Our latest chicken coop is a hoop house style made from an old greenhouse frame, with hog panel sides and salvaged tin for the front and back wall. We wrap it in 9 mil plastic for weather proofing. There are pros and cons to this type of chicken house, including maintenance, predator management, and the […]
Backyard farmers have to deal with the elements, drought, and disease, the same as large farmers. But the biggest challenge backyard farmers face is one large farms don’t generally have to contend with – neighbors. When farming in the suburbs, you are lucky if you have half or maybe a full acre. Often you have […]
They say that ducks are the “new chickens” – it seems backyard farmers all over the country are beginning to enjoy the pleasure of keeping ducks. If you are thinking about adding some ducks to your life, check out some of these popular duck breeds!
A chicken saddle is a simple to make and useful tool that every chicken keeper should have. This is a pattern for a quick and easy saddle that requires very little sewing. A saddle can help prevent loss of feathers from overly rambunctious roosters and can protect your hens from injury from pecking.
In recent years there has been a wonderful movement gaining traction is every corner of the country. People are wanting to know more about the food they are eating, the chemicals they are unknowingly bringing into their homes, wanting to live in harmony with the earth rather than harming it. Fresh Farmer’s Markets are popping […]
You don’t have to go off-grid and live in the middle of nowhere to be a self sufficient homesteader at heart. There are so many things you can do even in an inner city apartment. Below is a list of 10 skills that you can pick and choose from to start working on to become […]