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I had a bunch of my chickens get their heads bit off while in their gated area and inside their coop when the door was left open. Any idea what animal eats the heads off chickens and how do I elimate this creature?

Is it true that white paper birch in the Willamette Valley have been infested with insect like beetle? I wanted to plant one this spring and my yard maintenance service told me I should consider a different type due to the insect problem.

My so-called lawn needs help -- it consists of clumps of grass with bare spots between, My small yard is completely fenced with a large apple tree shading much of it, so the grass gets at most 3 to 4 hours of sun a day. What do you think of "no mow" creeping red fescue? Would I have to have...

I have 2 horse on 5 irrigated acres NE Bend, Deschutes county. I have been pulling ticks off them for a few weeks. I dewormed with an Ivermectin which kills any that were attached at the time, but more climb on and attach. What's an effective way of getting rid of ticks from property and...

What can I do to neutralize the ground so grass can grow after dog urine destroys it.  

I've noticed the frogs are out of hibernation early in Albany and Corvallis, Oregon. What are the potential impacts of this for frogs and the ecosystem? Can coming out of hibernation in January lead to loss of life for frogs if the weather later freezes again? What do you know about the...

Do you have published, current, projected , research in the effects of charcoal amendment to agricultural soils/forest soils?

I have a small orchard of mostly dwarf pear, plum, peach, nectarine, apple. I'm wondering if it is too soon (1/24/18) to prune these trees given that we haven't had a significant frost/freeze yet? I usually prune around this time but am hesitant. The new buds are getting ready to pop it...

I'm a certified, occupational chef, been making mashed potatoes for 30 yrs. I've noticed in the last couple of years, that red or golden Yukon, also boiler potatoes, are turning to glue, while whipping! Potatoes are being made the same way, no changes. What's up? Btw, I am Not using russet...

Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?