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Category: Hobby Farming

What’s the Shelf Life of Horse Feed?

Learn about the shelf life of horse feed with Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Nutrena. Feed freshness is a concern for many horse owners.  We all want to feed our horses the best we can.  When it comes to freshness there are several factors involved, one of those being the expected shelf life of feed.  Horse owners and barn managers who understand these factors and practice good inventory rotation will(…)

Can You House Chickens and Ducks Together?

Learn about housing chickens and ducks together with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Hobby farmers generally have mixed opinions about housing ducks and chickens together. Chickens are fairly easy birds to raise–they’re small and manageable. Ducks are easy, too–they’re hardy and lay eggs year-round. Housing them together is possible. It just takes a little work and adequate space. Follow these simple tips for keeping chickens and ducks together from Blain’s Farm(…)

Selecting the Right Bedding for Your Chickens

Choose the right bedding for your flock with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Chickens coops typically have a floor made of concrete, wood or dirt. Bedding will go on top of that. There are a few different options for chicken coop bedding. Essentially, the bedding needs to dry up and catch any manure produced by your chickens, as well as provide a comfortable living space for your flock.(…)

Choosing the Right Chickens for Ornamental Use

Choose the right chickens for ornamental use with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Whether you just want to have pretty chickens on the farm, or you plan on showing them at the state fair, certain chickens are known for ornamental use. Learn about popular ornamental chicken breeds with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Black Cochin Black Cochin chickens are beautiful birds known for their large size(…)

Free Range Poultry, the Inside Scoop

Learn all about free range poultry with Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you’re planning on raising chickens, you have to figure out if you’ll want them to free range or not. Free range chickens can forage for food around your property, instead of staying in the coop all day. The added food the hens or broilers pick up while foraging can help save on your overall costs, once(…)

Choosing the Right Chickens for Meat Production

Find out which chicken breeds are best for meat production with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. If you’re raising backyard chickens for meat production, it’s important to know which breeds will work best. Learn about the different breeds of chickens that are best for meat production with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Austra White – These birds are a cross between a Black Australorp rooster and a White Leghorn hen. They’re good(…)

Feeding Your Beef Cattle

Learn all about feeding your beef cattle with Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Cattle have their own nutritional needs, just like any other animal. When you’re raising and feeding beef cattle, it’s important to know their dietary needs so they can grow strong and healthy. With the help of Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn about the basics of feeding your beef cattle. Beef Cattle at(…)

How to Prepare Your Flock for Molt

Learn how to prepare your flock for molt with Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Nutrena. When you’re raising backyard chickens you need to prepare for molt. Dropping feathers and a drop in egg production are part of the natural molting process. There are a few ways you can help your flock prepare for molt. Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Nutrena are here to help. Start Early If your coop is(…)

Weighing Your Horse Without a Scale

Learn all about weighing your horse without a scale with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Knowing your horse’s weight can help with choosing the right feeding program, giving them medications and just keeping track of their overall health. However, most horse owners don’t have a scale that’s big enough for a horse, or even access to a scale that size. Thankfully with help from Nutrena and Blain’s Farm & Fleet, weighing(…)

Keeping Your Horse Stable Clean

Learn how to keep your horse stable clean with tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. You work hard to keep your horses clean and healthy, and that includes keeping their stable and stall clean, too. Not only does a clean stable look and smell better, it also helps keep your horse healthy. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn all about keeping your horse stable clean.  How(…)

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