Links

Here you will find our favourite sites and information on Nubian goats, hatching eggs, raising heritage chickens, Indian Runner ducks, African geese and heritage turkeys.

SHIPPING CHICKS, DUCKLINGS AND GOSLINGS:
(SEE INFO ON HATCHING SHIPPED EGGS ON THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE)

ACE Courier Services: branches throughout BC and Alberta, over 30 years of experience 

http://www.acecourier.bc.ca/contacts-v2/

 72 UniHeat Packs for Shipping Chicks: https://www.uniheatpack.com/

GroGel: Highly nutritious concentrated chick food for shipping and newly hatched chicks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMf2hne0IU4 chicks eating GroGel

http://www.dawesnutrition.com/spec%20sheets/grogel.pdf

BREEDER ASSOCIATIONS, CLUBS AND SHOWS:

Canadian National Goat Federation: New ID and Traceability Project for 2018

http://cangoats.com/

Canadian Goat Society: http://www.clrc.ca/goats.shtml

Anglo Nubian Goat Society (how to measure and weigh stock etc.)
http://www.anglonubiangoatsociety.com/

International Nubian Breeders Association: http://www.i-n-b-a.org/

American Poultry Association: http://www.amerpoultryassn.com

Marans of America Club: http://www.maransofamericaclub.com

Ameraucana Breeders Club: http://ameraucanabreedersclub.org/

Vernon Pigeon and Poultry Club: http://www.vppc.ca

Poultry Show Abbreviations: http://www.poultryshowcentral.com/Abbreviations.html

PoultryShowCentral.com (information, record keeping, shows, dates and locations)

http://www.poultryshowcentral.com/Canada.html

“HEN POWER PROJECT” It encourages the elderly to become involved in the day-to-day raising, care, feeding, eggs, etc. of hens.

http://www.programsforelderly.com/social-henpower-initiative-equal-arts.php

GOAT SITES:

Benefits of Raising Goats: (The Spruce)
https://www.thespruce.com/benefits-of-raising-goats-3016471

Goat Keeper Magazine: http://www.goatkeeper.ca/home.html

Goddard Farm in the USA – Herd Management (includes lots of info on treating parasites,  housing, feeding, kidding, showing and cheese making etc. for Nubian Goats):
http://www.goddardfarm.com/herd_management

Fias Co Farm – Breeding Does/Goat Health and Husbandry :

http://fiascofarm.com/goats/breeding.htm#breeding

Goat Reproduction, Puberty and Sexual Maturity:

http://articles.extension.org/pages/19720/goat-reproduction-puberty-and-sexual-maturity

Goat Care, Breeding, Sickness, Diseases and Treatments:

http://www.jackmauldin.com/diseases.html

Goat Link (goat information, care, meds, etc.) http://www.goat-link.com/

Goat World (INTERACTIVE PREGNANCY CALCULATOR, kidding info, care, etc. )

http://www.goatworld.com/

How to Make Kidding Happen During Daylight Hours (On Pasture)

https://onpasture.com/2018/01/08/how-to-make-lambing-kidding-and-calving-happen-during-daylight-hours/

How to Tell When Your Goat Will Kid

https://www.dummies.com/home-garden/hobby-farming/raising-goats/how-to-tell-when-your-goat-will-kid/

https://goatspots.com/articles/bottle-feeding/

Livestock Winter Hay Needs – Hay Calculator

https://tractortoolsdirect.com/livestock-winter-hay-needs-hay-calculator/?fbclid=IwAR0rHFcuV7QSTGapR5xz4zpvDkClJBzMEV05KcKbP1KqehDjMcKIoPOa7_k

Goat Milk: The Most Complete Food Known/Diary Goat Journal (countrysidenetwork.com)

http://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/livestock/goats/goat-milk/

Bramble Berry® Soap Making Supplies

https://www.brambleberry.com/


The Livestock Feed That Grows Even During Droughts: (Off The Grid News)
Goats are champion brush-eaters, and they naturally prefer browsing to grazing.
“Do not feed branches from stone fruit trees (peach, plum, cherry, apricot nectarine), yew, poison sumac, mountain laurel, or any type of laurel or rhododendron.”
http://www.offthegridnews.com/how-to-2/the-livestock-feed-that-grows-even-during-droughts/

CHICKEN AND TURKEY PROCESSING:

Arenbrook Acres- Gov. Inspected Poultry Processing Facility (Falkland, BC)

http://www.arenbrook.com/

 A chicken and a rooster with all their body parts explained.

