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Ron Main: I made laundry soap for years. It works great, and helps keep your drain pipes clear, too.

Chris Immel: I've never been able to get grated soap to fully dissolve. Instead, I just use colorless dishwashing liquid soap, some borax, and some washing soda or baking soda.


"How to Build a Hay Feeder for Smaller Livestock"

by Suzanne Cox

Goats, sheep, and other small livestock often require special consideration when it comes to hay feeders. Cattle rings and standard bunk feeders are too large and cumbersome to be practical for the small-livestock farmer. Special hayracks and bunk feeders designed for such animals are often hard to find--and very expensive. Using these simple instructions, you can build a 4-foot hayrack with a bunk-type feeder for less than $80 with all new material. (Dig through your scrap pile and repurpose materials for even larger savings.) This hayrack will accommodate up to 1 1/2 square hay bales, and is designed for easy accessibility for both lambs and adult sheep. It's also the perfect size for goats, ponies, and miniature horses.

We'll break down this hay feeder into three main sections, detailing the individual steps along the way. You'll construct the top hayrack, then the bunk feeder, and finally the foundation.

Learn how to build a well-designed hay feeder for your small livestock at

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"Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter"

There's nothing quite as amusing as seeing a chicken come out of the coop on that first cold and snowy morning of the year. More often than not, the flock will rush out the door only to turn tail and rush right back in again.

It can be tempting to keep your hens inside the coop all winter, where it's warm and dry, but fresh air is just as important, if not more so, even in those very cold months.

It's true that some chicken breeds are hardier than others, but, luckily, there are a few things you can do to protect your entire flock when temperatures drop down to the single digits.

--from Simple Living Country Gal by Tracy Lynn


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