Every animal on our homestead has a purpose and the guinea fowl are no exception. But you might be surprised at what that purpose is! Raising guinea fowl is not overly hard but it does come with some unique and sometimes funny challenges. I have to say that guinea fowl have been an interesting addition to our homestead and I don’t think I’ve ever met a more useful, yet arguably dumb, farm bird in my entire life. Quite a contradiction right? Keep reading to find out what I mean! Raising Guinea Fowl On The Homestead. This post may contain affiliate links. If you make aRead More →

The Christmas season is fast approaching and not only is it the perfect time of year to spend time with family and spoil everyone (even our furry friends!) with gifts, it’s also the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors! These Christmas gifts for dog handlers are perfect for hiking the fall and winter trails or working on some extra training during the offseason. Your dogs are unlikely to complain if you choose to spoil them with some new gear as they are sure to love the extra outdoor fun that goes with them! Christmas Gifts For Dog Handlers and Those Who Enjoy TheRead More →

As predicted this has been a slower month here on the homestead. Some months are just destined to be busier then others it seems like! That’s just the nature of homesteading today. With fall in the picture and the weather quickly turning cooler some activities are on the back burner. It’s unlikely that we will be adding any more livestock to the farm until spring, with the exception of raising some more quail and perhaps bringing a nice buck into our rabbit program. This is probably a good thing since the fall season also bring with it a lot of holiday fun. I love theRead More →

Several years ago I started raising backyard chickens so that my family could enjoy fresh eggs. The benefits of having a readily available source of good nutritious food has certainly proved itself worthwhile! No matter what happens at the grocery store I know I can count on the ladies and their eggs to feed us! In the past while raising baby chicks we were only able to raise four at a time due to space restrictions. Now that we have moved to a larger property it’s time to expand the flock! Homesteading with chickens is a great way to get our feet wet with thisRead More →

Most of us have first aid kits at home – or at the very least a slightly disorganized medicine cabinet with the basics! Especially if you have kids! Band-aids, thermometers and antibiotic creams seem to find their way into your cabinets on a regular basis because let’s face it … kids are accident-prone! Our pets might not suffer from skinned knees and small bumps quite as often but they still manage to find ways to hurt themselves now and then and being prepared with a pet based home emergency kit can really come in handy when those moments present themselves. While a first aid kitRead More →

It might be cold outside but that doesn’t mean your outdoor adventures have to stop! Staying active year-round is good for everyone in the family, including your furry friend! Just like you have to bundle up for the winter weather there might be days where your dog needs a bit of extra protection as well but as long as you keep this in mind there is no reason that you should stop having fun or refrain from taking your dog with you on a Northern adventure. Enjoying winter activities with your dog can be a lot of fun and a great way to motivate yourselfRead More →

Clicker training is very useful when your working with a new puppy or even an older dog that you want to teach a new trick. Learning how to clicker train your dog is exceptionally easy and while careful timing is important it’s simple to understand and practice. I discovered clicker training as a teenager while taking my family dog to a local training class called power paws. Although the class was basic it was pretty clear that clicker training worked and I have used it on every dog I have owned since. amazingly enough, clicker training can be used on practically any animal and it’sRead More →

bringing home a new puppy, German Shepherd Puppy

Christmas is coming up and your kid is desperate for a puppy. The thought of seeing the look on your kid’s face when they wake up Christmas morning to a happy ball of fur is enough to make you seriously consider it, but should you really? Getting pets for Christmas is universally considered to be a bad decision however, like most things, this isn’t always the case. Keep reading to see where your family fits in this decision! Pets For Christmas, Yes or No? This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking one of the links, I may receive aRead More →