Homesteading

How to cull a chicken

Death To The Chickens! Why We Killed One Of The Flock

Culling chickens may be unthinkable to some urban homesteaders who view their flock as pets and part of the family.  Find out why we decided to kill a chicken from our small backyard flock. This post does not show any killing or processing of animals.  It talks about the killing process and why we culled a bird.  Reader discretion is advised.

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How to Grow Like a Pro By Getting Organized in the Garden

With the end of summer drawing near many homesteaders and gardeners thoughts turn to fall and winter gardening to grow produce 365 days a year and being frugal at the same time!  Whilst anyone can grow throughout the fall and winter, the most successful are those who are organized.  Read on to find out how you can get organized in your homestead and garden.
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Cannibalism and feather pecking in backyard chickens

Cannibalism In Backyard Chickens

Feather pecking and cannibalism is a real thing in chickens.  In a final blow in a really bad week after losing Bubba, we had to cull Ruby.

This post is going to show you what to look for in your flock so you can break the habit before it gets out of control and ends up with the loss of a bird. Read More

HOMESTEADING AND GARDENING GOALS FOR 2017

2017 Homesteading Goals

Dear Readers,

I have many new goals I want to achieve this year in the garden, around the homestead and as a blogger which I thought I would share with you so you know what is likely to be coming up this year on the blog and to inspire you to set some homesteading goals.

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The frugal organic garden. Find out thrifty tips to start an organic garden cheap. Pin it to save for later or click through to find out more.

The Frugal Organic Garden

Dear Readers,

I often hear that starting a garden is too expensive which is why people I know don’t want to grow. Other popular reasons I hear include it’s too much work and it doesn’t look good.  Today I want to bust the myth that starting an organic garden is expensive and share all of my thrifty gardening tips with you.

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How to make chicken scratch for omega-3 rich eggs

Making Chicken Food

Dear Readers,

I’ve been making chicken food for a while now to make sure that the hens have nutritious treats, especially when most scratch grains are just corn or soy.  There are many highly nutritious grains which can be fed to hens that are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which will boost the nutrient content of eggs and meat.

Chickens love to scratch about in the dirt and the scratch grain sold in stores is not chicken food but a treat to encourage this natural chicken behavior. Read More

GETTING A GARDEN READY FOR NEXT SEASON

Preparing the Garden for Winter and The Next Season

Dear Readers,

Winter is just around the corner and gardening doesn’t stop here even with the first flurries of snow.   There’s plenty you can be doing in your garden throughout the winter to prepare for the following season.  

Grab yourself a nice hot cuppa tea and  read on to find out what you can be doing in your garden right now and get ahead for the next season.

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Winter tips for keeping chickens

Improving Nutrition and Other Tips for Keeping Chickens Healthy in Wintertime

Dear Readers,

Today I have a special guest post by Gabrielle Yoder from ChickenCoopGuides.com.  

Chickens can experience many different health problems in the winter if their keeper does not keep a close eye on their behavior and habitat. You can keep healthy winter chickens by taking a few simple steps before cold weather sets in and then following through on different strategies as the season progresses.

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TOP 10 HOMESTEADING BLOGS

My Top 10 Homesteading Blogs

Dear Readers,

Today’s post is a share of my favorite places to go for inspiration and information.  Blogging is quite a social thing for many, especially those who work at home but it takes a phenomenal amount of time for a blogger to write a post, take the photos, video, edit the video, publish the post, network, market and all the other stuff in between!

Today I want to share my most admired and favorite blogs for you to check out too.  Some are well established and others are just getting started. Read More