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Preserve the Harvest Giveaway 2022

Enter for your chance to win this package valued at $930! Read More

Secrets of Raising Katahdin Sheep
May 18, 2022 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By John Kirchhoff – For many people, mentioning hair sheep evokes either “I wouldn’t have anything else” or a “No way would I have them” response. My wife … Read More

Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
May 16, 2022 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may … Read More

Goat Journal May/June 2022
April 6, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Goat Journal May/June 2022 is in homes April 21st, but digital and All-Access members can read it NOW! Subscribe to Goat Journal for great stories on giving injections and vaccinations, avoiding goat scams, the controversy of dehorning, and the best dairy goat breeds. PLUS: do herbal dewormers really work? Read More

Goat Journal is 100 Years Old! Celebrate by Entering our Giveaway.
December 30, 2021 · · Giveaways

Enter our giveaway contest now! New prizes announced here every month. Read More

Breed Profile: Poitou Goat
May 18, 2022 · · Goat Breeds

Poitou goats are known in France as native to the Marais Poitevin, in the ancient province of Poitou, western France. A popular legend claims that goats were left by Arab warriors after their defeat in 732 at the battle of Poitiers. Read More

Backyard Poultry June/July 2022
April 25, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry June/July 2022 — 17/3 is in homes May 12th but digital and All-Access subscribers can read it NOW! Subscribe to Backyard Poultry for great stories on Avian Flu 2022, summer pests in chickens, improving a home egg business, and Swedish Flower Hens. PLUS: Erminettes, a breed previously thought to be lost! Read More

Our Coolest Coops Photo Contest is Back!
April 25, 2022 · · Coops,Giveaways

Grand Prize Winner will receive a Chicken Door with solar panel, Automatic drink stick with cups, Pressure reducing valve, 20 lb. hanging feeder, Wonder Grubs, 100 decorative egg cartons, and prominent placement in the August/September 2022 issue of Backyard Poultry. Read More

Bird Flu 2022: What You Should Know
February 23, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Highly lethal and easily transmitted, this particular strain of influenza can cause severe illness, especially in chicken and turkey flocks. The resulting mortality losses can reach 75 to 100% within days. Read More

Do Foxes Eat Chickens in Broad Daylight?
May 18, 2022 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Do foxes eat chickens? You bet they do. That said, I never worried about the presence of a family of red foxes in the woods next to … Read More

Backyard Beekeeping April/May 2022
February 24, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Beekeeping April/May 2022 — 2/2 is available now! Subscribe to Backyard Beekeeping for great stories on different types of comb, how to move hives, teaching children not to fear bees, natural queen rearing, and human uses for bee pollen and venom. PLUS: Officer Darren Mays, a retired policeman who conducted swarm removals for the NYPD! Read More

What do Mason Bees Pollinate?

Most Osmia mason bees are generalist pollinators, foraging on a wide variety of plants. As a rule of thumb, Osmia prefer tube-shaped blossoms or flowers with irregular shapes. Some of their favorites are various mints, penstemon, scorpionweed, and willows. They also like legume family plants such as indigo bush, clover, and vetch along with composites such as thistles. Read More