Mark Valencia

Why You Need a Holding/Isolation Pen for Sick Chickens/Hens

One of the biggest infrastructure mistakes some people make when they first start keeping chickens is not building a holding or isolation pen at the same time as they build the coop and run. Holding/isolation pens are not often discussed in the mainstream when talking about keeping chickens or other types of poultry – I

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Forget Exercise or Diet & Make “What Others Think” Key to Get in Shape!

My wife's successful weight loss and fitness journey inspired me to write this article. Over the past 12 months, I've seen first hand how my wife transformed her body shape by shedding over 12 kgs (24 pounds) and improved her fitness level by using what "others think" as a motivational tool. Her outstanding achievement and transformation was amazing

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Build a Fire Pit & Bring Camping to Your Backyard!

Besides bringing that camping feeling to your backyard, having a fire pit can unleash many other positives. In this article, I want to chat in general terms about fire pits and what I like about them plus brush over a few points of consideration on cooking with wood fuelled fire. If you would like to know

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Grow a Box of Fruit & Vegetables to Give Away!

Giving and receiving is part of human nature no matter how hardened one has become it still feels good to give and most would say even better to receive gifts! However, if you really want to step up the giving and receiving feeling even more then do it with something you can eat and particularly something

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Are Chicken Treadle Feeders Any Good? Gravity Fed Vs Not

There are plenty of different types of chicken feeders on the market today some are good and some are very bad. One of the most popular types of chicken feeders is the treadle feeder and in this article I will explain my thoughts and recommendations on this particular type of feeder so if you are

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Adding a Thai Flavour to Home Cured & Grown Olives

I knocked this recipe up to flavour our cured olives last weekend from freshly grown ingredients out of our backyard and the taste was sensational so I thought I would share it with you in this short article. I can't say the herb/spice mix was my idea as to be honest I copied it from a mix I

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Small Round Galvanised Raised Garden Beds Are GREAT

I'm a total advocate for stand up vegetable gardening because as we age it tends to get harder to get down and even harder to get back up! That's where raised bed food gardening comes into play as a wonderfully convenient way to work in the patch without too much bending. I've also got several old injuries and

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Real Truth about Mite & Lice Treatment for Chickens or Other Poultry

Introduction Article updated on 17th October 2018. Over the years as a backyard chicken keeper and breeder, I’ve heard lots of claims and remedies for how to safely treat mites or lice on chickens and other poultry; such as products like ivermectin, Maldison 50, Permethrin (synthetic pyrethrum), Carbaryl (Sevin), pest powders, dipping solutions. Or, more

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New Dine-a-Chook PVC Chicken Feeder Design Would I Get One?

  According to the maker of Dine-a-Chook chicken feeders their new PVC feeder is much improved – or is it? This very popular selling chicken feeder seems to have had quite a substantial makeover with its new twist handle top lid for easy removal, moulded hooks for easy fixing to a wall or cage, and

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Can Sorghum Seed be Grown as Feed for Your Chickens?

I started growing sorghum by accident after it self-seeded in my vegetable garden. I’m positive the seed hitched a ride in the garden mulch I used recycled from our chicken pen. There’s nothing better on the garden and around plants than used mulch from the chicken pen mixed with manure!  Anyway, I decided to let a considerable

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10 Things You Can Do With Too Many Eggs

There are plenty of things you can do with a glut of eggs, here's 10: 1. Mayonnaise – It uses eggs as the base for the recipe so make a big batch! 2. Custard – Make your own custard from scratch (so much better and healthier than pre-made junk). 3. Cheese cake – Some cheese

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How To Stop Ducks Using Chicken Drinkers?

Duck proof chicken drinker If you keep a flock of mixed poultry like ducks and chickens you'll soon find out that even though you have a dedicated bucket for your ducks they will find their way to the chicken drinkers also and make a right mess! An easy fix to stop ducks from drinking (or

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Is It OK To Eat Fertilised Chicken Eggs?

Eating fertilised chicken eggs I've posed this "tip" as a question because I'm often asked "if I have a rooster will my eggs turn into chicks and are the eggs safe to eat?" As strange as this question may seem, it's actually a very good one because fertilised eggs can indeed start growing an embryo

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Dragon Fruit / Pitaya Trellis Support Tip To Stop Branch Drop

Support dragon fruit pitaya on a trellis instead of post Most people grow the vine-like dragon fruit cactus on a post for support; however, dragon fruit plants can tend to "bush out" and out-grow the post over time. This extra growth can then lead to the plant fracturing under its own weight and losing limbs,

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Beat Fruit Fly In QLD – Grow Winter Fruits

Some fruits to grow in winter to prevent fruit fly strike  Fruit fly in Queensland can become a real pain for the backyard grower turning beautiful fruit and vegetables into a rotten mess. However, there are ways to control this awful pest and one of the most effective but not often considered is growing crops best

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