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Sand as a Coop Bedding: How to Keep Your Coop Dry and Clean

Sand-Bedding-in-the-Chicken-Coop

There are many different kinds of bedding for the floors of backyard chicken coops, runs, and enclosures. Chickens love to walk around on the earth to scratch around and feel the real ground beneath their feet.  River sand offers these luxuries but it also helps deter insects, smells better, and …

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Soil Mixture for Filling a Raised Bed Garden

Soil Mixture for Filling a Raised Bed Garden

Raised garden beds are quite popular in urban settings.  Small lots of neatly arranged gardens can produce a good amount of output if implemented properly.  Often there is a struggle to fill them with teh best soil and get the best growing results. There are many ways to fill a …

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Golden Egg Yolks

Healthy egg yolks are golden

Influential Color in Eggs The old adage of you are what you eat makes true for poultry too.  The yolk color is often the most notable difference in eggs coloration.   The egg yolk color can be influenced to a degree by the diet of the birds.  Free-range birds that are …

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European Egg Supply Recalled For Use of Illegal Chemicals in Production

Eggs recalled over fipronil contamination.

Contaminated egg recalls in Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands have retailers removing contaminated eggs from the shelves. A criminal investigation has been launched.  Testing has shown high levels of the unapproved insecticide fipronil. Organic eggs are even at the center of the now scandal. Fipronil, an illegal insecticide, was mixed with treatments …

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Meet the New Blue Egg Laying Whiting True Blue Chicken

The Whiting True Blue chicken is a relatively new blue egg laying breed that has become more readily available through McMurray Hatchery. The ideal would be to have blue chickens that lay blue eggs, but with the genetics of the blue gene in chicken, they will throw 25% black, 50% …

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