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  1. duluthralphie

    The Lowly Christmas Tree!

    The Lowly Christmas Tree I just came in from cutting our Christmas tree. My Wife and I picked it out a month ago. We went out and looked at the trees and decided on the one for us. We marked it by hanging a Veterans Poppy in the branches. There was not a lot of fanfare with it. We only...
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    Writing an Award Winning BYC Article

    How to write a winning BYC Chicken article! As a past winner who is still awaiting the grand prize all expense paid trip to Australia including first class air fare, I think I can give you some hints. BTW, there is a misunderstanding on the prize, for some reason BYC does not think they...
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    Maggots not just a Chicken snack anymore! but a deadly injury....

    Maggots those disgusting little larvae that leaves us feeling sick and our birds smacking their little chicken lips in delight. They are not a problem if they stay where they belong. Once the they infect our birds they are big trouble. Commonly called “flystrike” can affect any open sore or...
  4. A basic Q&A Turkey Primer

    A basic Q&A Turkey Primer

    This is a primer for new turkey owners or potential owners of turkeys. We have decided to present this in a question and answer format as we felt it would better help the new owners find the info they need quickly. Q) Should I get a or some turkeys? A) That depends on you, turkeys...
  5. The Chicken World's Worst Chore, culling the injured and sick babies.

    The Chicken World's Worst Chore, culling the injured and sick babies.

    I have just had to to the worst job of bird rearing. I was forced to cull a 4 day old turkey. We tried everything, it's feet and legs would not work. It happens to us all at some point. Our choices are not good, either let it die a slow miserable death or find some way to speed up the process...
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    Cleaning a foam Incubator.

    I have struggled with trying to clean a foam incubator. I thought getting the bottom clean and new looking was impossible. Between hatching debris and hard iron water. I thought they were destined to look terrible forever. This is going to be a real short hint on how to clean them. It does...
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    Chick Instructions on one page!

    I have written an “instruction” sheet I hand out with chicks people buy from me. The actual “sheet” is written in this article in Italics. The rest is here to explain why I made that instruction and to give you a bit of my background and why I wrote what I did. Yes, the instructions fit on one...
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    How to have marital bliss and chickens too..

    I know this may seem like an unlikely place to find marital advice, but I figure this is actually the perfect place for it. As many of us know, our feathered friends can introduce extreme strife into even the most stable of marriages. If there is a potentially negative outcome of bird ownership...
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    Raising large table birds

    The lowly CX gets no respect, until you put a 13 pound dressed bird fresh from the oven on the table! We have all heard the names they are called “frankenbirds” or “mutants”. The common story line goes something like “ they are lazy, stinky, smelly' sit in there own poop.” The myths are they...
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