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Have a small flock of four hens. All are 2-1/2 years old and have been together since birth. Recently three of the hens have "turned" on the fourth and appears they won't be satisfied until she's gone. They will not let her eat or drink in their presence. Any ideas?

I have a major bat infestation in the roof of my house. I have identified the areas where wood trim has shrunk with age and is available for the bats to enter and exit. I want to preserve the bat population, but want them out of my house! I have heard that mid August is the time to shut...

I'm currently a student at OSU and during one of my soil digs in my back yard my wife found a rock and she has since been wanting to know what it is and can't figure it out. Just curious if anyone can tell me from a far what type of rock this is? It is not magnetic but is fairly heavy for its...

Do you know where I can go to find out about various coastal towns' emergency preparedness and directions for evacuation in the event of a tsunami?

I find what I enjoy to be contrary to what most people enjoy...a flat green grass lawn...However, I am uncertain what to do as a do-it-your-self, low-maintenance, NATIVE alternative. so Im currently researching things like fountain grass borders...clover for a lawn alternative...things...

We live in a large condominium between NW Naito Parkway and the Willamette River. Our property extends to the banks of the river. Our landscaper has been using a diluted version of glyphosate to control weeds on the property and blackberry vines along the edge of the river. We have LOTS...

I have been reading articles from several "reputable" sources about yams & sweet potatoes. The problem is they contradict each other as to how to tell them apart. Folk wisdom says orange flesh is yam, white or cream flesh is sweet potato. Can you please define what the actual tubers look...

We were picking blueberries and a couple of birds were having a grand time pecking away at the rows. We were trying to avoid the pecked berries and managed to get a nice bucket and discarded a few with pecks that accidentally got into the bucket. We washed and froze them for the winter. Some...

I would like to get an electric pressure cooker that will pressure can fish in pint jars in my motor home. Is there one that does a reliable job of it? Don't want to use standard non-electric model because it would use too much propane to do on the stove.

I found this on the beach near Florence. Could you help me identify it? It measures about 24 inches by 18 inches.