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Everything you need for your farm and ranch
More and more people are returning to their roots these days and incorporating the farm and ranch life into their own yards. You may not have dozens of acres of land, but you can keep backyard chickens, adopt a few goats or collect your own honey with beekeeping. We have everything you need, whether you're a homesteader or you have a professional working farm or ranch. Shop from our selection of beekeeping, livestock and chicken supplies along with the machinery and hardware needed to keep your farm or ranch running strong — all at Every Day Low Prices.
Chickens and other poultry: If you're thinking about keeping a handful of backyard chickens or you want a whole flock, there are some things you need to know. First, check the laws where you live to make sure it's legal. Some municipalities may have limits on how many chickens you can have, how many acres you must have or how many roosters you can have if you have hens. Speaking of roosters, you don't need one if you simply want eggs, but if you want to hatch some chicks, you'll need one rooster per eight or so hens. Your chickens also need a place to live. Whether you DIY with our hardware and equipment or buy a pre-made chicken coop, make sure you have four square feet of space for each chicken, along with space for them to roost and a place for nesting boxes. If you start with baby chicks, you'll need a heating lamp to keep them warm for the first few weeks of life. Keep in mind that hens typically only lay eggs for the first few years of their lives, but they can live up to 10 or more years. Finally, your chickens need special feeders and waterers that won't tip over when the flock gets rowdy. These are typically available in plastic and metal and come in a variety of sizes.
Beekeeping: If you plan to make your own honey or you'd just like to have bees around to keep your yard and garden pollinated, there's more to this hobby than you may think. Having the right supplies on hand is the best place to start. Of course, you'll need a hive, a hive stand and the bees, but beyond that you'll want to protect yourself from getting stung. A veil, gloves and a beekeeping suit are all recommended. For the actual art of keeping bees, you'll need a smoker, a hive tool, a bee brush and, eventually, an extractor if you plan to enjoy your bees' sweet honey.
Goats: People choose to keep goats on their farms, ranches and homesteads for a variety of reasons, ranging from enjoying fresh milk to keeping weeds and grass at bay. Check out our hardware and fencing selection for everything you need to build a secure shelter and pen for your goats. You need to keep them safe from predators and the elements. Make sure you learn which plants in your yard may be poisonous to goats, and remove them from your fenced area. Because goats eat quite a bit, you'll need storage containers for their food along with hay mangers, mineral feeders and food bowls. You'll also need buckets or bowls to keep plenty of fresh water available for your herd. Finally, you may want to put together a first aid kit for goats that you can use in the event of illness or injury. Talk to a livestock vet about problems goats are prone to, and ask for advice on what medications and tools you should have on hand.
Cows and other livestock: Whether you want a single milk cow for your family or an entire herd of cattle for your ranch, we also have the tools you need to get started with cows and other large livestock. You'll need a safe and secure fence surrounding a grazing area and a shelter. You'll also need a trailer for hauling your new animals. When you buy a cow, make sure the animal is healthy before you bring it home, especially if you're introducing it to a herd. A cow can eat a few percent in its body weight in food each day, so make sure you have plenty of food and fresh water on hand. Contact your livestock vet to find out if your cow will need any supplements.