Anyone who raises backyard meat birds for the freezer knows the routine. Place an order for 50 Cornish Cross hybrid chicks with the hatchery in late winter, pick them up as day old chicks on the appointed date in the spring and pop them under a brooder lamp. Three weeks later they go out into a pen and somewhere between the 6th and 10th week, they’re off to the packing plant.
But the cost of raising these fast-growing meat birds climbs [...]>> more
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Seed Buying Guide
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A compendium of the best and most interesting courses and conferences for small farmers.
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A hard lesson in labour law.
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