Stop! Nature Wants You to Have These Life Hacks

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We all know that nature has equipped its members with some pretty ingenious survival resources. Unfortunately, as we remove ourselves from the wisdom and ways of the earth – we lose some important skills. Nature combines the spiritual with the practical. It’s time to take a seat and learn a few things from our “mother earth.” “In the beginning of …

What is a Heritage Breed and Why You Need to Know

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We’ve all heard the saying “what’s old is new again.” This is as true in the chicken world as on the fashion runways. The chickens that turned over great-great-grandpa’s compost before settling their eggs into straw nests are now returning to do the same for our backyards and farms. Heritage breed birds, and other livestock, were developed to fit into …

Want to Know the Secret for Healthier Hair? It’s in Your Salad

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Who isn’t familiar with this star of the guacamole dip? The same healthy fats that add richness to avocado dishes are also amazing natural moisturizers for hair. Olive oil, coconut oil and argan oil are renowned for their abilities to penetrate into hair follicles. But…it’s time to add avocado oil to this category of natural moisturizers! This famous tree fruit …

Hit the Dirt! It’s Composting Time

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Black Thistle Farm is proud to share another great post from Chubby Mealworms!   The earth is waking up and the trees are stretching their sleepy arms to the sun. Whew. Winter is over. But work is just beginning. Songbirds are nesting, flowers are budding and the chickens are laying. Chubby Mealworms is busy providing those critters their snacks so …

Black Thistle Farm Launches Revolutionary Feed – With Seabuck 7!

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Finally!   Your favorite “backyardchickentalk” flock are thrilled to announce that their artisanal line of poultry feed and supplements is ready to ship! • Your chickens can’t wait. The sea buckthorn grain supplement with seed selections is in stock and ready to tempt your birds. Find the unique supplement here. • Sea buckthorn powder is added to our premium line …

Got Kids? Raise Chickens!

blackthistle@celticweb.com Chicken Humor, Chickens, Fowl Play Products, Raising Chickens

It’s time to thank the fun folks at Fowl Play for their cool chook toys, treats and new blog. Don’t forget to visit their online homestead and see what’s cluckin’ over there. Here is a post on kids raising chickens! “What in the heck is a Chicken Swing?” Pierre and Delphine’s chicks love their . Find out what these two …

Sea Buckthorn Shows Promise Against Avian Influenza

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Avian influenza (bird flu) is a deadly disease that we do not want brought into our flocks! Most outbreaks occur in industrial agriculture (surprise), so do not visit those types of facilities. Because it is a virus (that mutates with great speed), antibiotics have no effect. Read this post that I produced for Seabuck 7. I think you will be …

“Chubby’s” Chicken Breeds! It’s Time for Silkies

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Chubby Mealworms loves chickens! This foundation breed of chicken can be summed up in one word – cute! Silkies are very cute. Everything about this breed revolves around fluffiness! They are irresistible. Just like any other breed Silkies appear like soft Persian kitties…but they are all chicken. The cocks crow with manly intent, and the hens often rise to the top …

It’s Training the Rooster Time! Rehabbing “Vinny”

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Rooster Training Case Study I would like to introduce you to a young fellow named Vinny. He lives with his new family and all was going well…until… Vinny discovered he had some hidden skills. All cockerels spar with their buddies, and with un-amused hens. This play behavior teaches the birds how to relate to others, what is acceptable in society …

Spring is Here! Don’t Forget to Feed the Birds

blackthistle@celticweb.com Chicken Humor, Chickens, Chubby Mealworms, Coop Crunchies, Garden, Nature, Raising Chickens, Uncategorized, Wild Birds

Well, it looks like an early spring up here at Black Thistle Farm. The crocus are up and the pond fish are already spawning. Wow! Nesting season means it’s time to feed our wild bird friends. Songbirds are building their homes and they need extra energy as activity ramps up. You may notice your suet cages emptying with great speed …