In this blog we go through the thought process for choosing poultry for a integrated self sustainable farm in the Northern United States. Poultry are chosen for the ability to do well in extreme cold temperatures, ability to provide eggs and meat as well as foraging ability for pest and weed control of crops.
While chickens preen in the spotlight, geese are the historic unsung heroes of small farms and homesteads. Providing weed control, large eggs, and entertainment, and acting as “security” over other animals, geese are the ultimate modern homesteading companion. The Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese This book covers everything you need to know to raise […]
Anyone that keeps ducks can attest to the moment of shear panic every summer when they go about their morning chores only to find HUGE amounts of fluffy feathers covering the run and duck house. My mind immediately jumps to the worst conclusion – a predator attack – until my ducks waddle up to me […]
Duck eggs are highly prized by bakers and gourmet chefs alike, but how are duck eggs different than your standard chicken egg?
Often times when setting up a homestead, most people think of adding chickens to their backyard, but what about ducks? What are the main differences of Ducks VS Chickens? Ducks typically aren’t thought of or included in the homestead plans. But did you know that they have many benefits and often times are better than […]
If you’re new to hatching duck eggs, here’s a few tips that helped me get through our hatch. Collect and store eggs at room temperature for up to 10 days. But, the longer they are stored, the lower the hatch rate. And ensure that you’re using clean eggs, but aren’t washing them before setting them […]