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Once hens start laying eggs, you can start offering treats. Treats, scratch grains and table scraps can be a fun way to spend time with the backyard flock.  Still, treats and foraging can be fun pastimes for the flock. If you'd like to offer treats and free-range time, here are a few tips to keep in mind.  Follow the 90/10 rule Limit treats to 10% of the diet. More treats than this can dilute the essential nutrients provided in the complete feed. Think of treats, kitchen scraps and scratch grains as candy for birds; fun to eat and a nice...

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Chickens will usually start laying their first eggs around 15-20 weeks. If you haven't yet found your first egg, you're likely experiencing a bit of "egg-ticipation." Hens are nearly full grown and, depending on breed and individual bird, the first egg is just around the corner. When pullets are nearing their first lay, their behavior changes. Signs it's time to prepare for eggs, include: Spending more time with the rooster Crouching for breeding Investigating the nesting area Preparing nesting boxes: If you covered or blocked off nest boxes for pullets, you can now remove the coverings and allow hens to explore...

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Starting a New Lawn The best seasons for starting a lawn are early fall or as early in the spring as possible. Annual weeds are much less aggressive in the early fall. The following are tips to start a new lawn. 1. Work and Level Soil Prepare a seedbed of approximately six inches of topsoil and slope it away from the buildings to allow for drainage. 2.Allow Soil to Settle Periodic soaking and drying will naturally settle the soil and provide a good firm seedbed. 3.Prepare Soil Surface for Seeding Loosen the top half to one inch of the soil...

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