Michael Ford

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Build Your Own Brooder – Holds 50 Chicks

Brooding and Growing Chicks We came across this handy guide from the University of Missouri MU Extension, just in time for this year’s spring chickens to start arriving.  The guide is part of a series dedicated to keeping small flocks.  This installment talks about the physical space you build for brooding. How much space should […]

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How to Collect Soil Samples for Lab Testing

Taking soil samples for testing

Taking Samples of Your Soil Several members of the Grow Network have expressed interest in learning about the specific nutrient content, pH, and composition of their garden soil.  Some people are just generally curious about the fertility and overall health of their soil… Others are concerned about contamination from old building materials, chemical run-off, and […]

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3 Methods for Brooding Chicks, with Temperature Requirements

Brooding Chickens and Quail Poultry and game bird producers realize that chicks must be kept warm or brooded during the first weeks of life. Surprisingly, improper brooding is one of the most common causes of stress in poultry flocks. Three basic methods are used to brood chicks. 1.  Spot Brooding – The chicks have localized […]

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Microbes 2.0 – A Tiny Manifesto

Scientist examining a leaf with a microscoper

I have struggled with the prospect of sterilization. Not sterilization of myself, as in vasectomy; but sterilization of other things, as in antibiotics and antiseptics. The whole idea of sterilizing feels like a bad idea to me. It’s apparent to me that not everyone agrees with me on this, to say the least. As a […]

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10 Tips for First Time Veggie Gardeners

One of the biggest perks of working for a nursery that specializes in organic vegetable gardening is that I get to talk to new veggie gardeners all the time. People approach me every week and say something along the lines of, “We’re new to this. We’re putting in a vegetable garden for the first time […]

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Ferment Your Feed for Healthier and Happier Chickens

We have had several recent articles about growing chicken fodder here at Grow Your Own Groceries. Sprouting fodder for your chickens to eat is a great way to diversify their diet, and it is also a great way to increase the overall health and immune strength of your flock.  Leslie Parsons provided a long list of seeds […]

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