9/6/2016 11:25:00 AM
The emotional roller coaster of raising livestock.
7/25/2016 8:44:00 AM
We're welcoming new animals on the homestead and saying goodbye to others.
3/4/2016 2:31:13 PM
If you've never been to a sale barn (a livestock auction) before - here's some reasons to visit one today...
12/16/2015 3:21:00 PM
Stories about Jesus and humble creatures.
12/8/2015 12:01:00 PM
Discover defense mechanisms your livestock and wildlife use to fend for themselves.
5/15/2015 11:02:43 AM
Hank Will, Editor-in-chief of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader submitted question, “How long should I keep a heat lamp on my chicks in the brooder?”
5/13/2015 10:55:51 AM
Kellsey Trimble, Assistant Editor of GRIT Magazine, answers the reader-submitted question: “How do I build trust and a relationship with my horse?”
2/10/2015 8:19:00 AM
Dr. Shirron LeShure, PhD., of Ohio State University found fruit byproducts may be useful in fighting internal parasites in small ruminant livestock.
7/1/2014 4:01:00 PM
I am always amazed by animals' natural instincts.
6/5/2014 2:39:00 PM
my mind floated back to 5 years ago when Chad (Super Farmer) and I thought it would be fun to start a little farm with no experience and deceiving thoughts of “I’m sure it will be easy, how hard can it be”??!!
4/4/2014 9:10:00 AM
Casey Thomas can retire in peace with the help of the University of Kansas’s RedTire Program.
9/17/2013 10:53:00 AM
This New Englander moves to the country and finds small, tasty adventures in simplicity.
8/6/2013 10:16:00 AM
In this episode of Tough GRIT, find out which woman will muck her stall and saddle up her horse the speediest.
7/12/2013 6:10:38 AM
After a year of beekeeping, we are gifted with glorious honey from our own hive!
7/9/2013 1:53:29 PM
This post is about tips for blogging, the mother of all dandelions, planting corn, first tomato bloom, and building a entry way flower bed.
7/9/2013 11:11:23 AM
Season this Roasted Leg
of Lamb Recipe with garlic cloves, Dijon
mustard and fresh mint, and serve new potatoes on the side.
7/9/2013 11:06:00 AM
Fresh thyme, rosemary herb and Yukon Gold potatoes added to lamb shoulder yields a delicious Lamb-Potato Gratin Recipe.
7/9/2013 10:56:00 AM
Ground lamb, basil pesto and pine nuts are among the toppings for this Lamb Pizza Recipe.
7/9/2013 10:42:06 AM
Balsamic vinegar is
the main ingredient in the lamb chop marinade used when making this Grilled
Lamb Chops Recipe.
7/9/2013 9:55:06 AM
Dried herbs season ground lamb for this Shepherds Pie Recipe with a mashed potato topping.
7/9/2013 9:37:00 AM
Grazing management helps to keep overgrazing from becoming a problem in the pasture.
7/9/2013 8:50:16 AM
Drop spindle is a good place to start for beginners turning natural fibers into yarn.
7/8/2013 10:40:13 PM
I knew better than to allow several roosters to remain in our coop, but I was too soft-hearted to eliminate them. The following account is the result of that decision.
7/8/2013 9:23:14 PM
Laura tells the story of her first chicken coop and how it has evolved over the past year or so.
7/8/2013 4:48:00 PM
Curry powder, garlic cloves and coconut combine to make this Lamb Curry Stew Recipe.
7/8/2013 4:03:00 PM
Using organic meats, create lamb recipes such as Shepherd’s Pie, Roasted Leg of Lamb, or Lamb Pizza.
7/8/2013 3:44:00 PM
Shepherd usually doesn’t have to worry during lambing season; ewes take care of lambs without much difficulty.
7/8/2013 2:17:30 PM
sheep shelter can be the key to a smooth and comfortable lambing time.
7/8/2013 2:15:00 PM
Hank talks about what led him down the path of raising Katahdin sheep on his homestead.
7/8/2013 8:59:10 AM
Owning and raising chickens is not glamorous. It takes hard work, financial investment and compassionate commitment.
7/5/2013 10:05:53 AM
Putting rabbits on pasture without them killing each other.
6/29/2013 6:40:32 PM
Thankfully, when I was a kid, we never had to buy dogs. For one thing, we didn't have the money for that, and secondly, I recall that our dogs always just came to us or someone apparently gave them to us. That was the case with Shep.
6/28/2013 9:08:12 AM
Hey, poop happens. It amazes me that people are grossed out by natural eggs, preferring instead to eat sterilized and cleaned up store eggs.
6/28/2013 8:56:42 AM
Fishing is not only enjoyable, it's an essential survival skill and one of the easiest ways to find food in the wild.
6/27/2013 7:41:19 PM
There's a reason every home before the 1900's had a cow in the yard.
6/27/2013 11:51:00 AM
Follow the metamorphosis of an American Copper caterpillar into a tiny, fast-flying and playful butterfly.
6/25/2013 1:20:51 PM
Old crib + $100 = Chicken Coop!
6/24/2013 10:45:53 AM
It's never too early to get ready for the long cold Winter. Preparation tips from Itzy Bitzy Farm
6/22/2013 11:32:16 AM
Mint naturally lowers body temperatures, so it makes a wonderfully refreshing summertime drink. Why not brew some fresh mint leaves in your coffee maker for a quick, easy pitcher of iced tea?
6/19/2013 4:00:01 PM
It can be a scary time when you're trying to treat your injured chicken, especially when you aren't sure what to do. In this article, I share directions on how to treat your chicken back to health!
6/18/2013 5:49:37 AM
The true story of Baby the Buff Orphington who brought surprise, wonder, love and joy to a small homestead.
6/13/2013 9:31:20 AM
What could surpass the excitement of owning our first chickens? Why, our first egg of course!
6/12/2013 5:19:37 PM
Our bad landlord experience leads to new purpose for an old trailer. Join us as we renovate rental space into usable work space! Home school space, brooder room, processing house, and quilting area all rolled in to one.
6/10/2013 2:38:51 PM
What do you do when a broody hen refuses to stop being broody?
6/10/2013 1:09:05 PM
A Sad Day on the Homestead-our experience with our mini pig's farrowing.
6/8/2013 6:15:00 PM
Here are a few simple tips on how to keep your outdoor rabbits cool in the summer heat.
6/6/2013 2:46:58 PM
Enjoy greater self-sufficiency with fresh milk straight from your own dairy goat.
6/5/2013 8:38:00 PM
Natural herbal fly control measures are inexpensive, safe and easy to prevent flies from invading your chicken coop and run areas.
6/5/2013 8:44:54 AM
What started out as helping a neighbor inspect her hive, turned into a day capturing two honeybee swarms!
6/4/2013 11:38:00 AM
Composting chicken manure in deep litter in the coop will build better chicken health and reduce labor.
5/25/2013 11:54:42 AM
There will come a time when you have to administer medication to your chickens orally. It's generally not the easiest thing to do, but my tips will make it simple.
5/20/2013 8:01:48 PM
To deal with a persistently muddy pathway I elected to build a quick, inexpensive boardwalk.
5/19/2013 2:06:21 PM
As the temperatures rise, your coop might start to smell a bit less pleasant than you would want. This all natural refresh spray will provide a bit of aromatherapy for your chickens.
5/16/2013 9:20:00 PM
Forget the high price tags at grocery stores for pork. Raise your own healthy meat.
5/16/2013 1:08:21 PM
Learn how we make cream and butter from our dairy goats.
5/15/2013 1:08:55 PM
We found out the hard way that cinder blocks can be dangerous in the coop.
5/15/2013 9:35:54 AM
Sarah is a city girl who grew up on styrofoam packaged meat and now shares her views and experiences on raising animals for meat herself.
5/14/2013 2:44:43 PM
These five simple tips will help ensure that the eggs you collect from your coop are clean and ready to display on your counter or put into the refrigerator - no washing needed.
5/14/2013 11:20:00 AM
Learn about the different types of fences that keep animals in and out, and the benefits of good fences.
5/14/2013 8:46:45 AM
One of the worst habits that chickens can develop is eating their own eggs. This post helps the backyard chicken keeper to understand, prevent, and treat this disturbing problem in the flock.
5/13/2013 9:10:00 AM
The honeybee is fascinating. Along my journey of self-reliant living comes bees. I am setting up 2 colonies and will get about 80lbs a season from 1 hive.
5/12/2013 10:11:33 PM
Cow's just wanna have fun
5/8/2013 12:00:48 PM
Feeling burnout and unfulfilled? Homesteading may hold the answer.
5/6/2013 6:55:23 PM
Mrs. D shears her llamas and talks Mabel the dairy cow into having another calf.
5/5/2013 7:56:00 PM
Many commercial antibiotics and other medications are not labeled for use in chickens, or have withdrawal periods during which the eggs should not be eaten. Why not try using oregano as a natural antibiotic instead?
5/2/2013 1:43:48 PM
Cisco saved this little calf's life by finding him when he was less than 24 hours old, separated from his mama and lost. Now they're best buddies!
4/30/2013 3:21:00 PM
You want to keep your loveable pets or working companions around on the farm. Learn how to keep farm dogs safe with these tips.
4/29/2013 8:59:16 AM
We took an old metal 50's fridge and turned it into a large smoker. Now we can smoke our home grown meats for less!