CHICKEN BREEDS:

Poultry Pedia (Poultry breeds, weights and chicken care):

https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/poultry-body-weights

Livestock Conservancy Chicken Breed Comparison Chart:

http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/chicken-chart

Henderson’s Handy Dandy Chicken Chart:

http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

CHICK AND CHICKEN CARE:

Brooding Temperatures for Small Poultry Flocks https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture

The Chicken Chick: Baby Chick Basics. What You Need to Know to Get Started

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/03/baby-chick-basics-what-you-need-to-know.html

The Chicken Chick: Feeding Chickens at Different Ages

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/feeding-chickens-at-different-ages/

Chick and Chicken Care 101 http://handhsoyfreenongmofeed.com/chick-and-chicken-101/

The Chicken Chick: 5 Common Problems in Chicks with Solutions

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/01/5-common-problems-in-baby-chicks-with.html

How to make a simple nipple waterer for your chick brooder

http://www.thegardencoop.com/blog/2013/03/30/nipple-waterer-for-chicks/

How To Integrate New Chickens Into Your Flock (and juveniles birds)

https://vjppoultry.com/2018/04/13/how-to-integrate-new-chickens-into-your-flock/

FEEDING CHICKENS:
Feeding Whole Grains to Chickens-Maine Organic Farmers

http://www.mofga.org/Publications

Basic Feeding Programs for Small Chicken Flocks: Manitoba Agriculture
(organic, grains, egg size, brooding, pastured poultry etc.)

https://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/livestock/production/poultry/index.html

A high energy chicken treat your flock will love  : Poultry Protein Platter.

https://www.raising-happy-chickens.com/chicken-treat.html

POULTRY MANAGEMENT:
Heritage Chicken Breeds Are Disappearing and Here’s Why They Are Worth Saving
https://www.wideopenpets.com/are-heritage-chicken-breeds-worth-saving/

Poultry Behavior: Senses, Social, Eating, Breeding, Pecking Order etc. 

http://www.poultryhub.org/production/husbandry-management/poultry-behaviour/

20 Reasons Your Chickens Aren’t Laying Eggs: Lisa Steele’s (FreshEggsDaily.com)

http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/11/why-arent-my-chickens-laying-eggs.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yGcM93-XYo
(same list but discussed by Justin Rhodes)

Predator Management for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks

http://articles.extension.org/pages/71204/predator

It’s a mystery you CAN solve: Which Hens are Laying Eggs:

http://vomitingchicken.com/solve-the-mystery-which-hens-are-laying/

How to Stop Chickens from Eating Their Own Eggs 

http://www.typesofchicken.com/chicken-keeping/egg-eater-flock-heres-stop/

Dropping Boards, because Poop Happens (Chicken Chick)

https://the-chicken-chick.com/droppings-boards-because-poop-happens/?fbclid=IwAR0KLgrwYjmLEbFe9E4D9qH8p4XXH77GhRYY0KZ7ZR5Vdr7CieCNaI2fcrA

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter (The Spruce)

https://www.thespruce.com/keep-chickens-in-winter-3016590

Cold Weather Chickens – 8 things to NOT to do in the winter (My Pet Chicken Blog)

http://blog.mypetchicken.com/2012/11/16/cold-weather-chickens-8-things-not-to-do/

How to Make a Chicken Apron or Hen Saddle:
-to protect a favourite hen from the over zealous rooster and or a chicken or turkey that is molting or getting picked on.

