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Quasimoto - Barred Rock pulletRecently I said my final good-byes to a tough little bird.  Quasimodo (or Quasi for short), was a Barred Plymouth Rock pullet.  She arrived by mail, day-old, with 15 “sisters” – an event I’ve looked forward to almost every other year since 1985.  All of the chicks were as normal as chicks can be; active, investigative, eating, drinking and determinedly establishing the hierarchy of the group – otherwise known as the ‘pecking order’.

All was going well until Day Six.  I never could establish what actually happened.  Two granddaughters had visited that day, and as usual, made a bee line for the chick...

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Charlcie


Deep Dark Chocolate CakeHey...Like MOST cake recipes, this one calls for eggs.  Be forewarned...If you're not into super rich, chocolatey desserts - Stay Away From THIS One!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 3/4 Cups All-purpose Flour (Sifted BEFORE measuring)
  • 3/4 Cup cocoa (I use and recommend Hershey’s Special Dark® Cocoa) 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour two 9-inch cake rounds or one 13×9x2-inch...

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Charlcie

Good quality feed is the key to producing quality, nutritious eggs.Eggs just don't happen, well...sometimes they do, but good quality consistent production of eggs takes attention to the health, care, and welfare of the chickens that produce the eggs.  Good quality feed is at or near the top of the list.

When choosing a poultry laying feed, looking at the guaranteed analysis can help you determine if the nutritional content of that feed is appropriate for the producing layers. Many would think that two products that both contain 16% protein, 2.5% fat, etc. would be pretty much the same feed. Not necessarily true.  The fact is, feeds with similar guaranteed analysis may be manufactured using very different formulation strategies and have very different formulas. This can affect the nutritional value for your laying flock. Most commonly, feed...

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