4/24/2013 11:11:00 AM
Learn how to make hay by hand and you can feed your animals throughout the winter.
4/22/2013 10:35:44 AM
The too often not discussed downside of having chickens. Sure, the rewards can be great, but chickens also take time and a real commitment from their owners.
4/22/2013 8:51:28 AM
When our neighbors' brand new calf went missing, our dogs (past and present) came to the rescue.
4/20/2013 10:48:25 PM
This post is about the return of GRIT blogs, Nebraska Weather, Terra Nova Gardens neighborhood characters, and Daffodils.
4/17/2013 1:42:11 PM
To every thing there is a season...unfortunately, spring fever seems to be at odds with spring cleaning!
4/17/2013 11:32:20 AM
Read how I assisted in the birth of our three Alpine kids.
4/17/2013 9:49:08 AM
A day in my life; having animals in the country.
4/16/2013 3:41:00 PM
Try these sheep herding tips and your flock will be following you like a boss.
4/13/2013 6:08:00 PM
Just a little list of what we rural Arkansas folks ate during the 50s and 60s
4/11/2013 1:51:48 PM
Creating your own rabbit breed the wrong way.
4/11/2013 12:02:00 PM
A no cost, easy to build chicken coop.
4/11/2013 9:19:01 AM
Life's lessons are the best way to learn how to do something. On the family farm, the opportunities to learn abound. We learned a lot about making maple syrup this year and we can't wait for next year to do it better!
4/11/2013 8:45:31 AM
This easy recipe for dog treats will help give your furry family members fresh breath and shiny coats.
4/10/2013 9:02:17 AM
After overwintering two hives successfully, this first year beekeeper shares some valuable tips she has learning along her journey.
4/9/2013 5:06:00 PM
A lot of things can go wrong when clearing a space for a deer feeder. Read about how to correctly cut branches, where to place the deer feeder and more.
4/9/2013 1:22:14 PM
This blog describes the bipolar weather in Nebraska, the signs of Spring, the flowers in bloom, and the progress on the garden fence panels.
4/6/2013 2:40:00 AM
Have a few too many eggs in your fridge? Here is the solution!
4/5/2013 9:12:00 AM
Interested in getting pigs this Spring? Here is some information to get you started.
4/3/2013 3:17:49 PM
Linda Heitman shares info on goat breeds and gives pointers on raising goats.
4/3/2013 10:09:49 AM
Numerous states report cougar sightings.
4/2/2013 11:54:33 AM
This is how I got a solitary chick to eat and drink.
4/1/2013 2:59:45 PM
Our friend gives us a basic lesson in stone masonry. How to smoothly split a stone into two workable halves.
3/31/2013 11:29:00 PM
How we made a secure farrowing pen for our pig without spending a dime!
3/27/2013 3:10:55 PM
Part 2 of the coop building adventure - the coop get completed enough to move the chicks and ducks in to their spacious new quarters.
3/24/2013 10:39:54 PM
As a child visiting my grandparents farm, we would play outside until well after the sun set. Moonlight Starlight was one of our favorites
3/21/2013 7:49:35 PM
After a long, hard Michigan winter we give our bees a springtime boost to get them through till the flowers bloom.
3/21/2013 3:15:19 PM
This Georgia farmer raises 60,000 free-range chickens in specially designed chicken tractors.
3/21/2013 9:50:00 AM
A mountain lion was most likely to blame for the maiming of one of Hank’s young calves.
3/20/2013 2:02:13 PM
Determined to find out why clover is often included on lists of harmful plants for your chickens, I did a bit of research and spoke with some experts to find out the lowdown on feeding clover to your flock.
3/19/2013 8:49:45 PM
What happens when you give a pig some peanut butter.
3/19/2013 11:36:50 AM
In a recent chicken workshop, I warned my students that chicks are not like puppies, you don’t want the calm one who is taking a nap when you inspect the litter. Quite the opposite, when you pick out chicks, you want the ones who are most lively and active.
3/19/2013 10:50:06 AM
What's in a name?
3/18/2013 3:13:00 PM
Learn about the different ways you can adjust the temperature in your brooder to ensure your chicks are comfortable.
3/18/2013 10:07:39 AM
Sometimes life goes a bit crazy when animals escape.
3/16/2013 10:27:54 AM
Homestead Redhead solution for those nasty chicken eating hawks.
3/15/2013 8:54:58 AM
The first in a series of chicken talk and care, Homestead Redhead style.
3/14/2013 1:37:07 PM
With 12 chicks and 3 ducklings in the extra bedroom, we knew we needed to hustle and get a permanent coop built.
3/11/2013 2:31:45 PM
The story of this year's kidding experience at Iron Oak Farm.
3/11/2013 2:29:23 PM
Every parent has to share baby pics and videos - we're no different... but with our goat kids!
3/10/2013 2:57:09 PM
The not so peaceful morning on the homestead.
3/5/2013 1:52:09 PM
Your goat is in labor and you see the hind hooves coming, what do you do?
3/4/2013 8:32:43 PM
Free pallet turned into a hanging wine rack! Click through the pics for the easy instructions.
3/4/2013 2:52:45 PM
The account of what happens when the animals are smarter than you think!
3/1/2013 1:11:17 PM
Just like raising children, people have many different opinions and styles regarding how to raise and keep a flock of backyard chickens. This post might just might get you thinking about all the available options available.
2/28/2013 8:55:00 AM
Herd your cattle in the direction you want—calmly and efficiently—by understanding their flight zone.
2/27/2013 5:11:44 PM
This blog post is about battling scabies, enduring the snow storms, starting seedlings, and hauling Girl Scout cookies.
2/27/2013 12:41:28 PM
Our three precious goats are ready to deliver their babies any moment now! Here are some of the changes we've noticed with their bodies, behaviors and personalities as they prepare for this wonderful time.
2/26/2013 11:36:07 AM
As a backyard chicken owner, one of the most responsible things you can do for your flock is to learn how to cull a bird. You may never need to do it, but it's best to be prepared.
2/25/2013 1:06:22 PM
So, your goat is in labor and you think there is a problem. What do you do?
2/22/2013 12:28:40 PM
When a goat is in labor, sometimes the kid needs help to be born. This is Part 2 of Pulling a Kid.
2/22/2013 11:07:56 AM
The sometimes chaotic breakfast routine on the homestead.
2/20/2013 10:52:07 AM
Why I include how to kill a chicken in my workshops on getting chickens. Sometimes, it's just the right thing to do.
2/19/2013 10:29:24 AM
Poultry Sass, The misadventures of hens
2/15/2013 1:34:04 PM
Learn how to make your own economical and natural homemade dishwasher powder.
2/15/2013 8:37:19 AM
Join me in the conclusion of this 5 part series-An Introduction to Keeping Chickens. Broodiness, keeping roosters, chicken diet, egg laying issues and more are covered.
2/14/2013 8:57:53 AM
We built a chicken tractor type coop for our one surviving chicken, who was more than ready to get out of the brooder. This is the story of Bess the chicken's moving day.
2/13/2013 8:35:45 AM
When Cultivating a Dream begins to become a reality.
2/12/2013 11:45:20 AM
Not every birth of a kid goat is a text book delivery. So, what to you do when your doe is having a problem with delivery. Part 1
2/12/2013 10:51:34 AM
It was bound to happen. What happens when your daughter accidentally gets locked inside the hen house.
2/11/2013 6:21:36 AM
I describe how I make my own lard after butchering a pig.
2/9/2013 1:25:00 PM
Dead trees that pose no danger to people or their surroundings can be left in place to provide valuable wildlife habitat. We left some standing in our backyard and are rewarded by daily visits from woodpeckers and other cavity-nesting birds.
2/8/2013 9:43:19 PM
I've been putting off thawing out my freezer for a good reason. It was an all day job. Looking for Bald eagles along the Tennessee River, I got more than I bargained for.
2/8/2013 7:01:31 AM
Mud is the most abundant crop in our fields right now!
2/7/2013 7:40:15 PM
Mrs. D defines what homesteading means to her.
2/6/2013 10:56:51 AM
When chickens escape, here's what you do to catch them.
2/5/2013 2:41:05 PM
So, you have your first dairy goat but do you know what to look for when the udder is developing. How do you know she will have a nice udder for milking?
2/5/2013 8:21:37 AM
Join us for part 4 in our Introduction to Keeping Chickens. Learn about their care during the first six weeks, how to set up your permanent coop and run, feeding your chickens, transitioning outside, and predator proofing.
2/4/2013 10:58:59 AM
It's freezing outside, how are you supposed to keep your flock warm?
1/31/2013 4:48:00 PM
Feeding chickens is easy when you let them peck around your pastures, garden and yard clippings.
1/31/2013 10:14:11 AM
Join us for an old fashioned coop raising!
1/29/2013 10:30:14 PM
This blog is about finishing up the food storage area, building fence panels out of free pallets, and developing a spring to water the garden.
1/29/2013 12:22:09 AM
If you're using free signage on rural roads to advertise your nonprofit's event, make sure your letters are large enough - lest you convey the wrong impression!
1/29/2013 12:20:59 AM
If you're using free signage on rural roads to advertise your nonprofit's event, make sure your letters are large enough - lest you convey the wrong impression!
1/28/2013 1:18:44 PM
DIY ‘Barrel Oven’ design takes outdoor oven construction to new heights. This portable pig pen would be a great tool for plowing with pigs.