https://weallsew.com/how-to-make-a-chicken-apron-or-hen-saddle/

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Chicken saddles? What’s the deal with them?
(includes a video on how to put one on and where to buy them)

https://homesteadspirit.com/make-chicken-saddles/

Molting Hens – Everything you need to know

https://ohlardy.com/molting-hens-everything-need-know/

HOLISTIC POULTRY PRACTICES:

How to Make Homemade Electrolytes for Chickens

http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2017/05/how-to-make-homemade-electrolytes-for.html

Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting

https://permaculturenews.org/2016/06/20/cut-your-chickens-feed-bill-by-fermenting/

Homemade Suet: A Warming Winter Chicken Treat

http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2013/01/homemade-suet-warming-chicken-treat.html

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/01/homemade-suet-cakes.html

Fresh Eggs Daily with Lisa Steele: Spice Up your Chicken Keeping for Better Flock Health http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2015/05/spice-up-your-chicken-keeping-for.html

The Benefits of Garlic, Cayenne and Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Flock http://naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.ca/2013/06/the-benefits-of-garlic-cayenne-and.html

Chicken Heat Stress, Dehydration and Homemade Electrolyte Solution
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/07/chicken-heat-stress-dehydration-and/
In summary, during high heat conditions, baking soda facilitates calcium absorption while vinegar inhibits it.  SKIP the vinegar in the heat, opting for an electrolyte solution instead.

Hot Weather, Acidosis and a Homemade Electrolyte Recipe http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/07/hot-weather-acidosis-and-homemade.html
Temperatures between 55-75F (12.77-23.88C) are optimal, anything higher starts to cause stress to their bodies.

An unlikely alternative to antibiotics: cayenne, sage, and cinnamon (The New Food Economy)   
http://newfoodeconomy.com/alternative-antibiotics-spice-rack/

Apple Cider Vinegar and Diatomaceous Earth Benefits

https://poultrykeeper.com/health-suppliments/apple-cider-vinegar/

Kelp Meal Benefits – Homestead Organics http://www.homesteadorganics.ca/kelp.aspx

Lavender Mint Coop Refresh Spray for your Coop and Home

https://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2012/10/lavender-mint-coop-refresh-spray.html

Holistic Hen – Organic Poultry: https://holistic-hen.blogspot.ca/

Preparedness Mama: Creating a Chicken Habitat, Fermenting Feed, Growing Fodder etc.   http://preparednessmama.com/raising-backyard-chickens/


https://hensandhoney.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/dreaming-of-a-green-winter-growing-sprouts-for-your-chickens-or-yourself/

   https://www.attainable-sustainable.net/grow-chicken-feed/

https://www.reformationacres.com/2016/01/12-perennials-plant-free-chicken-food.html

    North Country Farmer

One of the most attractive things about the Siberian Peashrub is its potential as a source for chicken feed. The seeds of this plant are 36% protein and contain 12% fatty oils.

Chicken Powered Permaculture Design for Permaculture Gardens, Farming and Food Forests
https://small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/chicken-powered-permaculture-design/

https://small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/apple-cider-vinegar/

https://small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/seed_balls/

12 Chicken-Friendly Plants To Grow Next To Coops and the Ones to Avoid:
https://insteading.com/blog/chicken-friendly-plants/

GROWING CHICKEN FEED THE EASY WAY: (Grownetwork)
-includes lists of plants

https://thegrownetwork.com/how-to-grow-happier-chickens-and-healthier-eggs-from-seed/

Plantain has traditionally been used as a medicinal herb for treatment of many diseases. High amounts of vitamins A and C and is also a rich source of calcium. Showed promise as an effective means of controlling invasion by Eimeria tenella, the organism responsible for causing coccidiosis in chickens.

http://www.poultrydvm.com/supplement/plantain?fbclid=IwAR26Vdn2DgKzZ85Rb_apeNmD6edAc5ggyqHGaldDfuV0Y5xa3pT7HSowdBw

