who could make it mostly on their own? After … Continue reading

Do Heritage Breed Chickens Really Lay That Many Eggs?

Read the chicken catalogs and you can expect to be covered up with eggs from just a few of those beautiful and interesting heritage breed chickens. But can you really expect to get that many eggs? Well, apparently back in … Continue reading

Reacting to High Grain Prices

When grains are at record prices, that also means that manufactured feed products for livestock carry high prices as well. What’s a small stock farmer or rancher to do when the price of feed seems almost like some kind of … Continue reading

The Guinea Fowl

They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  It just so happens that I think guinea fowl are pretty, sort of.  And in several ways these unusual critters are a valuable addition to a farmstead or ranch. … Continue reading