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Snap! Build a Weasel Trap to Protect Your Poultry

It’s another idyllic evening on your patch of rural heaven. Tired from a long day, you drop off to the Land of Nod, but all is not peaceful in the kingdom this night. A feathered commotion shatters your slumber. What could it be? Grabbing the flashlight, and perhaps your trusty scattergun, you plunge into the inky darkness to defend your livestock. Needless to say, mayhem ensues and your light reveals your worst fears. A weasel has been on a murderous rampage. What do you do when nature invades the coop? Bite back!

Few wild creatures have the reputation for barnyard mayhem that the tiny weasel does. A member of the mustelid family, it shares the same bloodlust as its cousins the mink and wolverine. Tipping the scales at just a few ounces and barely a foot long, this tiny hunter is well-equipped for relentless pursuit of a meal. Slim and slinky, it is astounding the cracks they can crawl through to get at a rabbit hutch. Poultry fencing is no barrier either, and they can find a way into any building.

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Tips to Boost Egg Production

Brown and white eggs found at an outdoor market in NYC.

Fresh eggs sold at outdoor market in New York City.

by Kelly Klober

The fruit of the hen is one of the great staples of the human diet and is one of the major pillars of the local foods movement. Based on the many questions I have received, one of the great challenges now is how to put available poultry genetics to use for best possible results.

Every hen needs to produce just two fertile eggs each year to maintain her lineage. Beyond that point, factors such as breeding, nutrition and bird comfort and well-being will determine the productivity of the birds. Continue Reading →