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Sunlight is essential for egg laying poultry to stimulate their ovaries to release a yolk and begin the egg laying process. 

Chickens need a minimum of about 16 hours of light per day for optimal laying, ducks need about 14 hours and geese lay best with 10 hours of daylight.


Keeping a clean chicken coop is, of course, optimal for the health of your flock. Your coop doesn't need to be spotless, but it does nee...
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Dyeing eggs at Easter is a time-honored tradition in many cultures. You can make it even more natural and creative when you use veggies an...
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Once you start raising chickens, you'll likely find yourself with so many eggs, you won't know what to do with them all.  Homemade m...
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Everybody loves sprinkling aromatic herbs in their chicken coop .  Am I right? Fresh or dried, so many different types of her...
Fun fact: A hen is able to direct the nutrients in the food she eats directly into her eggs. Because of this, it's important to provide ...
Backyard chickens, like dogs, cats and bunnies, make wonderful family pets. But unlike raising a dog, cat or bunny, raising a flock of chick...
When you first begin raising chickens , you're bound to run into chicken keeping terms, abbreviations and phrases that might seem like ...
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These sweet little sandwich cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make. They’re not only a fun rolled-out cookie to bake since they requ...
New chicken keepers usually start with baby chicks in the spring. The excitement of the chicks growing into adults, then that first egg in l...
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Cast iron skillets have been around since the beginning of time. Well, not technically, but almost.  First used in China in the 6th centu...
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Homemade cranberry sauce is so quick and easy to make yourself and so much more delicious than the canned version. My simple recipe calls ...
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I've been making natural chicken coop cleaners for years using white vinegar  and even vodka . But this season, I decided to make a gin-...
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If you raise chickens or buy eggs, you're going to end up with a cracked egg from time to time. I get asked on a pretty regular basis if...
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Sangria is usually thought of as a summer sipper. It's simply wine with some fruit and fruit juices in it.  But add in some warming spic...