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How to blow-dry a chicken

How to blow-dry a chicken

Ever tried to blow-dry a chicken? Nope, nor me. But that would never discourage my wife Linda if she thinks it’s going to help...
Alpacas in the UK – an introduction

Alpacas in the UK – an introduction

Alpacas are comparatively inexpensive to keep, and you don't need huge tracts of land for them
How to open a feed bag

How to open a feed bag

Feed bags can be tricky customers to open, but don't risk injury hacking through the side with a sharp object.
Buying pigs: choosing a breed of pig or mini pig

Buying pigs: choosing a breed of pig or mini pig

Breeds of pig vary in size, temperament, hardiness and suitability for meat production. So which one is right for you?
Pig houses: buying or making a hog hotel

Pig houses: buying or making a hog hotel

Getting your pig house right makes for happier hogs, lower feed bills, and less work for you
The moult: why is my chicken losing her feathers?

The moult: why is my chicken losing her feathers?

Moulting is the natural loss and replacement of feathers which happens in early winter, usually taking 4-6 weeks.
Store eggs for months at a time

Store eggs for months at a time

How to store eggs from your own flock successfully for months at a time.
Buying or building a chicken house

Buying or building a chicken house

Basic ready-made chicken houses are inexpensive, but it's not difficult to make your own.
How to store eggs: fresh home-laid and shop-bought eggs

How to store eggs: fresh home-laid and shop-bought eggs

Home-produced eggs last longer than shop-bought ones because they have not been washed.
Chicken breeds

Chicken breeds

Chickens come in all shapes and sizes, from hulking great brahmas down to ridiculous little silkies. But which chicken breed to choose?
Pig feed – making your money go further

Pig feed – making your money go further

Your feed bill can make up around 80% of the running costs of raising pigs, so it pays to choose feeds carefully.
Keeping pigs – introduction

Keeping pigs – introduction

Keeping pigs is a popular option for homesteaders who want to produce their own meat.
Chicken feed

Chicken feed

Choosing the right chicken feed is vitally important to the birds' health, as well as to the quality of their eggs
Chickens: equipment

Chickens: equipment

Chickens need very little apart from housing, food and water, but a few pieces of equipment will make your own life much easier.
Using a chicken tractor or ark

Using a chicken tractor or ark

Using a chicken tractor or ark is sometimes recommended for clearing ground. But do they actually work?
Making a post fence

Making a post fence

Putting in a livestock fence is hard work and best done while the ground is damp, otherwise it will be VERY hard work indeed.
Hanging and skinning pheasants

Hanging and skinning pheasants

Traditionally pheasants are hung for a week or so before preparing for the table, but why - and how? This article explains the process, from shot to pot.
Chickens: problems and predators

Chickens: problems and predators

Bullying, rats, parasites, predators, diseases... who'd be a chicken? Thankfully, all you need is experience and a little know-how.
What’s wrong with my sick chicken?

What’s wrong with my sick chicken?

A list of symptoms that merit quarantining a sick chicken, and chicken disease resources for identifying what's wrong.
Keeping chickens – introduction

Keeping chickens – introduction

Introducing chickens - your own eggs, so full of flavour neighbours will be queuing up for them.
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