Category Archives: Tips and tricks

Pretty damned good advice if you ask me

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What’s the perfect ratio of hens to roosters?

We often get asked how many roosters should be kept with a flock of hens. Although this question is a moot point for folks who cannot keep roosters because of city or byelaws, it is a valid question for those … Continue reading

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On smoking meat

Oh the delicious flavor of smoked ribs, brisket, or even fish and seafood… It’s a distinctive flavor, but varies significantly based on your methods. It can be sweet and fruity, or deep and woodsy, or anything in between. The beauty … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Red: What to Know Before Buying One

The Rhode Island Red is probably one of the most successful chicken breeds in the world! It has spread from its homeland to all corners of the globe and is thriving even in the face of the modern industrial hens … Continue reading

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Paladin Press is shutting down

“Once described as being a product of the “most dangerous publisher in the world,” the Colorado-based media house and distributor is closing its doors at the end of the year. As noted on the company’s website, Paladin is shuttering following … Continue reading

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Just so ya know…..

In a previous blog “Milking A Tree For Water” I wrote about the phenomena of transpiration and how to collect water by covering the end of a leafy branch with a plastic bag. This article explains a different approach using … Continue reading

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You’re welcome

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Chasing the vein – Lode mining 101

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All You Need To Know About Coryza in Chickens

Today we are going to focus on Infectious Coryza– a fairly common respiratory disease in chickens. It’s also known as ‘roup’, catarrh, ‘pip’ or IC. We are going to explain what it is, how the chickens get infected, the problems … Continue reading

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A question from Gamegetter II

Kenny, My brother has a mid 1980’s Barnett Thunderbolt crossbow. He is having a hard time finding a new string for it. That’s all that’s wrong with the crossbow – the center of the string – (serving?) where string launches … Continue reading

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The Silkie Chicken

Silkies, they have been called fluff-balls, aliens from another world, teddy bears and many other things in between. Without a doubt they certainly are unusual looking chickens! Their strange appearance, friendliness and mothering skills are surely what endears them to … Continue reading

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Just so ya know

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How Doctors Die

Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal. “I felt like I … Continue reading

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And now you know…..

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Cackle Hatchery: What You Should Know Before Buying

We have been asked by several people how to find out which are the best hatcheries to get your chicks from. Instead of reviewing individual hatcheries (such as Cackle Hatchery), we have put together a guide on how you can … Continue reading

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Valor Whiskey

“I like cops, firemen, veterans, vodka and whiskey, so it seemed smart to turn my lifestyle into a brand.” Alex Plitsas is talking about his most recent adventure: spirits. MORE -WiscoDave

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Just How Loud Are Roosters?

This question is perennial and comes up pretty frequently, so we thought we would take some time to answer the question and hopefully give the roosters a break from all the bad press they get! Folks tend to say roosters … Continue reading

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The poncho liner

There have been some amazing military innovations over the years: freeze-dried food for MREs, jet aircraft, rail guns, and the soul-sucking website, Army Knowledge Online. But none of these compare to the simplest, most wonderful invention known to mankind: the … Continue reading

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And now you know…..

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Can chickens fly?

From time to time, we get questions about the hens’ ability to fly. So today we are going to answer this very question for you. The short answer is: yes! As always though, there is more to the answer so … Continue reading

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