8 Top Vines to Grow on Your Chicken Coop
https://www.tillysnest.com/2017/03/vines-grow-backyard-chickens/

Herbs for Chicken Nesting Boxes

https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/08/herbs-nesting-boxes.html?fbclid=IwAR2Mf-lqOvWYklZ_914-EDYLvBdcgpEmNPB9XW7OteBgeHb-KjzxqJolAow

Using Chicken Manure Fertilizer In Your Garden

Raising Backyard Chickens:
https://www.fix.com/blog/raising-chickens-at-home/

Raising Backyard Chickens: The Chicken from a Holistic Perspective

CHICKEN HEALTH, WORMING AND DISEASES:

Answers to Ten Common Questions about Chicken Health

https://www.dummies.com/home-garden/hobby-farming/raising-chickens/answers-to-ten-common-questions-about-chicken-health/

Chicken First Aid Kit and Sick Bay: (Chicken Chick)

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/01/chicken-first-aid-kit-sick-bay-be.html?m=1

Battling Chicken Mites with Bags of Brimstone

https://entomologytoday.org/2016/07/18/battling-chicken-mites-with-bags-of-brimstone/

Worm, Mite, & Lice All In One Treatment For Chickens & Quail Ivermectin (video on how to apply Ivermectin to your chicken

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ExaWa2NG6M

 
To get rid of lice, mites and most internal worms use Noromectin. Get the oil based one and place a few drops on bare skin of the chicken such as under the wing, below the vent area, on the back or neck. Works for approx. 3-5 months. Do not eat eggs for a week or more. A good time is during the winter molt. Use with an eye dropper or small syringe.

The Chicken Vet (identify the mites, lice etc. and what to use to get rid of them- use of ivermectin etc.)

http://www.chickenvet.co.uk/health-and-common-diseases/mites-lice/index.aspx

Preventing and Treating Wry Neck in Chicks and Ducklings: (Fresh Eggs Daily)

http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2014/04/preventing-and-treating-wry-neck-in.html?m=1

How to Treat Frostbite in Chickens: http://www.poultrydvm.com/condition/frostbite

http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Frostbite-in-Chickens

Scaly Leg Mites in Chickens and Treatments: (The Chicken Chick)

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html

Bumblefoot in Chickens: Causes and Treatment with video clip (Chicken Chick)

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/search?q=bumble+foot

Bumble Foot Repair videos- part 1 & 2 (Vivienne Morgan- Facebook)

The Poultry Site Quick Disease Guide: ( The Poultry Site has many articles on poultry care)  http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/

Worming Chickens and Other Poultry: (ie geese & pheasants) Poultry Keeper.com

https://poultrykeeper.com/general-chickens/worming-chickens/

Chicken Diseases: Prevention and Diagnosis (Raising Chickens-a Guide to Everything Chicken) http://www.raising-chickens.org/chicken-diseases.html

Chicken Diseases You Need To Know About
https://farmingmybackyard.com/chicken-diseases/

Medications, Vaccines, Diagnostic Disease Chart (www.poultrysupplies.com)

http://www.poultrysupplies.com/index_files/Page398.htm


BREEDING POULTRY:

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Extensive Helpful Diagrams, poultry parts, charts, and lots of reading on breeding 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/343605/diagrams-poultry-parts-charts-and-lots-of-reading-updated-nov-13th

Ongoing Selection of Breeding Stock- Law Of Ten (American Livestock Breeds Conservancy) http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/ALBCchicken_assessment-3.pdf

UK AG Poultry Extension: Poultry/Turkey/Waterfowl/Pigeons Breeding (Links or Interests) http://www2.ca.uky.edu/smallflocks/Breeding.html

GMS11: Breeding for Type (Scratch Cradle/Genetics Mini-Series)

https://scratchcradle.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/gms11-breeding-for-type/

Ongoing Selection of Breeding Stock (The Livestock Conservancy)

https://livestockconservancy.org

Principals of Selective Inbreeding by W.A. Watmough http://web.archive.org/web

Using the Clan Mating System (www.TheModernHomestead.US )
-Harvey and Ellen Ussery
http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Clan+Mating.html

Watch “Genetics of colour and pattern in chickens” on YouTube

https://youtu.be/vWq_4t4LNLQ

Hobby Poultry: The Barred Gene

https://www.hobbypoultry.com/the-barred-gene-use-in-chickens/?

