It’s officially Fall here on the homestead and with the cooler temperatures, it’s the perfect time to start working on some outdoor projects. It’s also the time to start planning for Spring, which seems a bit crazy but chicks hatched now will be laying by early spring and the lack of demand for fertile eggs makes this the perfect time to hatch out chicks that I can keep for my own breeding programs or sell as started pullets later on. Fall is the perfect time to start all the background work necessary for spring projects. Since last year was a learning and growing year forRead More →

Fresh air, peaceful lifestyles, and inherent exercise benefits are just a few of the reasons why homesteading can be great from a health perspective. Unfortunately, it’s also essential to remember that a homestead isn’t altogether risk-free. In fact, whether you’re operating heavy machinery or attempting to manage surprisingly hefty cattle, keeping your wits about you is essential for avoiding injury or other escalating issues.  Of course, understanding your machinery and animals should offset these risks for the most part, but in some cases, you may find that homestead health also requires some more proactive safety steps, the most pressing of which we’re going to discussRead More →

Running a farm, whether it is a tiny hobby farm or a large industrial production, is not without expenses, but there are a few things you can do to live even more frugally than you currently do and decrease your day-to-day costs. In 2021, American farmers will face a contradiction of increased income (mostly from retail increases) and higher input prices (mainly from fertilizer and feeds). No one knows for certain how this post-pandemic year and the policies of the incoming government will impact consumer buying and agricultural labor prices. It may be a year of profit reductions that need innovative cost-cutting measures. A savingsRead More →

Rabbits are not the first animal that comes to mind when people think about starting a homestead but they probably should be! This is especially true if you live on a smaller property or even within city limits. Rabbits are multi-purpose quiet animals that don’t require huge pastures or extensive land to be happy and healthy. Rabbits were one of the first animals we added to our homestead and they’ve been a pretty great addition! Here is why you should consider homesteading with rabbits along with your chickens, quail, and goats! Homesteading With Rabbits This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchaseRead More →

When you think about homesteading there is a pretty good chance that several things come to mind. Chickens and gardens tend to be at the top of that list but what about goats? Homesteading with goats is very popular for a variety of reasons but it’s not always the first thing new homesteaders think about. Cows and sheep might be first on your mind but you’d be surprised to find out that goats can meet a lot of your homesteading needs in one cute and mischievous package! Homesteading with goats was an easy decision for me for a lot of reasons and while some ofRead More →

Warmer weather and a break from the rain made the last two months a lot more enjoyable than February and January! Homesteading in March and April was our first look at how spring would treat us and let me tell you the spring rush is real. The woods around the house are coming back to life and with that has come a million and one projects we need to work on. It’s exciting and I have to admit I kind of love it! At the very least I like being able to do chores in the morning without freezing! Here is what we’ve done inRead More →

I love to let my birds roam the property but there are times when they need to be contained. This might be because we are introducing some new birds to the flock, I’m trying to keep them out of a certain area (like my garden), or because a few of them have been misbehaving. If you read our last homesteading update you might have seen that our ducks have been being a little bratty. They have started to explore a bit closer to the road than I like and no matter how many times I herd them back they keep trying. Enter portable poultry fencing,Read More →