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Making Your Bed

SHOUT IT OUT DESIGN/SHUTTERSTOCK

The litter you provide your flock in its coop, run, nest boxes or other enclosures isn’t just a luxury. Sufficient litter provides a secure foundation for chickens’ legs and feet, a soft landing for eggs, a way to gather droppings quickly and the ability to easily clean your birds’ housing. Here are a few of the more widely used bedding materials — plus a few nontraditional ones — and how best to use them.

Traditional bedding materials and nontraditional ones have their pros and cons, but your options are manageable.

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Hobby Farms March/April 2019, Annual Poultry Issue, Definitive Guide to Raising Worms, 5 Feeding tips for Rabbits, Grow Peanuts & Luffa Gourds, And More.......

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COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
It’s Hobby Farms’ annual poultry issue, and I’m writing
Rural news and advice from across the country
The Valais Blacknose Sheep Association of North America
Even though you probably run your tractor year-round
Barber’s pole worm is a major problem for keepers of
The Ayam Cemani is an unusual breed of chicken that
The litter you provide your flock in its coop, run
Bugs Bunny didn’t do the rabbit world any favors by
Are you thinking about adding ducks to your existing
When people ask why I raise chickens and pigs rather
Here’s a tip. When you hear that a muchsought- after
1. Carry long- and short-handled tools, drinks, a flat
Show us what makes your farm the best place to call home.
Email us the very best digital images of your small-farm
Hobby Farms
Develop a strong marketing plan to get the most out of your egg business.
The Slow Food Ark of Taste celebrates eight turkeys for the antique treasures they are.
The Combes family in California’s Central Valley turned a few acres of dirt into a successful multispecies hobby farm.
You’d be nuts not to try growing your own snacks.
Start a worm bin to convert your leftovers and organic materials into compost gold.
Provide safe and reliable pollen, nectar and water sources to boost your honeybee productivity and health.
Here are the top organic farming states.
Growing versatile luffa gourds pays off in home gardens and at farmers markets.