Aggressive roosters are a nuisance and can be dangerous if they attack small children. Three simple methods can stop most aggressive behavior so that you can enjoy your entire flock of chickens, even the roosters.
An established chicken keeper explains how easy it is to purchase baby chickens from poultry hatcheries.
When our chicks arrived, we had no idea how much we had to learn about how to raise baby chicks. Nor did we know how much the books couldn't tell us.
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
Learn details regarding winter chicken care including ventilation for a cozy chicken house, heat for baby and grown chicks, and recommended poultry books.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence gives easy green nursery tips.
Build this unique, natural-looking cradle of oak.
The turkey nursery (a.k.a. the hen house) is busy at Rancho Cappuccino. One turkey hen is raising a mini-flock of chicks, while another hatches a surprise batch of poults.
While others are fighting crowds in shopping malls on Friday, you can start choosing the breeds of chickens you’re going to raise in 2011. We’re excited to launch a new digital tool to help you sort through the options. It’s fun, practical and loaded with photos.
Accepting your shortcomings, or short seedlings as it may be.
Chicks and kids growing right before our eyes this spring.
Many new parents are choosing old-fashioned glass baby bottles and cloth diapers. Here's where you can find those products.
One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.
Each year, the success rate for hens hatching and raising chicks at Rancho Cappuccino contines to increase, and it seems there's more than luck at play. Read about watching natural selection in action on the farm.
Sign up to attend a free poultry webinar on the topic of starting a backyard flock.
Wondering when to buy chickens? February to June is the best time to buy baby chicks if you are interested in raising chickens, or if you are looking into getting different types of poultry. This timing not only helps the chicks, but will offer get deals for you. Also, check out the directory of hatcheries to make finding your poultry easier.
The discussion of home birth often revolves around the mother and the newborn baby. This blog post describes the experience through the eyes of the father, and the amazing respect for the family's midwife that came from the day of his son’s birth.
These cheap and easy homemade baby wipes will make your baby’s bottom and your pocketbook healthy and happy.
Check out this cute video featuring dancing ostrich chicks.
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
The Chicken Kooler keeps the water away from the chicken’s feet, where is can get filled with straw and dirt.
Springtime in Urbania can be fraught with temptations at the stores. I have managed to navigate these temptations, sometimes just by 'smelling the clover hay'! Now that the veggies are in, all we have to do is wait for the summer vegetable frittata!
A summary of our quest to find non-medicated chicken feed that has higher quality ingredients than the typical feed store bag of chicken food.
A Grade 1 group come through the farm for a tour
A lesson learned in not counting your chickens before they're hatched
This blog post covers receiving baby chicks by mail, minimizing chick starve-out, brooder waterers and feeders, and getting chicks contentedly settled in.
Temporary brooder setup for CSP, chicks in Gossamer Foundation's office (in February).
Unlike most poultry and chicken electrolyte products on the market today that treat hundreds of birds, Sav-A-Chick™ is ideal for casual poultry raisers with 1 – 10 birds.
Walkable neighborhoods will help keep baby boomers active and healthy after retirement.
A story about a baby calf born in the middle of a snow storm.
Taking back birth as a family, usually though home birth, and becoming stronger as a result.
An introduction to choosing a midwife and making your home birth as safe as possible.
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
Reading label ingredients is a must for your baby's health.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
I am loving my time spent at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington thus far. There are tons of great and interesting people to meet, delicious food, fun and information-packed lectures and demonstrations, and, best of all, adorable anima
This story recounts one father's hard work to help his family survive by raising chickens and farming during the Great Depression. The author also describes his family-owned homemade brooder house, which helped shelter the chickens that provided meat and eggs during hard times.
Find out how to feed rabbit babies using a goat's milk-based formula.
The arrival of our first chickens and pigs to the farm, and prepping to head off to my summer internship at Polyface Farm
As a nursery renovation begins, Jessica, editor of Natural Home and Garden, is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options for an eco-friendly nursery.
I envision this chandelier—made entirely of items recovered from the recycling bin—hanging over a dining table on the patio. Making it is a pretty big project, though, and I would have to call in a friend with a jigsaw to help. (I don’t have the tools—or skills—that former Natural Home & Garden art director Susan Wasinger, who dreamed up this project, does.) Aside from the saw, the materials for this one are simple: used baby-food jars, a few yards of twisted wire, a couple repurposed barrel hoops and a length of rusty chain. And happily, I can make the “lite” version–pretty votive holders—which lets me stop before power tools are needed.
Trace amounts of chemicals are particularly harmful to developing babies, which means expectant mothers should be careful. In the first post of a series, Jessica Kellner writes about the dangers of BPA and how to avoid the chemical.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.