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How to Make a DIY Hanging Cabbage for Chickens - How to Entertain Chickens in Winter. Do you have a bunch of bored, out-of-shape chickens on your hands?

How to Make a DIY Hanging Cabbage for Chickens - How to Entertain Chickens in Winter

Then this could be the DIY solution you've been looking for. Chicken owners have been making their own hanging cabbages to place in their chicken coops or runs, which are designed to stimulate chickens' natural foraging instincts and help them get a workout by offering a challenging feeding source. They're especially useful during the winter when your chickens are all cooped up, so to speak. Courtesy of City Girl Farming It's actually super easy to make your own hanging cabbage; you just need to gather up a cabbage, a drill, and a piece of rope, according to a tutorial from the blog City Girl Farming, which calls the set-up a "low tech chicken gym. " Additionally, a forum on has some alternative DIY ideas, including using an apple corer, a metal coat hanger, and a landscape nail.

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Balcony. Beyond Feeders: 5 More Ways to Attract Hummingbirds. Traveling With Pets Safely. Recent research conducted by Volvo and The Harris Poll confirms what most of us already know — allowing your pet to ride and roam around in your car unrestrained is not a good or safe plan.1 The study showed that "free-range" pets in vehicles leads to an increase in unsafe driving maneuvers, driver distraction, and stress on both the animal and the driver.

Traveling With Pets Safely

A previous report by the same researchers suggested that 32% of pet parents have left a dog at home because they felt their car wasn't safe enough, and 77% of Americans believe people don't take vehicular dog safety seriously enough.2 Clearly, pet owners know better than they do, when it comes to traveling with furry companions. Why Allowing Your Pet to Ride Unrestrained in Your Car is So Risky The just-released study followed 15 drivers with dogs in their vehicles for more than 30 road hours.


Cats. How To Make Homemade Suet Cakes To Attract Birds. Snowball the Dancing Parrot Gives Clues to Why Humans Dance. In 2010, I featured an interview with Irena Schulz, founder of Bird Lovers Only, a bird rescue organization, and her dancing cockatoo, Snowball.

Snowball the Dancing Parrot Gives Clues to Why Humans Dance

Snowball was a patient of mine for many years, and he’s since become famous for his amazing dance moves. What’s perhaps most interesting of all is that Snowball seemed destined to dance. When Irena took Snowball in from his previous owner, who was no longer able to care for him, the man brought a Backstreet Boys CD with him. A certain song was Snowball’s favorite, his previous owner said, and when Irena played it for him, sure enough he started dancing to the beat. The previous owner said Snowball started dancing shortly after he got him and his dancing desires only increased, and grew more elaborate, over the years. Scientists Confirm Snowball Is Actually Dancing It’s long been assumed that most species other than humans do not dance, but Snowball suggests otherwise. Cockatoo Has Diverse Dance Moves Advertisement. The 9 worst mistakes a chicken keeper can make - Murano Chicken Farm.

We all make mistakes in life, and usually you just learn from it and move on.

The 9 worst mistakes a chicken keeper can make - Murano Chicken Farm

When it comes to chicken keeping mistakes though, some of them can be deadly. There are a lot of small chicken keeping mistakes like running out of feed and having to cook them something, or buying a waterer that's too small and having to fill it constantly. I'm talking about the big mistakes though...the ones chickens don't live through. I've made several of these mistakes over the many years that I've owned chickens. I've had predators I underestimated, health problems I missed, a coop that wasn't as secure as I thought and a kid that thought making sure all the chickens were in the coop at night was optional.

Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products for Pets. Today I have a very special return guest joining me to discuss the latest developments in the world of cannabis and hemp-derived products for pets — Dr.

Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Products for Pets

Robert Silver. Dr. Episode 99: Underground Chickens. Apple Cider Vinegar for Flea Prevention. By Dr.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Flea Prevention

Becker The potential for a flea infestation on your pet, and therefore in your home, is one of the unpleasant parts of pet ownership. Make Your Yard Tick Proof With These Easy Tricks To Avoid Lyme Disease. Looking For Relief From The Tick Epidemic? CDC Recommends Chemical That Keeps Them At Bay. Are Essential Oils the Answer for Your Pet? By Dr.

Are Essential Oils the Answer for Your Pet?

