Advice and resources for beekeeping, livestock, pets, poultry, and wildlife.

Splitting Wood by Hand

By C. Dayton

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.

Updates from Biggers' Farm: Piglets, Calves, Fishing, Etc.

By Samantha Biggers

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.

Reasons for Missing Feathers on Backyard Chickens

By Melissa Caughey

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.

Sampling Urban Wildlife

By Joan Pritchard

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.


Ending the year with joy

By Nebraska Dave

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.

A step back in time

By Sarah Schartz

An excerpt from Sarah's Great Grandmother's journal. Shows the food she canned in 1924 and 1925 for her family of four boys.

Musings on a Cold Winter's Day

By Heather Jackson

Cold day thoughts from the farm!

Reign Deer Games

By Diane Donovan

So you DON'T BELIEVE in Santa? You WILL believe in his reindeer, though...and they have plans far beyond the holidays!