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December 2013

in Blog, Livestock, Poultry, Uncategorized

Factors Affecting Egg Production in Backyard Chicken Flocks

By J.P. Jacob, H.R. Wilson, R.D. Miles, G. D. Butcher, and F.B. Mather  University of Florida IFAS Extension  The laying cycle of a chicken flock usually covers a span of about 12 months. Egg production begins when the birds reach about 18-22 weeks of age, depending on the breed and season. Flock production rises sharply and reaches a peak of about 90%, 6-8 weeks later. Production then gradually declines to about 65% after 12 months of lay. A typical production curve for a laying flock, showing changes in the level of egg production and in egg weight, over time, is…

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in Blog, Farmlife

Lighting for Small-Scale Flocks

Developed by Robert Hawes, Professor Emeritus of Animal and Veterinary Science, University of Maine.  Reviewed by Richard Brzozowski, Extension Professor, University of Maine.  It is well known that light intensity and the length of the daily light period will influence growth rate and reproduction in poultry flocks. The first person credited with using a systematic lighting pattern for laying hens was E. C. Waldorf, a medical doctor from Buffalo, New York. The year was 1889, and Dr. Waldorf’s claim that his birds averaged ten eggs per week under artificial lights probably did much to create an interest in this new…

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in Blog, Chickens, Livestock, Poultry

Why Did My Chickens Stop Laying?

By Dr. J. C. Hermes  Extension Poultry Specialist, Oregon State University  Egg production is a remarkable thing. A pullet (young female chicken) begins laying eggs at 18 to 20 weeks of age. She reaches peak production at about 35 weeks, with a production rate greater than 90 percent (that’s 9 eggs in 10 days for a single hen or 9 eggs from 10 birds daily). This period of peak production lasts about 10 weeks, after which her egg production slowly begins to decline. A high-producing hen’s annual egg production is more than 10 times her body weight. The average commercial…

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in Blog, Natural Health

Tell USDA to Keep Apples GMO-free

Submit Comments by Monday, December 16 The biotech industry keeps promising to solve major problems, from world hunger to malnutrition. Instead, they’ve given us herbicide-resistant and pesticide-producing crops, increasing Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals. What’s the latest genetically engineered crop that’s heading for your plate?  Apples that never turn brown. Like all genetically engineered crops, these new apples have not been proven safe for human consumption. Even worse, they use a troubling new genetic engineering technique, RNA interference. A 2012 Cell Research study indicated that ingesting RNA material from certain plant-based foods can have unexpected effects in mammals.   Humans should not have…

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in Blog, Recipes

Hot Fudge Recipe

This is so easy to make!  I don’t know why we ever bought it.  From Land o Lakes. 1/2 cup butter 1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk Combine all sauce ingredients in 2-quart nonstick saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until butter and chips are melted and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in flavor variation from below, if desired. Pour into jars or other airtight containers for gift giving. Store refrigerated. Reheat as needed. Variations: Malt: Stir in 3 tablespoons malt powder. Orange: Stir in 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or…

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