Becker Today I'm chatting with my good friend Dr. Melissa Shelton, a holistic veterinarian in Howard Lake, Minnesota. Dr. Shelton is also the owner and founder of animalEO Essential Oils. AnimalEO – Essential Oils Designed for Animals. These Bug Killers Won't Harm Your Kids or Pets. Pesticides are a bitter pill.

These Bug Killers Won't Harm Your Kids or Pets

Without them, our lawns and gardens could quickly become overrun by pests. When we use them, they pollute the soil and water and even the air we breathe. Eliminate Nasty Pet Odors Safely. (Tuesday, February 27th, 2019) - New Odor Removing Technology May Be The Solution to Chemicals in Air Fresheners D id you know that common air freshener's contain over 130 chemicals?

Eliminate Nasty Pet Odors Safely

It's true that many of these are harmless, but a few are known to be toxic to animals. 5 Popular Indoor Plants to Avoid Like the Plague. If you’re like a lot of pet parents, you’d love to fill your home with greenery, but are unsure which indoor plants are safe for dogs and cats.

5 Popular Indoor Plants to Avoid Like the Plague

Whereas some pets are utterly uninterested in sampling houseplants, others — especially cats — can’t resist a nibble or even a mouthful, so your concern is warranted. Actually, if you have cats that like to sample your houseplants, I recommend providing them roughage that is more palatable and safer than houseplants. You can do this in the form of cat grass, which is wheatgrass, or by offering fresh sunflower sprouts. Magic Gate Portable Folding Safe Guard [Exclusive] – The Pet Needs. Pet Hair Management. Pet hair here, there and everywhere is a part of life when you share your home with furry family members. But with that said, you don't have to resign yourself to living with fur-lined furniture, bedding, rugs or drapes. A small amount of pet hair around your home is to be expected, but there are many things you can do to keep the situation under control. This is obviously especially important for people who live in or visit your home who have allergies to pet hair and dander. 1.

Reduce the amount of hair your pet sheds — Preventing your pet's coat from shedding isn't possible, nor is it desirable because shedding is a natural and necessary function. However, you can do a lot to manage the amount of hair your pet deposits around your home with regular brushing or combing and by feeding a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate, fresh food diet with healthy amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

The Trendy Oil That's Often Misused in Pets. Healthy fats are a vital part of a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet for dogs and cats. Dietary fat contributes to your pet’s health and well-being in many ways: It’s a concentrated energy sourceIt makes up part of the membrane of cells and helps transport nutrients and other substances across the cell membraneIt produces metabolites that help control inflammationIt contributes to the formation of certain hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, as well as the formation of bile acids that aid in digestion and absorption of nutrientsIt acts as a mechanical barrier, insulating the body against heat loss, protecting internal organs and preventing excess water loss Facilitative and Functional Fats The concept of “good” and “bad” fats in the diet is much more relevant to human health than it is to the health of cats and dogs.

Whereas certain types of fat are associated with heart disease and stroke in people, the same does not hold true for companion animals. New Smithsonian Study Links Declines in Suburban Backyard Birds to Presence of Nonnative Plants. Insect-eating birds that depend on the availability of high-calorie, high-protein cuisine — namely caterpillars and spiders — during the breeding season to feed their young are finding the menu severely lacking in backyards landscaped with even a small proportion of nonnative plants, according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. This reduction of food availability has led to a decline in the breeding success and population growth of the Carolina chickadee, the study found.

“Landowners are using nonnative plants in their yards because they’re pretty and exotic, they’re easy to maintain, and they tend to have fewer pests on them,” said Desirée Narango, a graduate student researcher at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and first author of the study published Oct. 22 in PNAS. “But it turns out that a lot of those insects they see as pests are actually critical food resources for our breeding birds.

The paper’s third author is Douglas W. Neurological Alerts for Flea and Tick Products. The U.S. Heartworm Prevention for Pets. By Dr. Becker Recently, I ran across an article at another online pet health site that claimed to debunk common misunderstandings about heartworm disease. The first "misconception" the author set out to discredit was "Heartworm prevention isn't necessary year-round. " I thought to myself, "Here we go again…" What the author is suggesting is that all you misguided pet owners out there don't realize your furry family members should be on year-round, birth-to-death heartworm prevention drugs, no matter where you live, the time of year, the age of your dog (and sometimes, your cat), his size or health status.

