Last year we raised 15 Cornish Cross meat chickens. I’ll admit, butchering day was tough, but those were the best tasted, totally organic chickens I’ve ever eaten. So this year we decided to up how many we raised. Then Mom asked me to raise a few for them. So this year we’re raising 40 Red […]
What about ducklings? When you are a homesteader, the most common animal people add first is chickens. They are easy to take care of, give you fresh eggs, eat lots of bugs, and turn your kitchen scraps into compost. Why go any further and add more animals such as ducks? Aren’t they dirty and noisy?a […]
Keeping chickens cool in the summer is an ongoing task here in Phoenix, AZ. Our temps have been nearly 120 degrees in the last week. As you can imagine keeping chickens cool in the desert heat is a challenge. But I can say I’ve never lost one of our hens to the heat in the […]
Fly strike can be a deadly condition if you don’t catch it early enough, learn what to look for and how to prevent it!
Your coop is the biggest investment you will make when raising chickens. Check out our tips for designing your perfect chicken coop!
A beehive (or two) is an excellent addition to a homestead, even in an urban area, as they don’t take up much space. Bees not only provide honey, but also pollination services and beeswax. Since we’ve had a couple of beehives near our vegetable garden I’ve had the best crop of pumpkins and capsicums since […]