Category: Critters

This section is for the buzz on the animals – bees, goats, poultry. How to care for them on many levels and why they’re so important to the success of your homesteading efforts.

7 Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth on the Homestead l Chickens Barn Pets Farm l Homestead Lady.com

7 Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth on the Homestead

7 Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth on the Homestead l Chickens Barn Pets Farm l Homestead Lady.com Today we welcome Beth from DiatomaceousEarth.com as a guest!  She’s written a fabulous 7 point list of the various ways we can effectively use diatomaceous earth on the homestead.  What’s diatomaceous earth?  Read on! Continue reading “7 Ways to Use Diatomaceous Earth on the Homestead”

How to train a goat to a milk stand l Milking tips and training how-tos l Homestead Lady (.com)

How to Train a Goat to a Milk Stand

How to train a goat to a milk stand l Milking tips and training how-tos l Homestead Lady (.com)The most important thing to remember at this phase of your goat milking career is that it will all work out.  Things always do.  You WILL triumph.   You WILL drink fresh goat milk.  You ARE more stubborn than that goat.  But first, you must learn how to train a goat to a milk stand.  You’ve got this.  And we’re here to help with four essential items, training procedures and tips for troubleshooting.   Continue reading “How to Train a Goat to a Milk Stand”

Goat forage in your backyard

Goat forage in your backyard  - beware the cute faces - by www.homesteadlady.comFor those of us raising dairy goats in our backyards it can be a challenge to find healthy forage to give the goats to supplement their diet; a goat cannot live by alfalfa alone.  Goats are browsers by nature and, although they don’t particularly care to eat off the ground, they’ll happily eat vines, twigs, branches, leaves and anything remotely resembling your prize roses.  All of which can be classified as goat forage in your backyard. Continue reading “Goat forage in your backyard”

How to process raw honey with an extractor

How to process raw honey with an extractor l Homestead LadyThe first-first thing I want to say is, read the directions to learn how to process raw honey with an extractor.  It’s such a basic step and one I too often neglect in my zeal to try a new thing!  We’ve processed quite a bit of honey over the years but this was our first time using a honey extractor and, may I just say, hallelujah!  Can I get an amen?!!  Here it is, how to process raw honey with an extractor… Continue reading “How to process raw honey with an extractor”

Why Keep Silkie Chickens l Half sized layers make great mothers l Start your own sustainable flock l Homestead Lady (.com)

Why Keep Silkie Chickens?

Why Keep Silkie Chickens l Half sized layers make great mothers l Start your own sustainable flock l Homestead Lady (.com)I don’t think of myself as an overly sentimental person; I’m not prone to crying too often at sappy movies and I’m not exactly the most sensitive person on the planet.  I usually wont even put a plant in my garden unless is serves some, typically pragmatic, purpose.  So, why keep Silkie chickens, I asked myself.  They’re so tiny, what more can they do besides eat a few bugs? Continue reading “Why Keep Silkie Chickens?”