1/28/2013 11:27:18 AM
Part 3 in my 5 part series, Introduction to Chicken Keeping, introduces the concept of the brooder and discusses your chicks' arrival.
1/28/2013 9:21:33 AM
Suet blocks are easy to make, use up leftover grease and will be enjoyed by your chickens as well as the wild birds on cold winter days.
1/26/2013 9:09:15 PM
Living the farm life means constantly learning new things! Here are a few new lessons we have learned since taking on the country life two years ago. Covering dirty pigs, farm smells, cats, and more!
1/26/2013 12:00:49 PM
Winter is finallly here and it's time to get ready for lambs.
1/25/2013 9:27:07 AM
Here is a list of turkey facts that may astound you and hopefully inspire you to raise some of your own.
1/23/2013 11:33:28 AM
A number of easy chicken recipes answer the question of what to serve for dinner.
1/23/2013 11:22:30 AM
Which came first, the Eggs or the Bacon? Livestock namin' isn't above a little whimsical reflection. I aim to 'keep it real' should I ever enter the wild and woolly world of 4H...
1/22/2013 3:07:45 PM
Life lessons from the milk room
1/22/2013 2:03:18 PM
What to watch for when your goat is in labor, the normal delivery of a baby goat.
1/22/2013 12:04:00 PM
If your chickens can't free range, and the ground is muddy or frozen, here's how to create a chicken dust bath to keep your chickens healthy and happy.
1/21/2013 11:52:46 AM
Learn all you need to know about meat and laying chicken breeds for the farmstead, including Marans, Old English Game fowl, Buff Orpingtons and Wyandottes.
1/18/2013 2:00:52 PM
Learn about all the supplies and food for baby chicks in Part 2 of my 5 Part Series.
1/16/2013 1:09:26 PM
We've found great joy in rescuing these great dogs by providing a secure, loving environment where they can recover.
1/16/2013 8:54:42 AM
Beulah Belle the Jersey Cow is the newest addition to the Green Eggs & Goats Farm!
1/16/2013 8:30:22 AM
It is never too late to do a little gardening - even if it is from the comfort of an arm chair. The critters, indoors and out, keep me company.
1/13/2013 5:27:17 PM
Raising chicks is fairly easy if you follow a few simple tips. My baby chick care guide will help you get started on the right track.
1/11/2013 11:40:37 AM
Part 1 of a 5 part series on getting started with backyard chickens.
1/10/2013 7:49:36 PM
Homemade sausage is a delicious and economical way to use all the bits of pork meat after butchering a pig. I describe how I made 12 pounds of breakfast sausage.
1/9/2013 7:47:40 PM
This blog is about the door installion of a food storage area, a law suit over patiented seeds, starting seeds inside, and going to the movies.
1/9/2013 12:16:00 PM
Hank is thrilled about Shannon Hayes' latest book: Long Way On A Little
1/8/2013 10:45:14 PM
My attempt at the Hooligan and my resolution for the year. I'm ready for spring.
1/6/2013 2:34:29 PM
I thought it would be fun to recap the top ten most-read chicken-related posts on my blog from 2012. Popular topics ranged from coop cleaning to making your own apple cider vinegar to sewing totes from empty feed bags.
1/4/2013 5:53:41 AM
Learn how to make muscadine wine from muscadines growing in your own yard or countryside.
1/3/2013 9:17:39 PM
Fresh snow is soon marked by the tracks of animals foraging, playing, escaping or just living. Even if you don't see the wildlife, enjoy learning more about their habits by reading the tales in the snow.
1/3/2013 12:37:13 PM
Splitting firewood with hand tools is a skill every homesteader should have. Even if you own a mechanical wood splitter, knowing how to use a splitting maul and wedges comes in handy when the wood is too large or the log splitter can't be used.
1/3/2013 8:30:00 AM
Summer and Fall brought piglets and fishing while winter brought a new Dexter calf. In addition new guides to raising chickens and cattle were released on Amazon.
1/1/2013 3:21:09 PM
Do you have any chickens in your flock with missing feathers? This post will help fellow chicken keepers get to the bottom of why their chickens are missing feathers. It offers possible causes and solutions. A must read for every chicken keeper.
1/1/2013 10:23:26 AM
Although Americans are spending less time in the wild, nature and wildlife need not elude us. Abundant wildlife can be found in our own backyards.
12/30/2012 10:24:11 PM
This post is about the best Christmas gift received this year, glass storge ideas for left over food, and building a wall for a food storage area.
12/30/2012 4:26:06 PM
An excerpt from Sarah's Great Grandmother's journal. Shows the food she canned in 1924 and 1925 for her family of four boys.
12/28/2012 4:47:45 PM
Cold day thoughts from the farm!
12/24/2012 9:57:19 AM
So you DON'T BELIEVE in Santa? You WILL believe in his reindeer, though...and they have plans far beyond the holidays!
12/19/2012 10:28:39 PM
I present the hooligans 2012 Christmas card.
12/19/2012 9:00:13 PM
Providing my family with pork that we have raised ourselves is a wonderful farm skill. To help you in preparing for the slaughter and butcher of your own pig, I have provided a checklist of items to have on hand and a list of things to do.
12/18/2012 7:39:02 PM
Climate change is no longer a theory - it is reality. As our rural environment struggles, we must increase our efforts in educating all to nurture our earth. Our farms feed us all and the slogan is true - No Farms, No Food.
12/17/2012 8:47:45 AM
Do you free range your chickens? Are you nervous about predators? Why not try supervised free-ranging? This successful technique allows your chickens the opportunity to free-range under your watch.
12/16/2012 3:02:20 PM
One of the most challenging aspects of raising backyard flocks is keeping them safe from predators. A secure run and coop goes a long way, but being able to identify the specific type of predator can also help a chicken keeper battle the threat.
12/14/2012 3:57:45 PM
A simple way to stop a cow from kicking when you milk her.
12/13/2012 6:20:24 PM
Small animals as well are larger ones can be on the backroads both day and night. Watch for wildlife at the roadside to avoid collisions with animals.
12/10/2012 3:23:46 PM
Eggs contain every nutrient necessary for life except Vitamin C. Read more about the amazing egg.
12/7/2012 10:53:18 AM
Roping comes in handy when the goats get out.
12/4/2012 1:31:34 PM
Feeding honey bees in freezing temperatures can be a challenge. Try making and using a candy board this year. Once in place, it might just last you the entire winter season.
12/3/2012 6:49:29 PM
Any wildlife may be encountered on the road. The larger species, such as deer, can cause significant vehicle damage if hit. Watch for wildlife and learn their habits to help avoid collisions.
12/3/2012 1:50:58 PM
Boredom during the cold months can lead to pecking and other issues within your flock. Cure the winter blahs with edible vegetable garlands for your chickens!
12/3/2012 11:23:13 AM
Learn a few of our cherished ice fishing tips, from tip ups to ice houses.
11/30/2012 1:10:49 PM
What is an 'epic fail'?? It's when you build your front door UNDER the overflow pipe: GREAT idea in summer, EPIC FAIL in winter!
11/30/2012 10:35:49 AM
Learn how to clean fish for supper in 8 simple steps.
11/29/2012 4:15:00 PM
Clean water in stock tanks and fresh air will help your livestock face extreme weather conditions.
11/29/2012 1:48:03 PM
Mrs. D makes the most of a gift of mutton and shares her recipe for homemade laundry soap.
11/29/2012 11:12:23 AM
In a prototype facility, environmentally and economically friendly geothermal energy is now keeping turkeys comfortable during both cold and hot weather. The geothermal system reduces utilities costs for the farmer, which could bring down the price of turkey meat and keep America as the world’s top turkey exporter. Using geothermal also improves the bird’s air quality.
11/28/2012 1:27:44 PM
Being a deer rehaber is a joy but know that they are wild animals and need to be treated as such.
11/28/2012 12:56:58 AM
This blog talks about sheet mulching, a set back in making a pond, thoughts toward food storage, and canning history.
11/27/2012 2:23:00 PM
In this Hank’s Hints blog, learn how to attract birds with bird watering stations such as ponds, birdbaths and more.
11/26/2012 9:04:32 PM
Determined to find a fun, age-appropriate way to engage my two daughters in dialogue about the true meaning of the Christmas season, I began by createing a blown egg nativity scene.
11/25/2012 9:48:44 AM
Sometimes the human attempt to apply a name to the situation just fails...when in doubt, just call it FRED!
11/23/2012 7:12:51 PM
Raising chickens naturally means learning how to treat illness and injury using products with no potential side effects or danger if you eat the hens' eggs after treatment. Here are 8 essential items for any natural chicken keeper's first aid kit.
11/23/2012 12:38:39 PM
What you need to know about buying a puppy, their first 8 weeks of life and questions you should ask the breeder.
11/20/2012 9:24:48 PM
Learn a fun new use for office paper shreds!
11/19/2012 4:49:40 PM
Two lost birds far from their flocks: a different kind of Thanksgiving heart-warmer!
11/16/2012 10:06:03 AM
This chicken keeper is always learning lessons from her backyard flock. Today, they remind her of the true meaning of home.
11/15/2012 3:20:50 PM
My top 10 reasons to raise chickens!
