Articles from BantyChooks

The content in this article is not in any way meant to be a definitive guide to raising and keeping cockerels and cock birds. It is an account of my personal experiences and as such it will reflect only a narrow slice of the incredible array of successful methods that can be used to achieve the same end result: a trustworthy bird that can be around humans without issue. I have not done any amount of formal research on rooster behaviours; I know only what I have seen, and even that may not be...
After becoming dissatisfied with my Little Giant's propensity to temperature swings, I went on the market for a new incubator. I wanted something of a medium size that was cheap and reliable. Unfortunately, I discovered that finding all three of those qualities in the average commercial incubator was about as difficult as hatching a double yolker egg—if not harder. I located a few Hovabator models that seemed to fit the bill somewhat, but they were still $150 or more and were made of...
Weasel Least weasel (Mustela nivalis) Photo credit - Kevin Law General Information and Description Three species of weasels can be found in North America and Canada. The long tailed weasel (Mustela frenata), which measures up to 24 inches (61 cm) in length; the short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea), which measures up to 13 inches (33cm) long; and the least weasel (Mustela nivalis), which measures only 7 to 8 inches (18 to 20cm) long. The least weasel is often mistaken for a baby, because...
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Teflon) is a substance used to coat shatterproof heat lamps that gives off toxic particulates at high temperatures.
Welcome to my article about chicken photography. I'm going to attempt to explain some basic methods of photography and setting up shots, as well as photo editing after the fact. I'm afraid there won't be much on manual camera settings in here, as I'm useless at that—maybe I'll add some information on it when I've figured it out myself. There are no hard-and-fast rules for photography. I encourage you to play around with everything mentioned here and more. I have broken every "rule"...
This is a work in progress, please be patient. How to Candle Eggs There are two different ways to effectively candle eggs. One pertains to shipped eggs with air cell damage and the other to non-shipped eggs. Shipped Eggs: Always keep the eggs air cell end up. It's best to leave them in an egg carton if you can. Put the light source on the air cell, not the bottom end or you will be able to see very little. Do not turn or rotate the egg, move the flashlight around it. This goes for other...
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