Where Your Dog Lives Is the Most Important Consideration As justification for recommending year-round heartworm preventives to all dogs everywhere, the author explains that, "Although it's true that areas with a large mosquito population have higher incidences of heartworm disease, this condition has been diagnosed in all 50 states. "1. Store.petsafe. Intermittent Fasting Can Be a Godsend for Your Pet. By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker. The 10 Most Disgusting House Bugs and How To Get Rid of Them. Make Your Yard Tick Proof With These Easy Tricks To Avoid Lyme Disease. Looking For Relief From The Tick Epidemic? CDC Recommends Chemical That Keeps Them At Bay.

Gizmodo. Gizmodo. What You Need to Know as Lyme Exposure Sweeps Across the Nation. By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA; or more specifically, Merial, manufacturer of several flea/tick preventives) has designated April as Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs month.1 If you're a regular visitor here at Mercola Healthy Pets, you know I don't hit the panic button with the arrival of pest season like many in my profession do. While I certainly understand the dangers of parasitic disease, I don't feel the best way to approach the problem is to scare pet parents or hand out chemical insec­ti­cides like candy.

We live in the same environment our pets do, and have the same risks of many tick-borne diseases, yet we don't apply monthly pesticides to ourselves or to our human children every month, year round, as a means of prevention. The Horrid Signs of an Internal Fungal Infection. By Dr. Pet Urinary Tract and Bladder Health. FurryFreshness — The Last Pet Stain and Smell Remover You'll Ever Need. The Chickadee Bunch: All About Chickadees. Good News About Titer Testing for Your Pet. New Vet Procedure Advances Hope for GI Disease. By Dr. Pet Hygiene Mistakes That Many Owners Make - Do You? By Dr. Pet Allergy Supplement. According to a recent survey, over half of pet owners don’t realize seasonal allergies can make their dog or cat feel miserable – just like them. Non-toxic and Safe Pet Stain and Odor Remover. The Tricks Pet Food Makers Use to Replace Grains. By Dr. Bug Bites - Pictures to Identify Bug Bites and Bugs. Recommend Type of Canned Pet Foods.

How Food Makers Convince Your Pet to Eat the Inedible. Top 10 Plants For Swallowtails. Untitled. The Original Poopbags (9 Rolls): 1 Box - Mercola eCommerce. Cheap Ways to Protect Your Pet (and Home) From Fleas. Did Your Pet Fail House Training 101? This Could Be a Lifesaver. Pet Digestive Enzymes. 14 Cleaning Tips Every Dog or Cat Owner Should Know. Red and Eastern Wolves May Actually Be Coyote Hybrids. Study Finds 'Rollie Pollies' Remove Heavy Metals From Soil, Stabilizing Growing Conditions, Protecting Groundwater - ORGANIC AND HEALTHY. When You Buy Pet Food, Are You Being Pet Fooled? 11 Strategies for Do-It-Yourself Pest Control. Get Rid of Wasps, Woodpeckers and Flies. Eek! Is That A TICK On My Dog?! What Do I Do Now? DIY Natural Bug Spray!

Pet Boredom: Animal Companions Get Bored from Time to Time. 5-Minute Bird Feeders – MADE EVERYDAY. Food Bowl Sharing: Bad Idea for Households With Multiple Pets. Pets recipes ebook. New Study Reveals Sophisticated Dolphin Language. 7 Fascinating Facts About Opossums. MCFH S6E7 - HOME COVERED IN CAT PEE, FERALS OUTSIDE, TERRITORIAL INSECURITY — Spirit Essences Journal. How to Administer CPR to a Pet. 10 Tips for Caring for a Recumbent Pet. Claw Disease Symptoms in Pets. How to Get Rid of Mice. You've Been Trying To Kill Mosquitos All Wrong, This Simple Trick Will Save Your Summer.

From Best to Worst - My NEW Rankings of 13 Pet Foods. When This Elephant Heard Music, He Walked Over And Did Something That Surprised Us All. Professional Bull Riders - The PBR Says Goodbye to Mick E Mouse. How to Have a Mouse-Free House.