11/14/2012 7:41:18 PM
An old windrow might look untidy, but it has real benefit for wildlife and stock. On a good day, nature will show its hand and give you a glimpse of the birds and animals that call it home.
11/13/2012 6:37:39 PM
Salmonella is contracted through uncooked or under-cooked poultry and eggs. Should you worry about YOUR flock transmitting the bacteria to your family?
11/13/2012 11:37:52 AM
An adventure in writing and chickens, including a rooster named Abraham Lincoln.
11/13/2012 10:57:33 AM
The loss of a pet is very upsetting, remembering the good times helps the healing process.
11/13/2012 10:41:00 AM
Learn how to exercise your dog and how exercise benefits his mental as well as physical health.
11/13/2012 8:04:33 AM
A fun post about making toys to keep your goats happy and playful!
11/9/2012 12:36:30 AM
One of these things is not like the other...or 3.
11/7/2012 1:26:16 PM
The Great Pyrenees is a great guardian for livestock. They don't have to be trained to do their job. They'll guard all kinds of livestock including ducks.
11/6/2012 12:08:29 PM
With iPhones in hand, visitors to national wildlife refuges in the Chesapeake Bay region can now photograph and share their sightings with a worldwide community of wildlife watchers.
11/5/2012 10:48:24 AM
Even the bees need a little bit of checking in on as they prepare for winter. Learn what this Cape Cod beekeeper plans for the winter and discovers in her hive on this final fall inspection.
11/4/2012 9:38:01 AM
As the weather gets colder, rodents start looking for a nice, warm, safe place to bed down for the winter. Don't make your chicken coop the place they choose because in addition to eating feed, they carry disease and can harm your flock.
11/4/2012 7:18:25 AM
This post is about the discovery of groundhog Nebraska Phil, continuing to mulch with neighborhood yard waste, planning the garden for next year, and a Happy Thanksgiving greeting.
11/3/2012 7:26:30 PM
I'll see your moose and raise you 10 chickens...a suggestion for rural communities and states experiencing too much of a good thing...
11/2/2012 1:47:33 PM
The Mini-Alpine is a smaller breed of dairy goat than its counterpart making it economical to have on the homestead.
10/30/2012 10:45:00 AM
From choosing the right horse breed to finding a reliable farrier, these Hank’s Hints for a new horse owner will set you on the right path to equine companionship.
10/29/2012 11:29:22 AM
Cochise and I make a daily adventure of hiking up and old mountain road. This little essay describes our special adventure today.
10/28/2012 11:42:32 AM
It may be YOUR attic for half the year: but come Winter, the Other Half(s)move in....
10/27/2012 4:19:25 PM
Sometimes a really good scrubbing is needed in the chicken coop, other times a quick cleaning and refresh is all it takes. Here's my quick and easy all natural coop cleaning method as well as a link to the Deep Litter Method to use over the winter.
10/26/2012 1:22:15 PM
Be prepared the next time you are ready to vacation. Here are some suggestions to help you identify the perfect chicken sitter for your flock and identify their responsibilities in your absence.
10/26/2012 12:29:33 PM
The doghouse chicken tractor is completed, and my chickens are dustbathing, eating scraps, and being chickens.
10/26/2012 12:27:58 PM
The greater prairie chicken was once a classic rural icon, but now its future is not so certain.
10/26/2012 10:54:46 AM
From the ancient auroch to modern cattle breeds, learn more about beautiful bovines.
10/24/2012 7:55:00 PM
Facing one of his greatest culinary challenges and dreams, Andy Sell takes on the incredibly difficult task of roasting a whole animal inside the ground. The tale of his full day experience is illustrated with step by step photos along the way.
10/24/2012 5:59:37 PM
Animal bones can offer clues to the species living in an area. Sometimes the bones can also tell us how the animal likely died. Look at bones as a mystery that you can solve.
10/24/2012 1:52:50 PM
Getting your goats ready for winter.
10/21/2012 2:34:54 PM
Our chickens love apples, so we always share a few from our horses' stash. Here are some easy, fun ways to make apple treats for your flock to help keep them from getting bored.
10/21/2012 10:07:07 AM
CAUTION: yellowjacket removal should NOT be considered a DIY project. Just buy the canned nest spray, follow directions, and DON'T GET TOO CREATIVE!
10/18/2012 4:26:22 PM
Fall is a busy time with harvesting, but you must also get ready for the wilds of winter. Between chores, the Niles family went to a hospital surplus auction to get recyclables for the farm.
10/18/2012 11:05:38 AM
Building a fence to carve a backyard out of 10 acres isnt' easy, but it sure is worth it.
10/17/2012 12:14:07 PM
Live Theater is alive and well and living all around the country. A very brief history of community theaters through the years in which this blogger was involved and his observations.
10/16/2012 3:59:26 PM
Mrs. D needs to put up a new enclosure, quickly and easily (without much muscle).
10/15/2012 3:25:45 PM
Chickens are more cold-hardy than you might think, but they will will appreciate anything you can do to make the winter more comfortable for them. Here are a few easy ideas to winterize your flock.
10/15/2012 12:03:51 PM
I started working with horses in 1968, and we always looked at what works best for horse stalls as the material composts. It can be a mess to choose what to use, and how to make it pay in compost, as bedding can be expensive.
10/14/2012 7:50:33 PM
This post is about Bradley's birthday, my experience with filming a Tough Grit TV episode, harvesting watermelons, living with groundhogs, and mulching the garden.
10/12/2012 12:11:38 PM
Wulf Cattle, hosted the first ever Calf Run event to kick off the fall feeder calf buying season showcasing the recently acquired feeder cattle management and backgrounding facilities at Wulf’s Cattle Depot and feedlot in McLaughlin, S.D.
10/11/2012 8:56:27 AM
Heating the chicken coop during the winter is controversial to say the least. Here are 10 ways to help keep your flock comfortable in freezing temperatures without ever turning on a heat lamp.
10/11/2012 8:34:34 AM
Crisp weather and brilliant colors usher in the harvest season.
10/10/2012 11:42:20 AM
Our family had the opportunity to butcher and process our first cow. Utilizing a sharp learning curve, we will be able to feed our family and another for quite a while.
10/10/2012 8:35:08 AM
Often individuals do not realize that wildlife exists in a delicate balance of protection and favorable environment. Rather than hunt, I choose to save just a little of that wildlife for my grandchildren.
10/8/2012 6:27:00 PM
When sickness hit the Sell household, Becky and Andy turned to tried and true herbal remedies, with a little help from the Internet and some alternative doctor friends. They also came up with a couple recipes that might work in your home as well!
10/7/2012 6:19:36 PM
Wondering what you can give your chickens as nice healthy treats over the winter when they can't get out to forage? Try sprouting some seeds or beans for them. It's easy and inexpensive....and a lot of fun!
10/5/2012 9:18:36 AM
Clinical studies show that raw pumpkin seeds can be helpful in worming your backyard chickens. Read on for the evidence and mechanism of action.
10/4/2012 12:36:11 PM
Kasey moves his Blue Splash Marans Chickens into a chicken tractor built from a doghouse.
10/3/2012 5:00:00 PM
Although some might consider laundry a mundane task, even this every-man's task can be sustainable, with the right mindset. Becky explains how her family arrived at that through necessity.
10/3/2012 12:15:29 PM
Sunshine Factor® is a non-synthetic, whole food source of nutrients, vitamins and vitamin precursors for everyday wellness in all animals.
10/1/2012 1:50:29 PM
Raw pumpkins seeds are thought to work as a natural internal wormer for chickens as well as ducks, goats and sheep. Why not use your leftover Halloween pumpkins and make some Pumpkin Soup for your flock?
9/29/2012 4:28:17 PM
So, you think you have only ONE deer on your property? Actually they're like rats: if you see one, you can bet there are 24 more in the shrubbery....
9/28/2012 10:10:47 AM
A heartwarming story of how a bully hen finds a forever home.
9/27/2012 1:48:51 PM
Build the right chicken houses for your flock this winter.
9/26/2012 6:22:29 PM
An irrigation ditch is an interesting place in autumn when most of the water has run down. It is more like a small stream that can be explored and enjoyed.
9/26/2012 7:21:47 AM
Joe Pye Weed provides gardeners late-season blooms and bees and butterflies with a late-season source of nectar.
9/25/2012 10:56:28 PM
Here we talk about a few of the most commonly heard myths these days in regards to barnyard critters. Do alpacas make good guardians? Can you keep turkeys with chickens? Are pigs dirty? Do alpacas spit? And many more!
9/25/2012 4:14:00 PM
Becky explains why she hasn't written for GRIT in awhile, as well as her newfound enthusiasm for homestead writing.
9/22/2012 11:21:03 AM
This post is about the yard cleanup after a long hot summer, hauling more hay for mulch at Terra Nova Gardens, putting up a pond fence, building a garden water tower, and tomato take over of the garden.
9/21/2012 3:31:08 PM
Enter the sweet world of Cheshire Farm Alpacas!
9/18/2012 10:03:00 AM
A daily walk with my dog helps me notice subtle seasonal changes.
9/17/2012 5:01:23 PM
This past weekend we went to the Isle of Wight County Fair. Come along with me and see the sights!
9/16/2012 2:31:11 PM
This post is about the free seeds and mulch that has been donated to Terra Nova Gardens. The plans for turning a spring into a pond and the development of a water source for Terra Nova Gardens are revealed.
