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From Egg to Chick: A Home Hatchery Guide and 30-Day Journey

From Egg to Chick: A Home Hatchery Guide and 30-Day Journey

Embarking on the journey of hatching eggs at home can be a rewarding experience, offering a front-row seat to the miracle of life. Whether you're a seasoned poultry enthusiast or a first-time hatchery, this blog will guide you through the process of hatching eggs at home and provide a comprehensive 30-day plan for nurturing baby chicks as they embark on their life's journey. Hatching Eggs at Home 1. Choosing Fertile Eggs: Start your hatchery journey by selecting fertile eggs from healthy, disease-free hens and roosters. Ensure that the eggs are fresh, clean, and free from cracks. 2. Setting Up an...

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Difference Between Store Bought Eggs and Fresh Farm Eggs

Difference Between Store Bought Eggs and Fresh Farm Eggs

If you had pulled me aside when I was younger and asked if I knew the difference between store bought and fresh farm eggs, my response would most likely be, ‘eggs are eggs.’ Basically, I didn’t think there was a difference and all eggs were just delicious.  However, there is a difference between the two. I first learned this difference when I went to college in Central New York. Central New York is where I developed a passion for farmer’s markets, the concept of farm to table, and the importance of supporting your local community. So what is the real...

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Choosing the Best Christmas Tree

Choosing the Best Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of holiday decorating for many families, but how do you choose the very best one for your home, family and celebration? Real or Artificial? One of the biggest arguments about choosing Christmas trees is about whether real or artificial trees are best. There are pros and cons to both… Real Trees: These trees are often more nostalgic and choosing and cutting your own tree can be a fun holiday tradition. Real trees have a fresh, piney smell, and they are available in a greater range of sizes, shapes and species than artificial trees. These...

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Five Factors of Hay Quality

Five Factors of Hay Quality

To most individuals passing through rural areas, hay seems simple. Its dry, tough, and it feeds livestock. However there’s more to hay than meets the eye. Hay is one of those grasses where it is particularly hard to see the quality and composition. The best way to truly know the quality of hay you are using is to test it. Essentially, hay quality is affected by five major factors; stages of maturity, leafiness, color, foreign matter, and odor and condition. Out of all of these factors, the stages of maturity are the most important. The growth stage of the hay...

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