4-H Comparative Judging

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MJnWocWC-A&feature=youtu.be

Exhibition Poultry (helpful guide for 4-H and everyone else-includes breeds and categories) http://www.bantamclub.com/PDF/4-H%20Poultry.pdf

Punnett Squares help us determine the probability of inheriting a specific trait. #punnettsquare #genetics

Punnett Squares help us determine the probability of inheriting a specific trait. #punnettsquare #genetics:

HISTORICAL:

Historical: Feeding For Eggs 1909 – Dryden, James; Oregon Agricultural College.

http://hdl.handle.net/1957/3401

EC1441 Revised 1932 Practical Poultry Equipment  J.H. Claybaugh

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3567&context=extensionhist

EC1421 Revised 1938 Judging Six Common Varieties of Chickens H. E. Alder

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3551&context=extensionhist

Book: Practical Poultry Raising (Peace Corps, 1981, 225 p.)  http://www.nzdl.org/

History through the eyes of a chicken (TED-Ed)

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=297893410805369

WATERFOWL SITES:

Feeding Ducklings https://poultrykeeper.com/keeping-ducks-faq/feeding-ducklings/

GEESE BREEDER FLOCK MANAGEMENT http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y4359e/y4359e08.htm#bm08

Chapter 14. GOOSE DISEASES (Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CONTROL AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE

http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/Y4359E/y4359e0g.htm

Treating Angel Wing : (DVM)

http://www.duckdvm.com/condition/angel-wing?fbclid=IwAR1w8XvhuzC2ENKnMqFt_kOo-gffje3rAraDTsCzv2-eKSV4K1UtDEat04M

Celebrating the Goose: Raising Geese (Hobby Farms)

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/celebrating-the-goose-raising-geese-3/

Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs

http://www.localharvest.org/blog/16682/entry/duck_eggs_vs_chicken_eggs

HATCHING EGGS AND EGG SITES:

Hatching Shipped Eggs by Elizabeth White via Cheryl Shires

https://www.facebook.com/notes/friends-with-fowl/hatching-shipped-eggs-by-elizabeth-white-via-cheryl-shires/548615281826504

How to Hatch Chicken Eggs- Learn How to Take Care of Baby Chicks Before They’ve Hatched

http://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/poultry/chickens-101/how-to-hatch-chicken-eggs/

Incubating chicken eggs : your questions answered.

https://www.raising-happy-chickens.com/incubating.html

The Secret to Hatching Hens not Roosters! (Fresh Eggs Daily)

http://www.fresheggsdaily.com/2016/04/the-secret-to-hatching-hens-not-roosters.html

Hatching for Success ( The Livestock Conservancy)

https://livestockconservancy.org/images/uploads/docs/PoultryIncubation.pdf

The Importance of Humidity and Candling your Eggs: (EggToChick.com)

http://www.eggtochick.com/2014/02/27/the-importance-of-humidity-and-candling-your-eggs/

Chicken Embryo Development (www.PoultryHub.org)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PedajVADLGw

Hatching Chicks and Ducklings

http://www.small-farm-permaculture-and-sustainable-living.com/hatching_chickens.html

A chick with spraddle leg and a chick with bandaged legs.

How to Spot Problems of Newly Hatched Chicks Chicken Health For Dummies

https://www.dummies.com/home-garden/hobby-farming/raising-chickens/how-to-spot-problems-of-newly-hatched-chicks/

Egg Color Chart – Find Out What Egg Color Your Breed Lays (Backyard Chickens)

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/egg-color-chart-find-out-what-egg-color-your-breed-lays

How an Egg is Made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_D1qTNDyJc