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Hen laying eggs in her nest.

So, you have a brooder full of adorable, chirping, fluffy, yellow baby chicks (or you're planning to get a brooder full), and as you keep them warm and watch them grow, you might wonder just how long until they grow up and begin to lay eggs for themselves? Besides the enjoyment of keeping hens as pets, the goal of many small-scale chicken owners is to obtain fresh eggs throughout the year. Happily, you shouldn't have to wait too long.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Samantha Johnson
Reasons to crate train your dog include the feeling of security a crate offers your dog, as well as the benefits it serves in the house training process and during an emergency evacuation.

A dog crate is an enclosed pen that is just large enough for a dog to stand up and turn around in. Dog crates can be made of plastic, soft materials, or collapsible metal. Professional dog trainers and veterinarians recommend crate training as one of the fastest and least stressful ways to mold desirable behaviors in dogs. Crates help satisfy a dog's instinct to be in a den. For wild dogs, a den acts as their home, their safe space, and their place to raise their puppies.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs Infographics By Tamara Franklin & Niege Borges
When puppies are teething, they want to chew on everything. Here's when you can expect teething to start and what you can do about it.

Congratulations on adopting a puppy! Now that you're caring for a little warm bundle of love, you'll want to prepare for each stage in your puppy's life. At some point, your puppy is going to chew on everything. But just when do puppies start teething? Puppies get their first set of baby teeth when they're very young, but their adult teeth come in around three to four months of age. It's important to help your puppy however you can during this time.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

How to raise baby chicks

4/9/2020 5:09 AM

Raising two baby chicks

Baby chicks! Even if your goal is to eventually own a flock of egg-producing hens, there is still something delightful about raising young chicks from "scratch" (pun intended). While some hens are willing to hatch and raise their own chicks, let's assume you're raising the baby chicks yourself—either chicks you've purchased or chicks from fertile eggs that you've hatched in an incubator. No matter how you got them, raising chicks is a rewarding experience. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Samantha Johnson
Check your airline's requirements before flying with your cat.

You might feel a little nervous when you're planning on traveling with a cat on a plane. How do you keep your sweet little furball safe? Will he feel scared? Do you take him in the cabin with you? There's a lot to consider when you're flying somewhere with your cat. As long as you plan ahead, pack travel supplies like bowls and cat food, and make sure you meet all your airline's requirements, you and your kitty will be just fine.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Working from Home with Pets

4/2/2020 6:24 PM

Working from home with a pet can be fun.

Working from home with your dog or cat can be a lot of fun, but it also brings some unique challenges. Your pet's role as a natural stress reliever is a godsend when work demands are testing your patience. But a pet's natural curiosity and excitement can be distracting. How can you run a professional work-from-home operation with a cat or dog in the mix? The secret is focused playtime during your breaks. If you can shower your pet with affection and energy a few times a day, working from home with your pet can be a real blessing.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Keep your cat safe and secure in a carrier that buckles into the car while you're driving.

Taking a road trip with your cat can be a cherished memory that lasts a lifetime, just as long as you plan ahead. If you're wondering how to travel with a cat in a car, it's not as hard as you might think. It just involves a little preparation and a sense of adventure. The key is to take some test trips first, help your cat get used to his carrier, and provide lots of encouragement and love.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Chickens roaming chicken coop.

Once upon a time, keeping chickens was much more common than it is now. Back when most families owned a horse and perhaps a dairy cow or two, it wasn't unusual to have a small flock of chickens as well. Because of this, a basic knowledge of chicken care was woven into the fabric of American life. Today, there is renewed interest in keeping chickens, but you might have questions about the basics that you didn't learn from your parents or grandparents: How much work are chickens? What might it cost to get into keeping chickens?

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Samantha Johnson
Chickens that have access to the outdoors can handle smaller-sized coops.

If you're raising chickens, one of the first questions you'll ask is, "How much space do my chickens need to be happy?" The ideal size of your chicken coop will depend on a lot of factors. How big are your chickens? Are they fully grown? Will they have an outdoor run? In general, it's better to provide too much space for your chickens rather than too little. Chickens can become a little cranky if they're cooped up too close for too long.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

3/19/2020 6:27 AM

Cats look like little angels when they sleep. And sometimes they can sleep a lot.

There's nothing cuter than seeing your sweet cat curled up in a tight ball, paws over his eyes, taking a quick "cat nap." Sometimes it may feel like your little furball is napping all day long. So why do cats sleep so much? If you think your kitty's sleeping an extra-long time, you're not imagining things. Cats tend to be most active at dusk and dawn, but they can still sleep 15 hours a day or more. This is a lot more than an average person sleeps every day. The reason your cat sleeps a lot is that he's saving up his energy for big hunts or playtimes with you.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
Traveling in a car with your dog can be a lot of fun.

Going on an adventure with your dog is one of life's great joys. Whether you're visiting family across the country or a state park a few hours away, taking a road trip with your dog can be a lot of fun. Unsure how best to travel with a dog in a car? Plan ahead. You'll want portable water and food bowls, a cargo or seat cover, and other little amenities that will make the journey a lot more fun. Below are some of the best dog car travel solutions.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

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