9 Ways To Tell a Rooster From a Hen

rooster and hen differences

If you are new to raising chickens, you’ll have a lot to learn. And one of the most fundamental things you’ll need to learn is how to tell a rooster from a hen. This may seem like a simple task, but it’s actually quite perplexing if you don’t know what to look for, especially when … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Corn Husks?

newly introduced chickens to the flock

If you own chickens, you already know that they totally live up to their classification as omnivores. It seems like chickens will eat anything and everything, including some things that can really surprise you. From the exotic to the gross and the borderline inedible, chickens can make use of all kinds of foods to get … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Bananas? Is It Safe?

a sheep nibbling on a banana

Sheep have very particular dietary requirements, which means that while we love being able to give them treats, we have to be super-duper careful about how we do it. Even a tiny amount of the wrong thing can lead to serious health problems. Fruit is a common treat for sheep, and the softer the fruit … Read more

39 Things Pigs Can Eat and 13 They Cannot

pig eating watermelon

When most people think of raising pigs they probably imagine, humorously, an animal that is something like a living garbage disposal; an animal that eats absolutely anything! And, to some extent, this is true; pigs are omnivores and will eat a wide variety of food. However, there are some things that pigs can eat safely … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Carrots? Is It Safe?

a sheep eating a sliced carrot

I think we’ve all heard the words: “Eh, what’s up doc?” a few times growing up. I know I did because Bugs Bunny was one of my favorite characters in the Merrie Melodies cast. Of course, Bugs is a rabbit so munching on a carrot makes sense but what about sheep? Can sheep eat carrots? … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Chocolate? Is It Safe?

brown colored Icelandic sheep next to wooden fence

Ah, chocolate! The comfort food for everything from bad workdays to bad breakups, this dairy treat has been around for years and is going nowhere fast. Of course, when it comes to comfort, we like to share it – most of the time – with friends and family. The only members of the family who … Read more

So, Why Do Goats Need to Wear Bells?

goat wearing a bell

Among all the kinds of animals you might keep as livestock, goats are often associated with being pesky and hard to control. Just ask any current or past owner and they will tell you! They’re known for escaping their pens, hopping over fences, getting lost, and generally getting into all sorts of trouble. It is … Read more

Why is My Chicken Laying Small Eggs? Top 7 Reasons

holding a wind egg in hand

Chickens are delightful creatures that can provide us with fresh eggs daily. There’s nothing quite like waking up in the morning, collecting eggs from the chicken coop, and making a delicious breakfast. But what do you do when your chickens start laying small eggs? What is Considered a Tiny Egg? For many people, finding a … Read more

Do Sheep Really Need to Wear Bells?

sheep wearing bells

In many places, it is rare to come across larger livestock that doesn’t have a bell hanging from a collar around their neck. Sheep, in particular, are often outfitted with bells and the practice is so common that it is fairly synonymous with pastoral farm life in general. But you have to imagine that wearing … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Figs?

two chickens eating figs

If you own chickens, you probably already know they are big fans of getting novel produce in their diet. All sorts of fruits and veggies can make for interesting and enjoyable treats for your birds. How about figs? Can your chickens eat figs? Yes, figs are safe for chickens to eat. Figs are a tasty, … Read more

How to Winterize Your Pig Pen

pig in front of its pen

Each year, as soon as I feel that first nip in the air or see the first snowflake fall onto the frozen ground, I’m amazed at the tenacity of nature. Although my garden plants have died back and we’re huddled up in the house, curling up next to a fire, the animals outside are doing … Read more