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
If you’re a romantic type like me, you love to envision beautiful rustic barns and pastures full of baby animals. Which is totally a part of the homesteading package deal, and it’s one of the reasons why I love homesteading so much! But, just as true as romantic scenery, are the poopy chicken coops, flies, spiders, garden pests, and… Keep Reading
Let’s talk about dairy goats! We’re hoping planning on getting two small dairy goats next spring. In my ideal world it would be a Mini Nubian doe in milk and a doeling…but whatever we end up purchasing, they’ll need to eat! I mean, pretty basic animal husbandry – feed your animals, right? But what to feed them, is the question…. Keep Reading
Well y’all, it finally happened! One of our hens started laying this week! I told a friend of mine that I felt like waiting for these chickens to start laying eggs was kind of like being pregnant. If you’ve been pregnant, you’ll know that in the finally weeks (ehem, months…) of the pregnancy you feel like you’ll be pregnant forever… Keep Reading
Before we even closed on this house, I had drawn up a few ideas on how to best use our space. I think there is often a misconception (though I do hope it’s diminishing!) that you have to have acres and acres to truly homestead or farm. That just simply isn’t the case! You might not have the space for… Keep Reading