Backyard chickens have become increasingly popular for both homesteaders and urban hobby farmers. They provide eggs, meat, bug control, and are simply just fun to watch! They are tiny dinosaurs with wings! However, organic poultry crumbles can sell for as much as $25 per 50 lb bag. And at 1/3 to 1/4 lb per chicken […]
It’s a chicken–no, it’s a turkey–wait…it’s a guinea fowl! Guinea fowl are among the most misunderstood of all the birds you might own on your homestead. They have received a bad rap over the years, namely for their noisy nature and tendency to wander, but they also host a considerable amount of benefits for the […]
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 […]
There are times in your flock’s life when they need a bit of a boost: when they’re molting, during a cold snap – even when there’s a broody in the group! This is an inexpensive, simple to make recipe for a high protein treat using items you’re likely to have in your store cupboard. Your […]
As winter begins to draw to a close, our thoughts shift to spring and the new possibilities for our homestead. The seed and poultry magazines are beginning to arrive in our mailboxes, and farm stores are starting to sound with the familiar chirp of chicks. Since spring is a time of new beginning, there is […]
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.