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  1. Healthy Dried Treats

    Many people are looking for homemade, low calorie, healthier treats for their pets, especially if they have weight issues.  Many treats on the markets can be high in fat, salt and sugar.  Using dehydrated fruits and vegetables are not only healthy but tend to be chewy and can aid in dental care.  Homemade treats also have the advantage of not containing any artificial preservatives or sulfites to preserve color.

    Fruits and vegetable can be dried in an oven or with a commercial dehydrator. Oven drying can be done by setting the temperature between 140-150°F. Higher temperatures may harden the surface of the fruit or vegetable and prevent dehydration. The oven door should be left open a few inches to allow moisture to escape. 

    Fruits that work well include:

  2. Pasting In Chicks - Causes, Prevention & Treatment

    Pasting in Chicks – Causes, Prevention & Treatment

    Baby chicks go through a lot before you get them home. They are hatched, shipped, and stocked at your favorite feed or pet store where they encounter all the hustle and bustle of a retail environment. Then you select them, transport them yet again and bring them to another new environment. For a baby animal that is only a few days old, that can mean a lot of stress, and stress can greatly impact the health of young chicks.

    One of the most notable problems in chicks that are stressed is pasting. This problem (also called “pasty butt” or “poopy butt”) is what happens when feces that are not the right consistency get stuck to the bird and can “paste” the vent (area where feces are excreted) closed.  Left untreated, this problem, which on the surface just seems a little gross, can actually be fatal.  Pasting can be caused by a few key triggers.

  3. Bringing Baby Chicks Home

    Bringing Baby Chicks Home: Setting Up the Brooder

    When you bring home new baby chicks, there are a few things you will need to know to have a successful start.  Check out this video from Nutrena Poultry Specialist Twain Lockhart for details.

  4. Creating a Delightful Chicken Home

    Creating a Delightful Chicken Home

    Characteristics of an ideal coop

    Whether a coop is made by a family from scratch, purchased already built, or crafted from an existing building, these characteristics are necessary for chickens to be comfortable, safe, and productive.

  5. How to Winterize Your Coop

    from www.scoopfromthecoop.com

    If you live in the north like me, the nights are getting chilly, the leaves are changing and here has even been some frost on the pumpkins in the mornings. All this means…winter is coming! Whether we want it to or not, it will soon be upon us. So instead of scrambling with frozen fingers when it’s really cold and snowy, prepare your coop now for a healthy flock through winter.

    Check the health of your birds. Any health issues will be exacerbated by the cold weather. Treat any ailments, keep waterers and feeders topped off so their immune systems are at their peak.

    Things to do:

    Clean and disinfect feeders, waterers and perches
    – Healthy birds requir

  6. PBS Corrals & Fencing August SPECIAL Discount of $500

    PBS Corrals August Discount If You Mention Big R!

    Good news if you are looking for a new corral or fencing option! For the month of August we are partnered with PBS Corrals to bring you a new corral at a special discount ($500!). You might recognize them from our July Flyer - if you didn't get our flyer be sure to sign up for our email list (only one email a week!) - Sign Up Here

  7. Keeping Cool This Summer

    This blog is from wispyfeatherfarm.com, a colorado mama of 4 blogging about home life, homeschool, homesteading, farm animals, and aiming for the simple life.

    Have you ever noticed how the cold winters will seem to drag on but the warm summers just fly right by??? I feel that way every year! Summer has definitely showed up here in Colorado and we are feeling the heat. It's so nice here though because once that sun sets our temps drop quite a bit and it feels so good to lay in bed at night with the windows open.

    Today I'm sharing some ways we keep cool outside in the heat and at the same time it keeps the kids happy and entertained... and most a

  8. Ready for any challenge. STIHL battery power.

    Battery technology offers many advantages and is becoming increasingly popular as a result. Lithium-ion batteries are no longer just used in smartphones and laptops; components are now being used to supply power in cars and aeroplanes as well. STIHL offers customers’ products based on the same technology, and which also facilitate quiet, emissions-free working. The specially designed batteries boast short charging times and provide dependable power for reliable operation. The STIHL range of cordless power tools has much to offer, with over 30 tools to choose from. This blog post will give readers an overview of the various product lines available, to enable you to find the perfect STIHL cordless tool for your needs.

  9. Core Equine Disease Risks Increase Amid Mosquito Season

    Core Equine Disease Risks Increase Amid Mosquito Season 

    It’s not too late to help protect your horse with Innovator® vaccines from Zoetis.

     

  10. Things To Do For Summer Fun & Safety

    Things To Do For Summer Fun & Safety

    1)  Hydrate- drink lots of water to keep your body functioning well in the high heat. 

    2) Use sunscreen to prevent sun burns and damage to your skin - Grab a bottle of No-Ad or Bull Frog suns

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