So, Can Cayuga Ducks Actually Fly? How Far?

a Cayuga duck

Cayuga ducks are one of the most iconic, instantly recognizable, and beautiful domestic duck breeds in the world. They are quiet, gorgeous, highly productive, and undeniably beautiful with their rippling, iridescent blue-green feathers. Sadly, this breed has been close to extinction more than once, but luckily they are making a comeback thanks to a surge … Read more

So, Why Do Geese Sometimes Stand on One Leg?

an angry Sebastopol goose

If you ever watched waterfowl closely out in the wild, you probably noticed that from time to time they stand on one leg. They certainly don’t seem to struggle with balance issues! And some birds that do this a lot are geese, both domestic and wild breeds. It’s interesting, even a little charming, but why … Read more

14 DIY Mostly Cheap Goat Pen Ideas

pygmy goat in its pen

Ask anyone who has kept goats for any length of time, and they will tell you: keeping your goats in place and on your property is a lot easier said than done. The fact of the matter is that goats are excellent escape artists, or jailbreakers as I like to call them, and as a … Read more

What’s the Average Weight of a Goat? 

Nigerian Dwarf Goats eating hay, in snow

If you decided to embark on a lifestyle of keeping livestock, one of the most important things to figure out is what size of animals you are comfortable with. Different species can run the gamut from truly tiny, like chickens, to humongous like horses. The size of an animal affects how much room it needs, … Read more

So, What’s the Average Weight of a Chicken?

a Light Brahma rooster

When it comes to raising livestock of any kind, and that includes poultry like chickens, watching their weight is important. No, not just for aesthetics, not all the time, but to make sure they are on target for their productivity, be it meat or eggs, and also healthy overall. A chicken that’s underweight or overweight … Read more

How Warm Should I Keep My Baby Chicks?

baby chicks inside brooder with heat lamp and feeder

Bringing home a bundle of baby chicks, or hatching them yourself, is always an exciting time, but it is a perilous one, too. Chicks are incredibly delicate, and very easy to sicken or even kill accidentally. Not enough water, not enough food, and, arguably most important of all, not enough warmth. If your baby chicks … Read more

So, How Much is a Rooster?

rooster eating chopped celery root

If you want chickens, and tell someone that you want to add a rooster to your flock, they might give you a funny look. If it’s because they also own chickens they might be worried about your sanity. If it’s your neighbor, they are doubtless worried about the noise your new addition is going to … Read more

How Much Cold Can My Chickens Take?

chicken flock using shoveled path to get through snow

If there’s one thing most folks tend to pity our animals for, it is the fact that they have to live outside pretty much all the time. Even our chickens that have nice, warm coops to live in spend most of their time outside exposed to the elements. That’s just the way things are, and … Read more

Top 20 Most Beautiful Chicken Breeds

Gold Laced Polish cockerel

Most folks don’t spare chickens even a second glance. They’re just poultry at the end of the day, and they are where our meat and eggs come from. Not much to them, right? Not if you pay attention to them, and admire them, like us chicken lovers do! Although they aren’t ever counted among the … Read more

Soaking and Cooking Beans the Right Way

soft beans next to hard beans

Beans are one of the most versatile staples eaten around the world. Packed with protein and minerals, there are dozens of varieties out there, each with a different flavor profile and texture. They make a wonderful addition to nearly any meal, and are used in countless recipes, but dried beans can also be an important … Read more