Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream

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Let’s face it. One reason many of us keep backyard farm animals is because we want to decrease our levels of unintentional chemical residues that make it into our food stream.  Continue reading Keeping Drug Residues Out of Your Foodstream

Controlling Mites in the Henhouse

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Mites

Basic livestock management requires you to know what types of parasites are possible in your flock, knowing what measures you can take to keep them at bay, and knowing what to do if, despite your best efforts, you manage to get a parasitic infestation.

The easiest and more important step in preventing parasites is Continue reading Controlling Mites in the Henhouse

How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?

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Thank you all for attending the 5th Annual Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour! We had about 1,000 attendees and it was a huge success!

In the upper right corner of this blog, under the page Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour, you will see some new pages we prepared for the tour. We will continue to add to this throughout the week with pictures and videos.

If you haven’t done so already, either follow this blog, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to get your name into the drawing for a dozen duck eggs. Continue reading How was the coop tour? Did you get your name in the drawing for free eggs?

Yellow Yolks

picture of eggs with very yellow yolksOne of the wonderful aspects of farm-raised eggs is the lovely yellow yolks. A free-ranged egg yolk stands up (because they are fresher) and the yellows are more colorful then industrial eggs with their so-often pale yellow yolks.

If you buy farm eggs, you know this to be true, but have you ever wondered why? Continue reading Yellow Yolks

Blue Genes

Blue Copper Marans rooster with splash and blue hens
Blue Copper Marans rooster with splash and blue hens

One of the long-term goals here at BuzzQuack is to get a breeding program in place. Right now, we are experimenting with Swedish Flower Hens and Australian Spotted ducks.

We will likely abandon the Swedish Flower Hen project because keeping a rooster in the city is too difficult. But, we have high hopes for the Australian Spotted duck project. We’ll talk more about Aussies at a later date. Today, we want to talk about breeding for the color blue, which is one of three Aussie colors. Continue reading Blue Genes

BuzzQuack’s Smallest Egg!

After Thursday’s Most Magnificent Egg, something crazy happened in the coop.

I don’t know what the other hens were thinking, but apparently there’s a competition going on between the hens. So, exactly one day after the large egg was laid (it was 7.5 cm tall by 4.5 cm wide and 3.8 ounces) one of the hens deposited the tinsiest egg ever. Continue reading BuzzQuack’s Smallest Egg!

So a duck, a goose, and a swan walk into a bar one day…

Science and off-color humor often go hand-in-hand. Ya ever notice that?

Ever wonder what he’s so proud of?

Earlier in the summer, I discovered something in my duck pond. It had been 3 weeks since the last cleaning, so the thing was between 1-day and 3-weeks old. The best way I can describe it, was like some sort of disembodied bladder or something. It was so curious and unidentifiable; I had to call a friend over to examine it with me. It was clearly some sort of internal living tissue at some point, but where did it come from? What was it? It wasn’t otherworldly, but rather oddly internal. Continue reading So a duck, a goose, and a swan walk into a bar one day…