There are hundreds of chicken breeds out there and it can be hard to know which ones are best suited to your farm, or why a chicken was bred with funny feathers or a bare neck. If you’ve ever been confused by the choices out there, here is a little bit of explanation behind the […]
Sometimes when a hive of bees arrives at your homestead, things don’t go as smoothly as planned. When the container queen is dead on arrival, you may need a replacement queen. But sometimes the bees already have what is referred to as a “rogue” queen bee.
Raising meat rabbits is an excellent way of providing lean protein for the self-sufficient family. Here is what you can expect from your bred rabbit, from kindling to the first 2 weeks of life.
My first experience milking a goat was a good one. I was at a friend’s farm, and she let me try my hand at milking two of her does. It took me awhile to get the hang of it, but once I found my rhythm I was good to go. Several months later, my doe […]
We lost one of our hens last week. It was quick and unexpected. I went down to check for eggs and found her breathing very heavy, like she was choking or couldn’t catch her breath. It was heartbreaking. I went to the internet to see what I could do to help her, but unfortunately, it […]
I’ve written about keeping chickens healthy in the winter but I didn’t realize that spring brings it’s own challenges, specifically, Impacted and sour crop. One day I went out to check on the chickens while they were scratching around in the dirt. I noticed that one chicken, Slater, was not scratching around with the others […]