• Converting gas engine to diesel

    Q. I just found your website – very interesting! My husband was just telling me about this kind of fuel a few evenings ago. We have an old (1989) Suburban – and he was considering trying to convert the engine (gasoline) to one that can run on the biodeisel feul. (We are a one income […]

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  • New chickens and noise

    Q. I’m interested in getting a few chickens. I know chickens are pretty adaptable but am a little worried they’ll be agitated by our soon to be house construction work/noise. Any help you can provide, would be appreciated. A. Chickens are amazingly adaptable – just like you said. And, as a matter of fact, if […]

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  • Rescued baby duck

    Q. We rescued a baby mallard duck, any tips? Thanks. A. By the way, if you haven’t done it already, keep the duckling under a heat lamp (a desktop lamp will do fine) to keep him/her warm as it can get cold and sick without its mother keeping it warm. Also, since it doesn’t have […]

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  • New pullets – care tips

    Q. We love our new chicks, any tips you could provide to make us better care givers would be appreciated. Thanks. A. I’m sure they are going to be great. Enjoy them! They are a lot of fun and will only get more beautiful as they mature. They’re in the kind of gawky teenage stage. […]

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  • Fighting to keep ducks in the city

    Q. I’ve keep ducks for years and now the city wants them to be removed. Please help, I don’t want to lose my ducks. Do you have any suggestions? A. It was upsetting to read of the troubles you are experiencing with the city regarding your ducks. I know how much a part of the […]

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  • Chicken molting season and care

    Q. Hey there this is Joelee Joyce, and I am a builder and permaculturalist in Tuscon Arizona. I have a problem with my hens , and a friend told me that your daughter knows quite a bit about raising and caring for hens. The problem is that they are molting, even though the temperature is […]

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  • Chickens and ducks together

    Q. Hi. Thanks for writing me back. Thankfully, that experience ended as abruptly as it began. I thought maybe if I put a bitter tasting substance on the feather ends it would deter them from nibbling further, so I put lemon juice on her wing and I never saw blood again. I don’t know if […]

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  • Caring for Indian Runner ducks

    Q. My name is Adam. I live across the street from a river in NJ. I have been living here for four years. The birds I mainly see are Canadian Geese and Mallards. Well about two months ago I saw a family of six ducks. They are really cute and friendly. I looked them up […]

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  • Hatchery orders

    Q.  Hi. i’m hoping to start raising bantam chickens in the spring. the minimum order from hatcheries seems to be about 25. Did you keep all 25 of your chicks? If not, what did you do with them? Thanks, zainab A. Yes, most hatcheries will ship no less than 25 bantams because the chicks need […]

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  • Chicken mite remedies

    Q. I just wanted to give you an update on our chickens and ask a question. All 4 of our girls are happy and well adjusted. Their feathers are glossy and eyes bright. I was worried about the cold nights but they seem to be thriving. We have a little dog house in the coop […]

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