9/14/2012 11:10:07 AM
Playful, fun-loving critters or malevolent sources of evil actions: everyone has an opinion on night-time Raccoon Activity in The Back 40...
9/14/2012 9:22:41 AM
This new beekeepers shares her experiences and discoveries of opening her hives late in the summer and prepares for Autumn.
9/13/2012 11:10:38 PM
The primary functions of litter (or bedding) in a chicken coop are to make floor cleaning easier and to control odors and moisture; SAND accomplishes all of those tasks and more!
9/7/2012 7:09:25 PM
Keeping a flock of backyard chickens will certainly provide you with eggs, but can chickens make good family pets? Here is what one backyard chickens keeper has to say.
9/5/2012 12:15:58 PM
Power Equipment Company hopes new infographic will encourage property owners to protect themselves and their pets from raccoon-related disease.
9/4/2012 6:16:52 PM
There's nothing more satisfying than trying to communicate with farm workers about animal issues. Yes, the common language seems to be English. No, the common denominator isn't necessarily the SAME English...
9/4/2012 12:16:42 PM
Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) invites you to visit their member farms and ranches on National Alpaca Farm Days on September 29th and 30th.
9/4/2012 8:07:07 AM
Wild gardens let gardeners experience nature up close and personal
9/2/2012 8:52:59 PM
For an easy weekend project, make this cute portable chicken nesting box out of a wooden half barrel in just a few minutes. A portable nesting box has many uses and your cost can be minimal if you repurpose materials you have lying around.
9/1/2012 11:07:24 AM
Oh, so you think the bird world doesn't wage war? Think again: OUR local hummingbirds employ the finer art of fencing!
8/31/2012 12:11:33 PM
DuPont® has launched a complete line of 4-oz specialty lubricants with Teflon® fluoropolymer for enhanced performance.
8/30/2012 10:33:13 PM
Basic hurricane preparations for backyard chickens.
8/30/2012 6:57:26 PM
Heritage breeds of chickens accompanied the pilgrims on the Mayflower. This week we visited Plimoth Plantation where they recreate and relive events of the 17th century.
8/30/2012 4:43:16 AM
The record-breaking heat and drought of 2012 compel us to listen to the urgent call of the land and to respond by the millions with immediate agrarian initiatives.
8/29/2012 4:51:14 PM
The high plains are home to a variety of bird species. Near the mountains waterfowl abound on the lakes and reservoirs. Some species like woodpeckers and hummingbirds are unexpected but welcome in any garden.
8/28/2012 2:33:49 PM
Late blooming flowers are a necessary food source for wildlife.
8/27/2012 10:13:39 AM
It's not the triumphs and monuments erected that are remembered. Sometimes it's what we have lost.
8/27/2012 9:47:38 AM
After severe summer storms, it was time to really ask ourselves how prepared our family was. This is the first post in Practical Preparedness where we'll share tips, simple ideas, and easy how-to's for keeping families prepared.
8/26/2012 12:42:30 PM
New micro herd of Jersy dairy cows in Hampshire, England with all the milk to be processed on-farm and sold immediately to local customers. We hope to encouage the community to buy cows for us to look after.
8/26/2012 10:03:43 AM
Moving your flock to a new coop can disrupt their routine and confuse them about where they should be laying their eggs. A few plastic Easter eggs quickly clears up the confusion.
8/24/2012 1:19:35 PM
Our farm's YouTube debut.
8/24/2012 10:51:08 AM
Questions to consider in light of the recent news that a rancher, unable to afford corn feed, is feeding candy to his cows.
8/23/2012 12:33:48 PM
Much confusion surrounds the differences between Araucanas, Ameraucanas and Easter Eggers. Learn a few of the differences between these chickens and why there is no I in Ameraucana.
8/23/2012 11:16:53 AM
Five striking heritage breeds of livestock such as the Belted Galloway, Nigerian Dwarf goat, Clydesdale horse and more for your small farm.
8/22/2012 4:59:34 PM
Snakes are startling but they are also fascinating. If you spy a snake, be sure you are at a safe distance and identify it. Many times it will be a harmless type that can be studied or if you are inclined, handled.
8/22/2012 1:28:05 PM
Backyard chickens can produce plenty of eggs. Learn how to store, clean, package and sell the eggs from your backyard flock.
8/21/2012 7:47:23 AM
The transition between summer and autumn is my favorite time of year.
8/20/2012 6:22:12 PM
This blog entry is about digging out a natural spring to use as a water source for garden watering; thoughts about gorilla gardening; and building a gate for the fenced in garden area.
8/18/2012 2:44:27 PM
Accidents happen and around a farm where bacteria and germs abound, having an antiseptic ointment on hand is necessary. Here is an easy recipe for a homemade ointment that is all natural.
8/17/2012 3:28:52 PM
He's a 5th generation farmer. He raises hogs outdoors without hormones or antibiotics. His incredible animals have the power to turn vegetable into bacon. Meet Matt Beach!
8/16/2012 6:07:58 PM
Which treats can chickes eat and which should be avoided? Feeding our backyard pets the wrong treats or too many treats can be harmful to their health, stunt growth, shorten their lifespans & interfere with egg production. Don't love them to death.
8/15/2012 12:05:49 PM
Osiris is the original baad sheep - and provides much fodder for discussion on the controversy surrounding Sheep Intelligence. Case rested here!
8/13/2012 11:46:43 AM
A collection of goodies to spice up your Monday.
8/13/2012 10:08:54 AM
Talk of grain crops and what's been going on at the dairy farm.
8/11/2012 7:49:23 PM
The one downside to fresh eggs is how hard they are to peel. To me, setting some aside and waiting until they get old in order to be able to hard boil them seems counterproductive, so I was determined to find a way get perfectly peeled fresh eggs.
8/11/2012 11:30:20 AM
Our national 'undertaker', the Vulture, CAN serve as a stand-in when our National Bird gets tired and wants a vacation.
8/10/2012 3:55:44 PM
Being able to identify each variety of mites or lice that can potentially plague chickens is not as important as being able to detect an infestation and treat it effectively- the health of your flock and their egg production depend on it.
8/8/2012 12:00:53 PM
It's not always sunshine and roses. Homesteading has its ups and downs, you just have to make the most of them, learn, and move forward. We are experiencing an abundance of eggs, a skunk invasion, and the loss of a hen.
8/7/2012 1:32:57 PM
Time spent fishing is time well spent.
8/5/2012 12:02:22 PM
I normally crush up our eggshells and feed them free-choice to our chickens as an economical way to provide them the extra calcium they need to lay eggs with nice hard shells. But there are other practical uses for eggshells. Here are nine of them.
8/4/2012 10:49:20 PM
This post is about the activity st Terra Nova Gardens and all the involvement through work or donations to the gardens.
8/4/2012 11:42:24 AM
With just a short drive in the country, you too can 'own' ALL the animals you want! Even a pony...
8/3/2012 8:50:34 AM
Drought and heat can get a gardener or farmer down, but it can also give us what it takes to survive - a good old fashioned case of Kansas stubborn.
8/2/2012 8:30:52 AM
Whether you have an injured chicken, new chickens to introduce to the flock, or a hen brooding chicks, this chicken safe place fits directly in your coop. It can be built in about 30 minutes and is removable when not in use.
8/2/2012 6:17:53 AM
Include plants in your landscape that provide seeds and berries to hungry wildlife.
8/1/2012 10:22:12 PM
Make mozzarella cheese in approximately 30 minutes with this DIY tutorial.DIY instructions include photos every step of the way. Use fresh, raw milk for unrivaled results. Simple, fun and delicious!
8/1/2012 5:58:32 AM
When my husband said he wanted a horse, I told him he was nuts. Now that he has a horse, I've finally figured out what the purpose of a horse is.
7/29/2012 3:39:47 PM
Basic biosecurity measures are important to protect the health of your chickens. Biosecurity is a routine of run hygiene to keep your chickens safe from disease, which spreads easily from infected flocks, but it's fairly easy to reduce the risk.
7/28/2012 11:06:53 AM
Country living: it's all about the fresh country air. Or, is it?
7/27/2012 3:03:01 PM
Molting is the loss of feathers and their subsequent re-growth. See what it looks like and learn how to help chickens get through it a little more easily.
7/27/2012 10:46:58 AM
Render lard and revisit the virtues of your grandmother’s secret ingredient.
7/27/2012 10:06:46 AM
Summertime is filled with fun & adventure...but it's also a time of strong storms and possible damage. How prepared are we and what can we do to be better prepared?
7/25/2012 8:24:01 AM
She was my favorite hen...and then she crowed.
7/24/2012 7:39:59 PM
Heat and drought proved to be an interesting combination on the Niles farm.
7/24/2012 9:09:05 AM
Nuts and tree sap are important food sources for local wildlife.
7/22/2012 11:40:02 PM
What can one do with 2.5 acres of land? Why, the possibilities are ENDLESS...
7/21/2012 8:23:05 AM
Take the time every few weeks to do a complete comb to toe check up of each of your chickens to prevent serious health issues from compounding. If you spend enough time with them on a regular basis, you will know what is normal and what is not.
7/20/2012 5:04:32 PM
A short story about how we helped save a turtle from a cat.
7/20/2012 3:37:57 PM
Egg binding is a serious condition in which an egg gets stuck inside the hen just prior to release. It can be life threatening, which is why every backyard chicken-keeper should know how to detect, prevent and treat if necessary.
