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    "Uncle Sam Expects You to Keep Hens and Raise Chickens"

    Brilliant!!! I want to print posters and flyers for my farmers market booth! May I, and is this the highest quality image available? Thank you! Bryan
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    High Altitude Meat Birds

    Howdy, y'all! I'm planning my first meat bird project. In checking hatchery websites, I found Murray McMurray's Jumbo Cornish X Rocks, with the phrase "Please Note: These birds are not recommended for raising at altitudes above 5000 feet." We live at 5100 feet, so this grabbed my attention...
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    What's Different About Raising CornishX vs Dual Purpose Chicks?

    Howdy, Y'all! I've been successfully raising dual-purpose chickens for several years now. I'd like to try raising a batch of CornishX birds, and I'm looking for no-kidding advice about the differences I should expect. I understand they're dumb eating machines, and food should be removed for...
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    Turkey with gender issues?

    Hey y'all, I've had a small flock of Midget Whites for about a year now. Started with a pair, then raised five poults for seven total. Three are definitely toms, three are definitely hens, and one seems caught in the middle. It looks and acts like a hen most of the time, but will sometimes...
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    OK for Turkeys to Eat Rabbit Chow?

    Howdy! I just received a pair of Midget White turkeys. (Love them!) The tom is tall enough to nibble out of our rabbit feeders, which he seems to enjoy quite a bit. My first thought was it's probably okay, as rabbit chow is unmedicated and mostly alfalfa (18% protein), but the vitamins and...
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    Duck eggs getting smaller?

    I may be losing what little bit of my mind I haven't already lost , but I'd swear my ducks' eggs have been getting smaller the past few weeks. In the summer, they were about USDA Large to XL, now I'd say they're about USDA Medium to Large. These are 10-month-old Khaki Campbells. No drake...
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    Anyone Raising Pigeons in Arizona?

    I'm lonely, and want a pigeon-raising pal! But seriously, I'm having difficulties finding a good local source for pigeon supplies. The shipping costs for 50# bags of anything are more than the product! And feed stores' websites tend to just list location and hours of operation information...
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    PVC Hoop House Design Assistance Wanted!

    Hey Y'all! I'm at the Scratching My Head phase, trying to plan an inexpensive, portable, bobcat- and snake-proof quail pen. I'm leaning modifying this PVC hoop house design http://westsidegardener.com/howto/hoophouse.html , and hope y'all can give me some advice. Mostly, I'm concerned...
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    Pigeon Pedigrees

    Howdy! I've been surfing the 'net to find examples of pigeon pedigrees, and thought I'd pick y'all's brains as well. I've been pedigreeing rabbits for several years now, so I probably know enough about pedigreeing pigeons to be DANGEROUS! LOL I figured the National Pigeon Association would...
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    Coturnix not laying

    Howdy! I have three Jumbo Brown Coturnix hens, raised together, about 4 months old. One has been laying like a champ, about 6 per week. The other two - nothing. I wonder if it's the decreased day length that might be affecting them, as with my chickens? They're otherwise very healthy, and...
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    Bobcats (non-graphic pics)

    Our 8' chainlink fence keeps out everything but snakes and bobcats, apparently. Here's a young (I think - or female?) bobcat I trapped this morning And a 20# tom we caught a few months ago I'm still trying to figure out how they can get those big paws into the 1" spaces in our chukar...
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    Writing an Emu article - Want to Help?

    Greetings Ratite Wranglers! I'm getting ready to write an Emu article for Backyard Poultry Magazine http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/ , focusing on Emus but with a little on other ratites as well. I've found plenty of general information on the birds, but a lot is geared toward commercial...
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