Rooster Nutrition – It Isn’t All About the Hens

a rooster

What Do I Feed My Rooster? It wasn’t very long ago that the primary focus of most poultry flocks, including backyard flocks, was the egg!  To maximize egg production, we focused heavily on hen nutrition.  If your flock had a rooster, his specific nutrient needs probably weren’t top priority and he was usually fed the […]

Heritage and Other Popular Rabbit Breeds

Netherlands Dwarf Rabbit

When thinking about purchasing your first rabbit, breed selection should be at the top of your list of considerations. Rabbits come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re raising rabbits for fun or profit, there is a breed out there that is perfect for you. It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the world of rabbit […]

Are Essential Oils Good for Chickens?

woman pouring henhouse reserve chicken feed from a scoop into a feeder

Whether you are new on your poultry-keeping journey or you have been keeping birds for decades, raising backyard chickens can bring so much enjoyment and reward to your life.  As backyard poultry keepers, feeding our chickens can be as easy or as in-depth as we choose.  With so many options on the market today, it […]

Do I Need to Heat My Coop in the Winter?

chicken in chicken coop in the winter

With the fall season in full swing, many of us are getting ready for the cold winter months. I am often asked about heating coops in the winter. Long story, short – I personally do not heat my coop in the winter and I generally do not recommend heating coops in the winter. Let’s talk […]

What are the Differences Between Sheep and Goats?

sheep and goats eating grass on pasture

It is easy to see the similarities between sheep and goats. They are both small ruminants and look similar to each other in size and weight. They can also have similar mannerisms and personalities. To the untrained eye, they seem to be almost the same, right? Actually, sheep and goats are very different in many […]

Nutritional Needs of Ducks and Geese

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As backyard poultry flocks expand and the types of poultry that we love become more diverse, you may wonder about the unique nutritional requirements of ducks and geese. Most ducks and geese are omnivores. The vast majority of their nutrition comes from their feed and plant sources. However, they will eat insects, fish, and other […]

Can You Feed Layer Feed to Ducks?

two ducks walking in grass

We receive this question quite frequently at Kalmbach Feeds®. The answer is yes, in most cases. Ducks do have some unique nutritional requirements, but most of those unique requirements are necessary while they are growing. Once ducks reach sexual maturity, they can usually be fed the same thing as your chickens. Let’s dive a little […]

Can Chickens Eat Fish? The Complete Guide

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Are you looking to add protein, calcium, and other nutrients to your flock’s feed? This article has everything you need to know about feeding fish to your chickens.  In this article, you’ll learn the benefits and risks of feeding fish to your chickens, the best and worst species to feed, and how to safely prepare […]

7 Items to Include in Your Chicken First-Aid Kit

barred rock black and white chicken up close

Keeping chickens is a wonderful practice, and the entertainment that they provide is priceless. The vast majority of the time, keeping chickens is pretty easy. When provided with a good quality, complete feed and access to a safe and dry coop, they are generally very easy keepers. However, anytime that you are keeping live animals, […]

Goat Management: Maintaining Wethers and Easy Keepers

brown and white boer goats on pasture

Diets are hard. Diets are especially hard when you have soft little muzzles begging you for treats. As difficult as it is, managing your herd so that they don’t become overweight is just as important as managing your herd so that they don’t become underweight. Over conditioning can cause a myriad of issues ranging from […]