7/20/2012 3:06:51 PM
Learn how to trim your chicken's toenails in this simple tutorial.
7/17/2012 11:25:51 PM
Chicken Spraddle Leg or Splayed Leg, is a leg deformity in chickens that can be permanent if not corrected. Causes, prevention and treatment of spraddle leg and curled or crooked toes is simple and effective when intervention occurs early.
7/16/2012 11:56:46 AM
Like mites, chickens can be affected by poultry lice. This post gives you all the information you need to prevent, identify and treat your entire flock including natural alternatives and techniques.
7/15/2012 8:03:36 AM
Molting is the process that chickens (and other birds) go through to replace old, broken and dirty feathers with new healthy ones. Help your flock get the added protein they need during this period by baking them up a loaf of Molt Meatloaf.
7/14/2012 9:10:06 AM
This blog explains the anchoring of a picnic table in the bad part of town, shows how well a new garden is doing, and expresses the joy over the first tomato harvested.
7/13/2012 4:07:39 PM
When a friend mentioned he had time to waste, it got me thinking about priorities. I want my life to count! Living a purposeful rural life is extremely rewarding--and it's time well spent.
7/11/2012 4:42:43 PM
As usual things, something is always going on. The pigs and chickens got there outside runs, hay season is in full swing, and the girls finally got to pull their tractors.
7/11/2012 12:46:11 PM
Stress can cause chickens to become confused about where home is and result in them not returning to the safety of the coop at night. Coop Training is a simple, effective method for teaching chickens to come home to roost.
7/9/2012 12:01:20 AM
In the City, it's the sirens. In the country, it's all manner of nocturnal animals. ALL of whom want to come by and say 'hello' - right under the bedroom window. Earplugs are made for those of us who find even Nature a bit too vocal at night.
7/8/2012 10:22:42 PM
Heat stress can result in death very quickly for chickens if not managed properly. Adding electrolytes to chicken waterers is one way to help them survive in excessively high heat. Make an electrolyte solution inexpensively from common pantry items.
7/8/2012 8:32:49 PM
Here's a quick, easy recipe for Homemade Electrolytes that help your flock replenish the nutrients lost in extreme heat.
7/5/2012 4:55:00 PM
When three of our hens were broody, we thought we'd see if they'd adopt a batch of hatchery chicks. It worked! Here we share some ideas for a successful hen and chick adoption.
7/5/2012 3:20:46 PM
Sometimes disconnecting from modern technology allows for a greater connection with bigger things.
7/5/2012 1:59:50 PM
Make Raw Apple Cider Vinegar WITH the Mother! The health benefits of raw ACV have been touted by people for centuries & adding it to the drinking water of chickens improves gut health, reduces slime in the waterers and combats heat stress.
7/5/2012 8:12:14 AM
ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc. has announced the acquisition of certain assets (including physical assets) of Liquid Feed Commodities.
7/4/2012 11:52:19 AM
Young animal babies can be appealing but our presence can bring mama to the defense!
7/3/2012 2:22:44 PM
Two very simple changes are adding up to big water savings in our household.
7/3/2012 1:21:11 PM
The Dog Days of Summer have hit the Niles' farm. Stress due to heat and humidity are taking a toll on the animals and humans on the farm.
7/3/2012 12:13:17 PM
Thinking about having your hens hatch some eggs for chicks? Here are 5 things you need to know before you get started with hens raising chicks.
7/3/2012 8:29:47 AM
Frogs are a leading indicator of garden health.
7/2/2012 6:08:21 PM
Have you ever had trouble with your chickens eating their eggs ? It can be a hard habit to break. Here are 7 reasons why it might have started and suggestions on breaking this messy habit.
7/2/2012 8:06:21 AM
The Chicken Fountain, LLC, a provider of poultry watering systems and products, announced the release of their new product line of passive flow semi-sealed poultry watering devices.
6/29/2012 3:27:26 PM
My adventure helping the hubby build a raised vegetable garden to add to my growing garden collections!
6/28/2012 7:39:51 PM
Heat Stress is a serious condition that can affect chickens during soaring temperatures. Learn about heat stress and enjoy our tips that will help keep your flock cool and comfortable during the Summer months.
6/27/2012 5:24:00 PM
Andy and Becky recap the last three months and all the changes herein. Included are a move, a new garden, jobs and great expectations for the coming months...
6/26/2012 9:55:18 PM
Reduce feed waste by building your own PVC chicken feeder for less than $12 and 20 minutes with these DIY instructions.
6/26/2012 5:40:00 PM
These grassfed heritage cattle breeds will turn your grazing acres into meat, milk, and money.
6/26/2012 2:44:16 PM
With an abundance of tomatoes from our very first homestead garden, we canned diced tomatoes for the first time.
6/26/2012 12:54:32 PM
Plant native trees to attract birds and butterflies to your garden
6/25/2012 11:16:29 PM
Maintaining a clean water supply to chickens and other poultry a major challenge. Poultry nipple waterers solve that problem inexpensively & simply. Follow these DIY instructions to make your own!
6/25/2012 9:48:37 PM
A happy accident brings a run of surprise pumpkins.
6/25/2012 8:45:38 PM
If a hurricane or tornado were headed your way, would you have a plan to keep your flock safe ? Here is what we did when Hurricane Irene hit unexpectedly last summer.
6/25/2012 3:37:43 PM
Disaster planning ahead of time can help you prevent emergency situations from turning into disasters.
6/25/2012 2:46:45 PM
Usually when I try to say something with authority, I find myself proven wrong.
6/25/2012 2:45:00 PM
Keep your animals comfortable when the heat’s on with tips for summer livestock management.
6/25/2012 12:50:00 PM
Hank Will shows you how to make hay by hand using his Austrian-style scythe with a custom snath.
6/25/2012 9:35:00 AM
Local angling holes provide a valuable food source as well as hours of fun and fulfillment.
6/24/2012 12:08:43 AM
Sarah's faith in at least some of today's youth is restored when she is rescued in a teenager in a 70's Ford pickup.
6/21/2012 10:04:55 AM
While young birds are charming to watch, they often have short, danger filled lives. I give them the help that I can but many don't live through their first year.
6/20/2012 3:35:52 PM
Backyard chickens and honey bees can coexist harmoniously. This new beekeeper did some research before introducing two honey bee hives on her property.
6/20/2012 1:26:04 PM
Identify and treat bumblefoot,a common foot infection in chickens & ducks commonly presents as swelling, redness, a black scab or limping. Left untreated, it can be deadly. Graphic but important photos & treatment videos included.
6/19/2012 4:26:33 PM
And egg bound hen could die if she isn't able to lay the egg within 48 hours, so an accurate diagnosis and swift treatment is necessary. Learn how to spot, what to do and possibly how to prevent egg binding.
6/19/2012 3:24:49 PM
Just another week on the farm.
6/19/2012 1:28:01 PM
Create a healthy prairie by removing invasive plants
6/18/2012 5:57:58 PM
DIY skunk smell removal solution with common, household items.
6/18/2012 9:52:27 AM
This post is about the progress at Terra Nova Gardens. It's about the experimental methods of weed control.
6/16/2012 12:32:10 AM
A quiet joyride in the country observing baby animals leads to some frightening algebra equations on how many will actually FIT on 2.5 acres. Galavanting included.
6/16/2012 12:21:20 AM
One person's dove of peace is another's source of incessant cooing...
6/15/2012 11:52:41 AM
Fostering and adopting rescued animals, in this case, dogs, is a wonderful experience. Watching them change from frightened, shy dogs to playful, happy dogs is rewarding. I was a Foster Mom, now Failed Foster Mom, as one person called me because I adopted all four dogs whom I fostered. (Apparently, this happens to many foster parents.)
6/14/2012 10:51:44 PM
Being prepared for some of the most common medical emergencies that affect backyard chickens includes keeping a well-stocked first aid kit and having a plan in place for temporary housing.
6/13/2012 10:41:16 AM
Deer tick season and the threat of Lyme Disease hits home.
6/12/2012 6:42:52 PM
Simple DIY instructions for blowing out backyard fresh eggs. Learn how to preserve their natural beauty for display. Decorating ideas and instructions included!
6/12/2012 11:43:18 AM
Fire is a necessary component of sustaining a healthy prairie
6/12/2012 10:36:13 AM
Using harsh chemicals around your chickens is never a good idea. Try this homemade, all natural cleaner instead with the antibacterial properties of vinegar and solvency of orange oil, as well as insect repelling properties of vanilla and cinnamon.
6/11/2012 8:33:21 AM
Montana reintroduces bison from Yellowstone National Park, causing some farmers and ranchers to express mixed feelings.
6/10/2012 10:20:53 PM
During one cold winter spell while taking a calf to the Veterinary in the family car, My parents found a stowaway nestled in the engine compartment.
6/10/2012 3:34:51 PM
Life is has been busy on the farm and off. We are getting ready to go to the MREA Fair in Custer WI.
6/8/2012 11:28:00 AM
Lazy summer days are best spent with a rod and reel, as the author discovered after learning to fish from his mother.
6/8/2012 8:22:15 AM
Equustock, LLC’s 100% natural absorbent spill cleanup product, Absorb & Clean, was selected as a winner of Hardware Retailing’s Retailer’s Choice Award at the 2012 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
6/6/2012 8:37:23 PM
Sharing rural knowhow with others can lead to rich rewards.
