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Rachel Falco

Falcos Poultry By Rachel Falco Rachel Falco brings to her blog a vast understanding of raising poultry. She and her husband maintain a mixed species poultry flock for her sold-out C.S.A. and 20-acre homestead.   Her passion is for teaching others to become self-reliant, ...

3 Pointers to Raising Turkeys Well

Those who visit my farm immediately realize my affection for turkeys. They are, by far, my favorite bird. Extraordinarily social and affectionate, my turkeys outshine all of my other birds with their expressive personalities.Raising heritage breed turkeys for profit can seem unmanageable. ...

Hatching Your Own Chicks

Hatching out your own chicks using an incubator can initially seem to be a daunting task. My preference is to allow hens to hatch their own chicks, but you may want to use an incubator until you have a few great broody hens willing to do the work for you. In this case, a few pointers to go ...

Birdie Hygiene

We all enjoy a good bath, right? Well, your birds are no different. They enjoy preening, bathing and cleaning themselves as well. It is an important natural behavior which keeps your birds healthy and happy.Ducks bathingWaterfowlDucks, geese and other waterfowl bath similar to the way we bath, ...

Diagnosis: The Warning Signs of a Sick or Injured Bird

Observing your flock will equip you with the necessary insight to determining whether your birds are healthy or if they are ill. What to Watch For:• Decrease appetite or thirst • Abnormal poop (watery and wormy) • Dull feathers and color changes in feathers • Stained feathers around ...

When Bumblefoot Strikes

What is it?Bumblefoot is a staph bacterial infection which has penetrated, typically by a puncture wound or other significant injury, on your bird's foot. It causes the foot to swell, typically creates a nasty-looking scab and can lead to paralysis or even death.The Cause?Staph bacteria ...

Kickin’ Tail and Takin’ Names

Heritage breed birds have an immense amount of genetically passed down skills that are a resource for poultry-raisers to utilize. From parenting skills to foraging abilities to predator evasion, a heritage breed bird outshines their industrial breed counterpart.There was quite a hull-a-baa-loo ...

7 Steps to Stop the Bird Flu in Its Tracks

The bird flu is an infection which jumps. The avian flu virus can pass from wild birds such as ducks to say chickens laying eggs on a farm to people like you. As this virus makes its jump, it strengthens, becomes nastier, even deadly. It is very serious and should cause concern.I am a true ...

What Eggs-actly Do You Know About Eggs?

What really do you know about eggs other than they make a delicious breakfast? Well, Falco's Heritage Farm and Capper's Farmer are here to answer all your egg-related questions!Production of an egg typically takes about 11-1/2 days. Typically, enough hormone is released to develop only one ova ...

12 Herbs That Your Poultry Love That Love Them Right Back

1. BorageBorage is an herb which contains phyto-nutrients such as flavonoids, resveratrol, carotenoids and glucosinolates, minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and is high in vitamin C and A. It also contains a special Omega-6 fatty acid called GLA which plays a vital ...

Mommy, Where Do Eggs Come From?

Laying an egg is triggered by receiving adequate sunlight through a receptor in your bird’s eye which triggers hormone production mainly in the pituitary gland. The average amount of light required to begin egg production is about 14 hours. This is why your hens produce more eggs during the ...

Your Baby Ducklings And Goslings Have Arrived! Now What?

Ducklings & Gosling from HatcheryBaby ducks and geese are a joy to raise; at least for the first three days. Raising ducklings from the hatchery is a messy business indeed from day four through day twenty-eight. In my experience, ducklings and goslings are more fragile than baby chicks. ...

Help, My Birds are Naked

MoltingMolting is the process of shedding and re-growing feathers. Both female and male birds molt. During the molt, egg production and male fertility decrease or cease. The first molt doesn't occur until the birds are going through their second autumn as adolescence is the start of adult ...

Raising Heritage Breed Chickens for Meat

Raising heritage breed chickens for meat is difficult for a farmer to gauge timing of harvest. Currently the industry harvests birds at about 6 through 8 weeks of age. These super-sized industrial breeds grow very, very, very quickly. The industrial breeds such as the Cornish Cross are a ...

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