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    Chicken Molting Tips

    Chicken Molting Tips

    Molting is an essential part of chickens’ growth and health, but losing and replacing feathers is also a messy, stressful process. Taking steps to help chickens with molting can minimize the stress and keep your backyard flock happy and healthy. About Molting All chickens molt to replace old, broken, and worn out feathers with fresh plumage that will provide better insulation. Young chickens typically have several juvenile molts as they grow to their full size, but won’t begin their regular seasonal molts until they are 12-18 months old. Mature chickens will molt once or twice a year, often with one...

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    Grass Tetany in Livestock

    Grass Tetany in Livestock

    Grass tetany can be a serious and even fatal problem for different types of livestock. Understanding and recognizing the condition, however, can help you keep your animals healthy and prevent grass tetany from taking a toll on your livestock. About Grass Tetany Grass tetany is a magnesium deficiency in an animal’s blood and is often more common in lactating females or older animals that have more difficulty absorbing magnesium. Ruminants are susceptible to grass tetany, including cattle, sheep, and goats, and the disease is most common in spring and fall when pasture may not have as much new growth rich...

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    Tips To Prevent Barn Flies

    Tips To Prevent Barn Flies

    With summertime in full swing, it means there are longer days and more time you can spend outside with your barn animals. However, summertime and warm weather also means that flies begin to reproduce and will start tormenting your livestock. Follow these tips to fight back and prevent barn flies from causing problems for both you and your barn animals. Flies are not only annoying, but they can also spread diseases to your horses and livestock that can lead to digestive or growth problems. Preventing barn flies is not just about getting rid of a pest; it’s also about protecting...

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    Bone Broth, Goat Milk, and Your Pet's Nutrition

    Bone Broth, Goat Milk, and Your Pet's Nutrition

    Did you know that the majority of cats and dogs don't get enough moisture in their diet? Compared to your pet's natural diet, processed pet food is low in moisture and tough on kidneys, skin, fur, and overall health. If you've been considering adopting a whole food approach for your companion animals, take a closer look at some of the key ingredients in a raw pet food diet. Bone broth and goat milk provide essential hydration for cats and dogs, especially during the warmer months. Whether you feed these products as supplements or as part of a holistic dog or...

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    Pregnant Mare Problems

    Pregnant Mare Problems

    Pregnancy is a delicate condition for any animal, including horses. Being aware of the most common pregnant mare problems can help you stay alert to the health of your horse and her unborn foal. The more familiar you are with the mare’s condition, the easier it will be to correct any possible complications that may occur. About Equine Pregnancies A mare can be fertile and ready to breed as early as 18 months old, but it is often better to wait to breed a mare until she is four years old. At that time, she will have reached her mature...

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