6/6/2012 5:11:28 PM
A dog that will not stay home is a problem for all. An invisible fence may be just the solution to keep you and the dog both happy.
6/6/2012 1:15:21 PM
Backyard chicken-keepers can expect to collect both beautiful and bizarre eggs from their hens over time. The following photos illustrate both the pretty and the pathetic with accompanying explanations for how both are produced.
6/4/2012 3:58:13 PM
High heat is dangerous for chickens and measures must be taken by their caretakers to ensure their well-being, particularly when temperatures increase suddenly. Heat stroke, heat-induced stress and death can result when a chicken is overheated.
6/4/2012 3:38:19 PM
Such a multi-purpose animal - and they're cute too!
6/4/2012 10:34:00 AM
Spring has brought geese to Biggers' Farm, Gertie the pig is expecting, more work on the small house, and Biggers' Farm publishes a book on raising pastured pigs that is now available on Kindle.
6/2/2012 9:19:01 AM
When you live 10 miles from the county dump and believe in garden compost, it's NOT a stretch to ALSO believe in Raccoons as Organic Waste Disposal Systems...
6/1/2012 3:14:51 PM
Nest box curtains provide privacy to egg-laying hens, discourage egg-eating and broodiness, and give brooding hens darkness and privacy that they seek.
5/31/2012 7:43:05 AM
The legend of the rainbow warriors is part of the core mythos of the Americas, and tells of how people will come together to heal themselves, the land, and all the Earth.
5/30/2012 8:14:32 PM
We've been mentored by many people and learned from countless books, magazines, and websites about the rural life. We remember a pioneer of modern homesteading who inspired us to seek this lifestyle.
5/30/2012 2:15:56 PM
Spring has finally arrived in full swing and there is plenty happening. The chickens are enjoying their new home as well as their neighbors, the pigs. Even the garden is planted.
5/30/2012 12:31:34 PM
In order for hens to lay eggs with well-formed strong shells, they require calcium. Learn how to recycle your eggshells as a source of calcium for your flock.
5/30/2012 11:13:04 AM
The Niles' family raised broilers for the first time from day old to freezer. There are many steps and mis-steps to doing it yourself from feeding, space, weather and care. Our path was one of learning.
5/30/2012 7:41:11 AM
Fostering and adopting rescued animals, in this case, dogs, is a wonderful experience. Watching them change from frightened, shy dogs to playful, happy dogs is rewarding. I was a Foster Mom, now Failed Foster Mom, as one person called me, because
5/29/2012 3:54:45 PM
There are so many edible flowers that both you and your chickens can enjoy, why not plant some in and around the run this year as well in your flower beds.
5/29/2012 1:52:45 PM
Water is critically important to chickens; they rely on it to regulate body temperature, digest food, eliminate waste and produce eggs. A lack of water even for brief periods can affect egg production noticeably.
5/29/2012 8:15:24 AM
Corby a former Kansas Hunter Education Instructor of the Year
5/29/2012 6:58:44 AM
Why birds, bees, and butterflies need native plants
5/26/2012 10:15:09 AM
Cow Karma: in a world of Good Cow Bad Cow, there ARE both kinds - and I celebrate BOTH.
5/24/2012 9:48:14 PM
I've been battling with a Carolina wren trying to build a nest where she really didn't need to build. My overgrown flower beds are finally getting attention.
5/24/2012 11:56:09 AM
Hummingbirds seem to be everywhere--chances are there are some near your home. It's not hard to draw them to your yard or garden and keep them coming back. Here are some tips for attracting and feeding your local hummingbirds.
5/22/2012 4:04:23 PM
Do you have an over grown area that needs cleaning up? Are your woods an eye sore? Find out how we used our pigs to clean up our woods, and re-claim our property!
5/22/2012 2:23:24 PM
The magical growing and shrinking egg is a great kitchen experiment to learn about osmosis.
5/22/2012 10:15:44 AM
When a fire is lit, and everyone is gathered around, the animal story telling ritual is slightly different from humans.
5/22/2012 8:08:04 AM
Have you ever wondered what the differences are between chicken and duck eggs? Wonder no more!
5/21/2012 9:25:51 AM
Some women have to contend with The Other Woman. I had to deal with The Other Skunk: a non-stinker residing literally under my very nose.
5/19/2012 5:07:57 PM
Taking care of bottle calves is a lot harder that it looks; on your time, patiences and heart. In my blog, I will highlight the steps we took as purchased 3 bottle calves through Craigslist.
5/17/2012 9:40:20 AM
Oh deer me - they are large, they are alien, and they come not in peace, but to eat the garden. But our resident Deer Whisperer has a solution…
5/16/2012 2:06:42 PM
We take one more step to being self sufficient and buy a dairy goat.
5/16/2012 11:56:41 AM
A livestock guardian dog is on the job 24/7. Callie the Maremma Sheepdog tells a little about her day watching over people, livestock, and the property she calls home.
5/11/2012 11:31:49 AM
Our journey into self-sufficiency has been an interesting trip. This is where it all began.
5/9/2012 4:57:57 PM
Springtime brings new animal babies to the farm. At our farm we have little piglets and broody hens awaiting tiny chicks.
5/8/2012 2:46:04 PM
It's a lot easier to keep your chickens healthy and their immune systems strong than to try and treat a sick chicken. The 'holistic trinity', apple cider vinegar, garlic and diatomaceous earth, will go a long way towards that goal.
5/8/2012 10:15:48 AM
Meet Chienne, an endearing Great Pyrenees pup; very energetic, smart, trainable and cute, which has saved her from a heap of trouble during the last several months.
5/6/2012 5:08:43 PM
This post explains all the garden activity for Terra Nova Gardens and at the Urban Ranch. It explains the reasons for having a fountian in the water storage tank.
5/1/2012 5:54:35 PM
Our first experience raising Welsummers began this past March with two hatching eggs. It has been so interesting to watch our little rooster and little hen grow up side by side and see the subtle differences emerge.
5/1/2012 10:20:14 AM
Animal happenings at home and at work.
4/30/2012 12:20:42 PM
What works best for Windy Meadows Farm is a hen house checklist for keeping our little flock's home clean. Broken down into daily, weekly, monthly, and once-a-year cleaning, it's easy to stay on top of the chores...and have happy hens!
4/27/2012 10:47:01 AM
The much awaited moving day for the chickens has finally arrived!! It's also time to get ready for the arrival of at least 2 pigs and whatever else may find its way here, except for more snow.
4/24/2012 11:26:30 AM
I question my reponses to previous situations.
4/24/2012 11:02:51 AM
Adventure of the Avian kind
4/24/2012 7:56:40 AM
Spraddle leg is a treatable condition in chicks that can occur during incubation if the temperature is too high, by a vitamin deficiency or, most commonly, from a slippery brooder floor. Learn how to avoid and remedy this common chick malady.
4/23/2012 4:19:29 PM
Finally - a dream come true - we are living on our little homestead!! And we got our first ever packages of bees the same weekend!
4/23/2012 11:46:22 AM
Hogs are a never-ending source of amusement!
4/21/2012 7:56:30 PM
This post is about building a wood border to prevent digging critters, weed control, daylilies in the wrong place, building raised beds with wood chips for garden paths.
4/20/2012 2:40:22 PM
Be careful when identifying skunks or you might get sprayed.
4/20/2012 12:06:55 PM
Three seasonal mixes available at independent feed dealers
4/19/2012 12:18:30 PM
A recent consumer study by Tractor Supply Company validates the many headlines across the country about the growing interest in chicken ownership.
4/19/2012 8:53:47 AM
Rabbits may be bad for the garden, but seem to make dandy pets.
4/18/2012 12:53:19 PM
Fresh and dried herbs have amazing health and well-being benefits not only for humans, but also for chickens and also provide a bit of aromatherapy for your flock.
4/18/2012 11:32:29 AM
A quick & easy how-to on tidying-up the hen house after a long winter.
4/18/2012 10:19:00 AM
Rare domesticated animals need engaged stewards to survive. Raise heritage chickens and you’ll find some of the best egg laying chickens around.
4/18/2012 8:20:02 AM
Ways to preserve the seasonal bounty of eggs
4/16/2012 10:40:53 PM
My trip to the manufacturer to get a belt for my five foot finishing mower has an interesting side trip.
4/16/2012 1:15:55 PM
When our family purchased ducklings, we did not expect them to turn into adventurers. Meet Passamaquoddy, Dunk, Drip, Donald, Daisy, Hooey, Dooey, Looey, and Phooey.
4/16/2012 12:12:10 PM
Like many shelters and animal rescues, Changing Leads Equine Rescue in Kansas City, Missouri knows a sluggish economy has a huge impact on animals.
4/16/2012 11:20:00 AM
Learn everything you need to know about raising alpacas, including buying, feeding, breeding and much more.
4/14/2012 11:07:16 PM
This post contains progress on the new garden property known as Terra Nova Gardens; the process for building the critter proof fence; and the wild turkeys checking out the fence with old Tom strutting his stuff.
4/13/2012 4:04:15 PM
Hay is a lot of work for grown ups, but it sure is fun for kids!
4/13/2012 11:34:26 AM
A bit of April snow and cold weather puts a damper on the coop, a quick fix for the broiler feeder, are chicks and bunnies good eater presents, and an awesome french toast recipe.
