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The Importance of Extra Hay During Winter Months

The Importance of Extra Hay During Winter Months

It is true that during the winter months riding your horse can become a scarce occasion.  This means that your horse’s diet must also change.  Since the horse is not as active during these cold months, it requires fewer calories.  It was once believed that feeding your horse more corn during these inactive months is better for keeping the horse warm, but now science has discovered hay is better at converting calories into heat and also promotes good gastrointestinal health as well as helps to preserve the horse’s weight.  The horse’s diet should be at least 50% if not all...

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Caring for Backyard Chickens in Winter

Caring for Backyard Chickens in Winter

Chickens are becoming more and more widespread in suburban areas, and a backyard flock can be a wonderful part of sustainable living. To keep your chickens healthy, comfortable, and productive in winter, however, it is important to provide them with the proper cold weather care. Can Your Chickens Care for Themselves in Winter? Chickens are well-adapted to survive even very cold winter weather. Their feathers provide excellent insulation, and the birds can fluff their feathers to create an even warmer coat. They may even tuck their bills or feet into fluffy feathers to keep those bare parts warm. On sunny...

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How to Build a Chicken Coop

How to Build a Chicken Coop

Chickens can be a valuable addition to any urban homestead, hobby farm, or budget-friendly household. But to keep chickens safe and comfortable, a coop is essential. Knowing how to build a chicken coop can help you provide a proper home for your flock. Why Chickens Need a Coop A chicken coop is more than just a quaint decoration or kitschy structure. A chicken coop provides… Shelter from inclement or stressful weather, including rain, snow, wind, or sun Protection from predators and nest raiders like raccoons, hawks, rats, and snakes Comfort and privacy for nesting or roosting hens to improve their...

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Rabies and Animals

Rabies and Animals

Rabies is a terrifying disease and can be fatal to many different pets and other animals. Understanding rabies, however, is essential to take proper safety precautions against infection and to keep pets, livestock, and people safe. About Rabies Rabies is a viral disease, carried by lyssaviruses, that infects the central nervous system. If left untreated, the brain becomes infected and the disease is invariably fatal. First documented in roughly 2000 BC, the disease is found today in more than 150 countries and is present on every continent except Antarctica. Rabies is transmitted through saliva, and the most common transmission is...

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November Garden Ideas

November Garden Ideas

Late fall and early winter may not seem like great times to be active in the garden, but in many areas, there are still tasks that need to be completed. In regions with milder climates, November can be a great time for wrapping up autumn gardening chores, and every gardener should take steps to keep their beds in great shape right up to the first heavy snowfall. In November, gardeners should… Keep RakingAs leaves keep falling, they build up on the lawn and garden, creating thick mats that are hard to remove in spring. Raking throughout November will minimize leftover...

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