Are you wondering how best to nourish your flock so they can, in turn, nourish you? Have you raised up a nice batch of fryers and are ready to butcher them, but are wondering how you’re going to preserve all those birds?! Never fear, canned meat is here! Plus, a review of The Frugal Chicken’s Feeding Your Hens Right e-course. Continue reading “Canned Meat: Making the Most of Your Homestead Chicken”
Are you interested in producing your own dairy – cow or goat milk, yogurt, cheese and more? A dairy animal can be a great investment, but which one should you choose? Will a cow be better for volume; will a goat be better for your smaller, city lot? Join me and a few of your favorite dairy-keeping homesteaders as we chat about backyard dairy. Continue reading “Goat Milk or Cow Milk: Which Should You Produce?”
Losing your livestock to predators is expensive, frustrating, and flat out heartbreaking — and protecting them isn’t always the easiest of tasks. While you may be tempted to break out your shotgun, there are numerous non-lethal steps you can take to keep your animals safe. Join us for this guest post! Continue reading “3 Non-Lethal Ways to Protect Your Livestock from Predators”
Have you been thinking of getting goats because you want fresh, clean milk? Concerned about all the commercial products and conventional handling practices many goat resources recommend? Never fear! There’s a way to get natural goat milk and more. From manure to meat, there are some wonderful publications that can teach you to care for your herd in healthy ways; including Deborah Niemann’s Raising Goats Naturally (reviewed here for your reading pleasure). Continue reading “Natural Goat Milk and More!”
Have you wondered about having your own quality dairy in your backyard? Thinking about goats? Worried about the expense and wondering if this backyard dairy adventure will really save you money? Here’s a guest post from our archives with Elise from The Frugal Farm Wife to answer the question – are dairy goats cost effective? Continue reading “Dairy Goats: Cost Effective?”
You can’t help yourself anymore – the signs are everywhere! You keep checking out chicken books from the library and reading them instead of sleeping at night. Instead of picking out curtain colors, you’re dreaming of feather colors and deciding on backyard chicken breeds. Your spouse keeps trying to engage you in conversation but your eyes wander to the shed as you wonder if it could be converted to a chicken coop. You set out for the grocery store, but end up at the feed store, standing helplessly in front of the chick cages, paralyzed by their cuteness. What are you going to do? How can you be sure you’re ready. Fear not, grasshopper, if you keep seeing signs that say, “Chickens for Sale”, we’re here to help you be prepared for the inevitable. You WILL end up with a shipment of chicks in your backyard and we’re here to help you be ready. Continue reading “Chickens for Sale – Help!”
Have you ever heard of Diatomaceous Earth, or D.E.? If you’ve got baby chicks, ducks, turkeys or even kittens, you may want to check out this completely natural pest control. Continue reading “Diatomaceous Earth: A Must for Chick Care”
Here’s an oldie but a goodie from our archives, re-released in celebration of “30 Ways of Homesteading” – see below for more information.
In all honesty, I should have entitled this “How to totally lose track of time, neglect your birthing kit, forget to calendar your kidding dates and, consequently, NOT prepare for baby goats”. Somehow not as catchy, right?
So, here are a few things to think about as you consider how to prepare for baby goats!
We’ve been kicking around the idea of vermicomposting lately but we really didn’t know anything about it so we asked our friend Jo at Homestead Chronicles to help us out with a Q & A session on the topic of making compost with worms! Continue reading “Vermicomposting Q&A with Homestead Chronicles”
You know it’s time. As the weather starts to warm after the chill of winter, the chicken house once again becomes a presence for your olfactory senses. Plus, your children are restless to get outside and have some fun. It’s the season for coop cleaning with kids. Continue reading “Chicken House: Coop Cleaning with Kids”