Winter winds are howling and a good old fashioned New England nor’easter is knocking on the door. Most residents are rushing to the grocery store to stock up on batteries, bread and supplies for their family. Farmers have an additional concern weighing on their mind – how can I keep my animals comfortable in the […]
Guineas are pretty neat birds to have on your homestead. Having guineas around means you have a natural form of flea and tick control. Guineas are really low maintenance but they are one of the noisiest birds you will ever find. They are noisy for sure but you learn to get used to their calls […]
Ducks are an often under looked added value to the small homesteader. Duck eggs are in high demand by pastry chefs and home bakers alike due to the extra fluffiness and richness that duck eggs bring over chicken eggs. Those on a Paleo or Ketogenic diet value duck eggs due the higher fat and protein […]
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 […]