Chicks are cute and all, but sometimes you don’t really have 6-8 months to wait on eggs… Am I right, or am I right?? I wanted to integrate new hens into our established flock this summer, in particular I was looking for some silkie hens. These hens are originally from Asia and are well known to be fabulous mothers. You… Keep Reading
Are you a seasoned homesteader? A small scale homesteader, urban homesteader, apartment homesteader? I’ve got something that can unite us all in homesteading glory. Homemade chicken stock. You don’t need any land, or a garden, or even special skills. You just need a big pot and a stove, and some leftovers in your fridge. Sounds doable, right?
When was the last time you had a roast chicken? If you’re a typical American, I’m gonna guess, um…it’s been a while. We need to change that! It’s one of my favorite things! Making a simple roasted chicken is a basic culinary skill that seems to have been lost. It used to be common place, but a lot of people today… Keep Reading
Look at her, all smug up there… Y’all, is it festivus? Because I need to air some grievences about my chickens. When you get them as cute little fluff balls, you’re dreaming of fresh eggs. Things like chicken *%$# on your porch are the furthest thing from your mind… But good gracious…the poo. The chicken poo is everywhere, and it’s… Keep Reading
We had our first case of broodiness hit our flock of hens this summer. There are ways to break a broody hen from her broodiness. Many articles have been written on the subject. But we decided to take this as a golden opportunity to raise baby turkeys – the easy way.
We did it. We took a big step in homesteading. We butchered our first chicken. Last fall we picked up a few straight run dual-purpose chicks. We got more then we needed to cover any accidental chick deaths, and any “surprise” roosters, which would be destined for the dinner table. We had one chick die, and miraculously, only one of… Keep Reading
The great Pallet Chicken Coop project is finally finished!! I don’t think we would have started such a big pallet project had we realized it would be sooo time consuming. But in the end, we think it was worth it, and I just love it. So, after what I know has been a painfully long wait for you all, let’s take a look,… Keep Reading
When it rains…. You learn a lot.
You know how much I love a good DIY project. Especially around the homestead. We built our own chicken coop out of recycled pallets and I’ve got a whole section of this blog dedicated to diy, after all! And when I started thinking about making our own chicken waterer and feeder, the thought did occur to me to make my… Keep Reading
I’ve been feeling like I need a little more organization in my homesteading life. I’ve got a fairly good weekly routine, but there are some things that need to get done less frequently. And I find those are the things that fall through the cracks around here. So I made myself a list, and while I was at it I… Keep Reading