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My chickens and their coop burned to the ground last night. Do not use those red heat lamps.
Incubators are expensive. Can we not all agree?
I, as a backyard hatchery, don't have all the money in the world. I considered spending $100 on a nice, 24 egg forced air incubator.
But then I...
My Incubation Adventures
This has been a long time coming project. It still needs some refining but it works for now. It's not cheap nor free but if nothing goes wrong (still in prototype phase) it saves a whole lot of...
How To Make A
$15 Heavy-duty Feeds-All-Week
Stovepipe Feeder

Keeping chickens in a tractor is great. The puppy can't molest them. The neighborhood coyotes can't get them. Even the local...
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...
There's that question!! It's at the end of every order for chicks purchased from a hatchery, and even from some small hobby farms. The Marek's vaccination? Should I get it? What, exactly, is...
I put together a little video showing how you can make an automatic chicken door with a power car antenna and a timer in hopes it inspires others to do the same!
The Beginner's Guide to Incubation
This guide is intended to help people new to incubation learn how to properly incubate and hatch eggs. It will walk you through how to incubate and hatch most...
Relative Humidity (RH) “humidity” – simplified, is the amount of moisture present, relative to the amount that would be present if the air were totally saturated. This is usually expressed as a...
Everything you Need to Know, Step by Step | TBN Ranch

Research, Plan, and Prepare
Raising chicks can be easy if you just do your homework before you buy. Knowing when to plan for your chick's...
I have backyard ducks and sometimes it’s difficult to make it home in time to shut the ducks into their house safely for the night or be able to sleep in. Ducks NEED routine! So I created this...
Float testing your eggs is an easy way to tell if you’ve left your eggs out of the fridge too long & if they are safe to eat. Bad eggs float & good eggs sink.
A straight forward guide on how to build a reliable incubator from home, using a cooler. Clear directions, with pictures and wiring diagrams.
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