4/12/2012 11:36:29 AM
A recent experience at work causes Shannon to apply what she's learned by gardening to other aspects of her life.
4/10/2012 5:40:54 PM
What is a livestock guardian dog? How are livestock guardians different from other farm dogs? Find out in this exclusive interview with Maremma Sheepdog Augie.
4/9/2012 11:21:08 AM
Advice for raising Peking ducks for first timers from a first timer.
4/7/2012 12:56:22 PM
This post is about vacationing with family, building a rustic fence, bartering with neighbors, making soap, and loving spring weather.
4/5/2012 9:37:45 AM
An introduction to our family's journey of raising animals, rekindling traditions, and creating new ones.
4/4/2012 10:03:51 PM
I've gotten very behind on my yard work, but I do have a good reason.
4/4/2012 1:29:45 PM
Animal interactions on the farm can be entertaining, touching, and enlightening. Here's a little bit about how horses, cows, and chickens communicate and interact.
4/3/2012 5:00:00 PM
Spring came early to the mountains, which means lots of work, such as flooring and animal rearing.
4/2/2012 8:44:11 PM
The hens have unwelcome gentleman callers.
4/2/2012 5:03:00 PM
That first peep, heard at a distance, was the beginning of a great spring on the farm!
4/2/2012 1:51:02 PM
When a goat makes a mistake of believing to be kidnapped.
3/28/2012 10:30:02 AM
Vigilance and a rooster or two protect against flying chicken predators such as turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles.
3/27/2012 10:55:42 PM
Our first East Fresian lamb.
3/27/2012 10:36:29 AM
A little bit about cattle breeds and an update on the DIY dairy room.
3/27/2012 6:47:14 AM
Warm weather causes farmers to sprint to catch up with spring.
3/23/2012 2:05:44 PM
The land is well beyond calling. It's howling. Howling so loud it cannot be ignored. This ear-ringing reality came to the forefront on the front page of The New York Times. loud, unexplained noises are happening around the world.
3/23/2012 9:38:25 AM
A tale of how an ordinary evening turns into a stinky situation when dog gets sprayed by a skunk, and a great recipe for getting out the smell.
3/22/2012 12:20:00 PM
Jail break lamb-ey style.
3/22/2012 11:52:44 AM
Can horses read our minds? Do horses know what we say? I use to wonder – now I don't.
3/21/2012 3:56:37 PM
Our first experience in hatching chicks included an incubator and a hen who wanted to become a mother.
3/21/2012 12:11:57 PM
AgLocal, a meat-to-table online marketplace connecting independent farms and producers with the demand of businesses and consumers, was selected as a finalist in the 4th annual SXSW Accelerator presented by Microsoft BizSpark.
3/20/2012 6:06:42 PM
This post is about spring time flowers blooming, making ice cream, and cleaning out plugged drains the poor man's way.
3/20/2012 2:59:54 PM
The homestead is coming together, are we're almost ready to be there full-time next month. In one whirlwind weekend, we got our entire plumbing plan installed - thanks in large part to our wonderful neighbors - and our first garden fenced.
3/19/2012 10:26:17 PM
We are nearing the end of our first lambing season! There have been good times and bad lately as we learn about lambing and all that goes with it. From midnight triplets, to stillborn deliveries. Come see some of our newest editions!
3/16/2012 1:40:00 PM
The Sell family gives an update on their comings and goings, as well as a few near tragedies along the way. All in all, as Wisconsin enjoys unseasonably warm weather, Andy and Becky are hopeful for the future!
3/16/2012 12:29:22 PM
Repurpose old shirts into a yarn of sorts to knit or crochet many different projects.
3/15/2012 12:10:03 PM
Allen Williams, industry consultant and contributor to the Grassfed Exchange, noted recently that the U.S. cow herd has fallen to its lowest levels since 1952, with the 2011 calf crop the smallest in the last 60 years.
3/13/2012 9:48:00 PM
Floor leveling begins. What, a floor should be level? Hmmm.
3/12/2012 11:51:49 AM
Where I have a crazy weekend, and I share all that I have learned.
3/7/2012 12:11:16 PM
Spring is in the air and all species of boys are showing off.
3/6/2012 10:19:42 PM
Tragedy strikes the hooligans.
3/6/2012 2:21:36 PM
You never know what the day might hold.
3/6/2012 12:09:13 PM
A Snap-Shot of Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds in the United States
3/6/2012 11:05:57 AM
Join our family on our wild and woolly weekend adventure as we race against tornadoes, meet Fred and Dino Flintstone, see a pink alpaca, and visit Beech Grove Confederate Cemetary.
3/6/2012 10:37:26 AM
An excellent appetizer course for your dinner party, this Spinach Egg Drop Soup Recipe is also a great choice for a light lunch.
3/6/2012 10:02:22 AM
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a toast using eggnog, and this Classic Cooked Eggnog Recipe will quickly become a tradition.
3/5/2012 3:48:09 PM
For a different take on tonight’s dinner, go Asian with noodles, eggs and this Pad Thai Recipe.
3/5/2012 3:44:23 PM
Lentils are filling and healthy, and they make a great pairing with chicken in this chicken-lentil salad.
3/5/2012 3:32:39 PM
Light yet satisfying, this Chicken-Citrus Salad Recipe makes a great lunch or dinner.
3/5/2012 3:27:51 PM
This Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe is great for breakfast or dessert.
3/5/2012 3:11:30 PM
A simple stew, such as this Southern-Style Chicken Stew, is perfect for a busy, blustery weekday.
3/5/2012 2:57:01 PM
This Chicken With Grapes and Rosemary Recipe is simple but elegant.
3/5/2012 2:29:20 PM
This chicken wings recipe couldn’t be easier—only four ingredients!
3/5/2012 2:19:18 PM
Serve these Tuscan chicken sandwiches for your next big party or gathering.
3/5/2012 2:08:23 PM
Porcini-cider sauce makes this simple chicken recipe taste more special.
3/5/2012 2:00:47 PM
Everybody loves chicken wings! Try this recipe with grilled ginger plum coulis.
3/5/2012 1:36:38 PM
These chicken lettuce wraps are healthy and quick to make.
3/5/2012 1:19:00 PM
This recipe for creamy chicken tortillas is an easy crowd pleaser.
3/5/2012 1:05:39 PM
These summertime chicken sandwiches are quick to make, especially if you use a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
3/5/2012 12:24:33 PM
The monthly meeting of the Pigs, to solve and address any problems that they have encountered.
3/5/2012 12:02:23 PM
Keep your summer evenings simple with basic recipes such as this chicken linguini dish.
3/5/2012 11:47:05 AM
An excellent way to use up a large number of eggs, this Angel Food Cake Recipe is a light and dreamy dessert that everyone likes.
3/5/2012 11:37:17 AM
Savor the flavors of spring with this chicken tenders recipe.
3/5/2012 11:23:17 AM
A Meringue Kisses Recipe will make sweet little cookies that are as light as air, and easy to pop into your mouth.
3/5/2012 11:17:33 AM
Savor the flavors of spring with this Chicken Thighs With Sautéed Radishes Recipe.
3/5/2012 11:05:09 AM
Savor the flavors of spring with this simple chicken fricassee recipe.
3/5/2012 10:49:51 AM
This Lemon Pound Cake Recipe is a lemony answer for the perfect comfort food.
3/5/2012 10:17:40 AM
Try this Hot Chocolate Soufflé Recipe, a great new dessert idea with eggs and chocolate!
3/3/2012 3:55:48 PM
This post shows some progress on a basement food storage area, installation of a shop light as a ceiling light, and improvements made on a rain barrel water catch system.
3/2/2012 4:58:40 PM
Branch out and try this delicious Broccoli-Cheddar Frittata Recipe for Sunday brunch.
3/2/2012 3:57:15 PM
Here's a breakfast omelet that is sure to please everyone at the table.
2/29/2012 1:09:24 PM
I knew I'd experience the empty nest syndrome when my kids were all out on their own. A flock of chickens saved the day!
2/29/2012 10:15:19 AM
Mild winter temperatures can be a blessing for farmers but big trouble for bees. Honey stores can become depleted faster than you think.
2/28/2012 2:13:26 PM
Branch out from mundane breakfast choices with a delicious Ham and Egg Casserole Recipe, or take your eggs to the dinner table in a Classic Flan Recipe for dessert.
2/28/2012 12:22:38 PM
Learn how to caramelize sugar and bake the Classic Flan Recipe your friends and family will love.
2/28/2012 11:51:25 AM
Get our tips and tricks for great-tasting Bacon and Cheddar Deviled Eggs.
2/28/2012 11:18:56 AM
This Quiche Lorraine Recipe is great served with a tossed salad and fresh fruit dessert.
2/28/2012 10:50:08 AM
Try this Ham and Egg Casserole Recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
2/27/2012 1:28:34 PM
Uffie's version of how we aquired our goats. Told in the form of a bedtime story.
2/26/2012 10:55:57 PM
On sunny days in winter, honeybees will leave their hives to relieve themselves and pitch out the dead.
2/23/2012 10:36:38 PM
Hindsight is always worth the look.
2/23/2012 7:40:49 PM
Save yourself some money, make your own laundry detergent!
2/23/2012 5:19:13 PM
These winter chicken recipes are warming yet healthy.