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2015 State Fair of Texas

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Get your bags packed and your road maps ready – the State Fair of Texas® is just around the corner, bringing you an all-access pass to Texas-sized fun! A celebration of all things Texan, the State Fair encourages visitors to explore the great Lone Star State and all it has to offer. A combination of entertainment, […]

Chickens and Molting

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Molting is the process wherein hens lose feathers and grow new ones. It occurs naturally after 10 to 14 months of production, or it can be caused accidentally by temperature extremes, running out of feed or water, a decrease in light, or disease. Hens will not lay eggs during a molt. Molting gives birds a chance […]

Texas Deer Hunting Regulations

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Deer hunting in Texas is a popular pursuit, governed by the regulations set forth by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Hunters have their choice of white-tailed deer or mule deer to hunt in the Lone Star State. Read ahead to find out more about Texas Deer Hunting Regulations.  Licenses Texas law requires that every […]

Chickens & Culling

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

If you don’t want to wait through a molt, you can cull non-laying birds and replace them. Culling is the removal of birds in your flock that are not laying or developing as they should. If the bird is not sick, it is perfectly suitable for home cooking. You should always cull lame or sick […]

Egg Production in Hens

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Healthy hens will begin laying at about 18 to 20 weeks of age. It is not necessary for a rooster to be present for egg laying to start, but without a rooster, all eggs will be unfertilized. Hens will be at peak production at about 30 weeks. Excellent production would be considered 80 percent to […]

Chicken Chat: Why do hens stop laying?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

LIGHT: Many things can cause hens to stop laying eggs, but the primary reason is decreasing day length. Hens need a minimum of 17 hours of daylight to sustain strong production. If you don’t provide your hens with supplemental light, they will naturally stop laying eggs when daylight drops below 12 hours per day. Hens may […]

3 – 7 Month Chickens

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Keeping chickens, 3 months  Chickens become sexually mature between 4 and 6 months of age. With proper care and excellent nutrition the first egg is laid soon. You should still be feeding Purina® Start & Grow® Recipe to your birds. A layer diet should not be fed until 18 weeks of age because of the high calcium […]

2015 Texas 4-H Roundup

Monday, April 27th, 2015

This year’s Texas 4-H Roundup comes to College Station, Texas at Texas A&M University on June 8-11, 2015. Texas 4-H Roundup is a qualifying and invitational event for youth between the ages of 11 and 18 that have successfully placed in a qualifying event at the district level or signed up to compete in an invitational event […]

6 Week Old Chicks

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Keeping chickens, week 6 Between 6 and 8 weeks of age, your chicks will be much larger and will need twice the amount of floor space they started with. It’s also time to start thinking about moving your chicks from the brooder to more permanent living quarters outside. If the temperature is mild and the chicks […]

Horse Care: Managing Spring Turnout

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Spring has sprung and green pasture is coming on like gangbusters in most parts of the country. For most of us, this is good news because green grass relieves some pressure of searching for quality hay at a reasonable price. Of course, with the rising cost of fertilizer, it may be hard to decide which […]

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