Author Archives: PaulRagsdale

Laying Chickens 🐔

Many hens lay their first egg around 18 weeks of age and then lay up to an egg each day, subject to breed, environment and individual bird. At 18 weeks, switch to a complete chicken layer feed to provide the added … Continue reading

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BOURBON RED TURKEYS ON METRO EAST FARMS SOON

Metro East Farms on May 9th we made an order with Cackle Hatchery®. We wanted something different than most others and we also wanted turkeys that could mate naturally which some breeds have to be bred artificially, so we decided … Continue reading

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FIXING FENCE LINES – GOATS

They say if it doesn’t hold water, it wont hold a goat, and that is pretty much true. When I put up my fence around 1/8 of a acre the land goes up and down with the terrain. We had … Continue reading

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Stuck Ducks in Shells?

Many beginners want to assist a hatching duckling far too early. Hatching takes a long time. A normal hatch takes at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours after pipping. Here’s what the hatching process looks like and the … Continue reading

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Ducks Hatching on Metro East Farms

Our eggs are staring to hatch. American Peking and Black Swedish ducks, so far we have 5 out of the shell with more scheduled in the next 2 days.

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REAL SAVINGS IN FEED AND BEDDING (Cost Control)

We often learn cost cutting when it comes to animal care BUT there are good ways and bad ways and the bad ways can cost you money and break your back my hopes here is to save you money and … Continue reading

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Metro East Farms UPDATED!

I started “Team Fat Boyz” around 2009 just as a fishing team back when I was 325 lbs. We did that for awhile when I thought about all the seniors who were in nursing homes or their own homes that couldn’t … Continue reading

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CONSTIPATION IN NEWBORN AND YOUNG KIDS

Constipation in newborn and very young kids is a common condition that most producers seldom consider. Premature newborns are good candidates for this problem but full-term kids can also suffer constipation. I see the problem more often in hot weather … Continue reading

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WARNING! Poisonous Snake Birthing Season

With temperatures starting to rise we have already begun to see signs of snakes such as the wife seeing a garter snake. Copper Heads, Rattlesnakes (Diamond, Black Diamond, Western Diamond, Eastern Diamond, Prairie, Mojave, Tiger and Timber Rattlesnakes), Cottonmouth (water … Continue reading

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Farm Detail Begins

We will be working out here hard this week a few things we are catching up on since we can not visit nursing homes with the COVID-19 Virus going on. There are allot of things to catch up on. We … Continue reading

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