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Huacaya Alpacas
Huacaya Alpacas

Home /Animal Care / Alpacas /Huacaya AlpacasUse: Farmers normally raise Huacaya (pronounced wah-KI-ya) alpacas for their fiber, which is short, dense, crimpy and gives a woolly appearance. Like the Suri alpaca, the Huacaya alpaca is prized for its thick, soft fleece–it’s been known for centuries as “The Fiber of The Gods.

Mycoplasmosis in Chickens
Mycoplasmosis in Chickens

Home /Animal Care /Mycoplasmosis in ChickensMycoplasmosis is a respiratory disease caused by a bacterial infection.Mycoplasmosis SymptomsThe symptoms, which are slow to develop, resemble the symptoms of a standard respiratory infection: Watery eyes, dirty nostrils, coughing and sneezing. It also causes decreased egg production, lowered fertility and decreased hatchability.

Livestock Fencing: How to Plan and Invest for Your Farm
Livestock Fencing: How to Plan and Invest for Your Farm

PHOTO: JPMATTH/FlickrFencing is a necessary investment for any farmer who plans to keep livestock, including small ruminants and poultry. It serves two main purposes: containing animals and protecting those animals from predators. Choosing the right fencing system for your operation requires strategic planning to ensure you get the most of your investment now and in the future.

6 Ways to Start a No-Till Garden from Scratch - Hobby Farm
6 Ways to Start a No-Till Garden from Scratch - Hobby Farm

Home /Uncategorized /6 Ways to Start a No-Till Garden from ScratchPHOTO: ShutterstockThere is a growing amount of interest in no-till market gardening, but the question often arises: How do you start a garden from say, pasture, without plowing and tilling it?Some no-till growers will tell you they don’t do that—they do a “one-time tillage” and then never again.

Learn to Responsibly Raise Monarch Butterflies
Learn to Responsibly Raise Monarch Butterflies

PHOTO: Susan BrackneyMonarch butterflies have been dealt a real blow over the past few decades. Extreme weather, the logging of their overwintering habitat, lack of milkweed and humans’ increased reliance on pesticides are largely to blame. To help, I’ve planted plenty of native milkweed—the monarch butterfly’s host plant—on my land.

How to Use 37mm Conversation Lens With Your iPhone4/4s
How to Use 37mm Conversation Lens With Your iPhone4/4s

1This is what you need. Please check the supplies tab.2Make sure your camera case comes with a 37mm lens mount to attach the lens.3Insert you iPhone into the camera case.4Here& 39;s a picture taken with the iPhone4 without any conversion lens attached.5Now attach the wide-angle lens.6Picture taken with the iPhone4 with wide-angle lens.

How to Make Bachelor-Style Kerala Chicken Fry
How to Make Bachelor-Style Kerala Chicken Fry

1Load some driving guitar-driven alterna-rock into the listening device of your choice and commence to dance violently.2Fix yourself a stiff drink! This is a Boccie Ball. I like it strong, like about half and half. Later on in prep, you might want to switch to something cheaper.3Make your curry powder with all seven dry spices, then add 2 tsp salt.

Setting Up Urban Chicken Coops
Setting Up Urban Chicken Coops

PHOTO: Creative CoopsMany cities—Seattle; Madison, Wisconsin; New York City; Albuquerque—are welcoming chickens in residential backyards, but as with any enterprise in our complex world, raising chickens is subject to a variety of local zoning and land-use laws and regulations.In keeping chickens, one of your first considerations should be where they’ll live once you get them to your backyard.

The Striped Cucumber Beetle & Its Craving For Your Cucurbits
The Striped Cucumber Beetle & Its Craving For Your Cucurbits

Home /Gardening /The Striped Cucumber Beetle & Its Craving For Your CucurbitsPHOTO: Scott Bauer/USDA Agricultural Research ServiceAlthough the cucumber beetle is a pest commonly known among gardeners, there are actually several various cucumber beetle species that have different physical appearances and behavioral patterns, meaning that each species requires a unique treatment approach.

Quick Guide: 10 Natural Fertilizers to Improve Crop Production
Quick Guide: 10 Natural Fertilizers to Improve Crop Production

PHOTO: Susy Morris/FlickrThese 10 fertilizers come from natural sources and can help improve the fertility of your soil and the nutrition of your crops. Before you add a fertilizer—natural or otherwise—to your garden bed, it’s advised that you have your soil tested for nutrient levels and pH.It’s especially important to know the pH level before adding phosphorous fertilizers because phosphorous is only available at a fairly limited pH range.

Organic ... and Mosquito Free
Organic ... and Mosquito Free

Home /Gardening /Organic … and Mosquito FreeOrganic gardeners and farmers know that they can save money and help the environment by cultivating rain gardens or collecting rainwater in barrels or other receptacles, but some people fear that conserving water in these ways will form active breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

How to Make Cute Heart Button Earrings
How to Make Cute Heart Button Earrings

1All of the products I am using for this have been purchased on eBay2So first of all you need to choose which buttons you want to use, you can use any but will have to measure them to see what size jump rings will be suitable for them34Then when you have chosen your buttons, attach one of the larger jump rings through one of the holes like shown in the next picture56When you have completed that, it should look something like this78Once that is complete, you need to start making the dangly parts with the small jump rings910The next stage can be a little tricky, you need to open one of the small jump rings(you can use pliers or tweezers to open them if you find it a little hard)11You then need to attach the open jump ring to a closed one and then close the first ring over to make a long row, repeat this to the desired length12So for my first button I attached 9 small rings to the large ring with my button on the end131415So I kept adding an extra 2 as I go1617Until they looked something like this.