• GIVEAWAY: Manna Pro Goat Treats!

    Most giveaways has been for our feathered pals. But we haven’t forgotten the other animals! And what better giveaway is there for our goatie-goats than treats? Yes… if you are a goat owner, it’s almost guaranteed that you have some sort of treats stashed away for your caprine friends. How many of you are are […]

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  • ASK Mix Hennessy: “Sleepy Hen”

    I have a RIR that is 18 weeks old. We have 5 total hens. We got our first eggs last week. Not sure if she is laying yet. She stands by herself and then sits down and appeared to go to sleep. Her poop was white creamy color with clear mucous. Your help would be […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Hey Rabbit Raisin’ Folks, We Need Your Help!

    I’m looking for ideas for keeping the rabbits on my “urban homestead” cool and reaching out to my friends with knowledge in medicine, agriculture, engineering, science and common sense.

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Nutri-Drench for Chicks

    Would you recommend adding Nutri-Drench to my new chicks water after I get them? If so, how long do you think, and how much?

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Poorly Chicken

    My hen (about 3 years old) seems very poorly. She is not eating and her legs seem to have gone bandy,and sometimes her wings droop. Her comb still looks very red but is drooping a bit as well. The last 2 nights we have had to lift her into the chicken house. She also seems […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Six months old and not laying

    I have 2 new brown leghorn pullets that are six months old and appear full grown. They have not produced any eggs yet, and I am wondering if this could be because of shorter days coming just when they would start. Will I have to wait until after the winter solstice? Probably not. Some chickens […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Bees, Black Soldier Fly and Vibrations

    Whether you live in the city or a rural area, the most important thing to remember about honey bees is that they prefer a straight flight path.

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Chicken Watering Systems

    We have 14 hens of varying ages. Over the past month, they have been drinking A LOT more. I have one large waterer that we’re filling every day now and its still running short. It’s been really hot here but its like they ramped up their water intake with their egg production or something. Every […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Groundcover for Chicken Areas

    We are about to get baby chicks for the first time. My 2 years old and 4 year old are so excited. We are studying and getting ready. One question. I have a 4ft x 8ft patch of dirt in our chicken area that I am tying to figure out what to do with. I […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Protein Requirements for Ducks

    I have two male Khaki Campbells, just full grown. My local feed store doesn’t carry duck feed so have been giving them my hens layer pellets with some water mixed. My question is: would it be bad to make up the protein deficiency with a little dry cat food mixed in? Dry cat food is […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Feeding Scraps to Poultry

    Quick question on feeding hens and keeping them well — what do you feed them. Table scraps (meat free) seem to be an idea and local to my home. Potatoes boiled seem very popular. There’s a lot to be discussed regarding poultry and table scraps, but I’ll try to keep this simple. Table scraps are […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Clipping Wings

    I went to visit your garden with a group of people from LA Eco Village. Thank you so much for showing us around, it was very motivating for us to do something in our garden. I have a question about chicken. We are building a chicken house, somehow, the chicken manages to fly out of […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: You don’t have a bug problem, you have a duck deficiency!

    … we are in process to learn more about ducks before we get any in our backyard. We are new to raising any farm animals, so we want to be careful. I was wondering do Khaki Campbells eat bugs? (pill bugs in particular ~ we have tons of them) How are ducks with garden beds, […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Hatching ducks in time for winter

    Hi, I have been really researching and am interested in getting ducks in my brood. The only problem is I’d have to buy eggs and hatch them myself. That will mean it will be well into the cold months before the ducks are even old enough to be outside for a long period of time. […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy – Introductions all around

    I have one hen who went ”broody” this summer. I decided to let her hatch a few eggs for us so I could increase our flock size instead of buying chicks at the feed store. Well, she hatched 3 little chicks all in a weeks’ time (week of Jun/28th)! But, she still wouldn’t leave the […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Rats!

    Rats in a neighborhood is an issue no one particularly likes. When they do arrive (or most likely come out of hiding), neighbors and city officials are quick to try and find someone or something to blame. Chickens, if present, are usually the first to be blamed. Dealing with rats can be part of the course when you have chickens but to link the appearance of any rat solely on the keeping of chickens is casting a very broad net of blame.

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Khaki Campbell Ducks

    Hi folks! Miz Hennessy here – your resident Chicken-in-Charge at your service to answer your questions and provide you with all sorts of cool facts! The latest news at the Urban Homestead is that some baby ducklings have landed! So, you know what that means… nobody is doing any work and everyone is spending far […]

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  • ASK Miz Hennessy: Care of Baby Ducklings

    “.. I was wondering if you could just point me in the right direction towards organic duck feed? I am not finding ANY sources that carry organic feed for them–especially not for the baby ducklings.” Ducks and chickens can eat the same feed as long as it is non-medicated (it’s usually not the medication itself […]

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