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Rhonda Crank

Raising Happy, Healthy Heritage Breeds of Pigs

on March 26, 2017

breeds of pigs

One of my earliest childhood memories is of slopping the pigs with Papa. He made everything fun and loved teaching us about caring for the land and animals. The smoke house is gone now but for years after he passed the smell of smoking meat wafted from the walls and ground of the smokehouse.

We recently talked about the best heritage breeds of pigs for your homestead. Now, let’s look at raising the breed you’ve chosen. Heritage breeds of pigs don’t require special housing or constant watching over. We’ve found they require less time and attention than any other livestock we’ve had.

Basic Needs and Protection

If they are provided pasture and forest for rooting and grazing, a place to drink, a place to make their wallows, and basic shelter for sleep, they pretty much fend for themselves. Pigs are pretty defenseless so we have to ensure their protection from predators but this is true of any livestock.

Because pigs are freedom-loving creatures, they need strong boundaries. They don’t know about property lines or trespassing laws. They root and eat on the go so without a strong fence, even having them on a large piece of land won’t ensure they stay off the neighbors’ land.  Continue reading


Best Heritage Breeds of Pigs For The Homestead

on March 9, 2017

breeds of pigs

I can’t tell you what breeds of pigs my grandfather raised, it wasn’t something I even thought of until we decided we wanted to raise them ourselves. Sadly, he was no longer in this world for me to talk to about it. Some of my earliest memories are of him teaching me to slop the hogs.

When it comes to animals on the homestead, choosing the right breed to succeed is crucial. Choosing the best breeds of pigs for the homestead offers challenges all its own. Who knew there were so many choices?

When you choose the best breeds of pigs for your goals and resources, you’re on your way to a productive, easier to handle, and more hardy herd. As you probably know, we choose to raise heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. This is good for them and for us.

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Brooding Your Mail Order Chicks

on February 14, 2017

Caring For Mail Order Chicks

Caring for your mail order chicks is very different from setting your own hens, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. We’ll show you everything you need to know and have ready for them so that you’ll have a successful brooding experience.

I once read, “It’s important to distinguish between the ideal and the good enough reality of doing things.” The ideal way usually involves more money than most of us want to spend. You decide what the reality of “good enough” is for you and your chicks. As my grandfather would say, “There’s as many ways of gettin’ a farm job done as there’s farmers….”

Before your chicks arrive, there are some basic things you need to have ready and waiting. Continue reading


What’s The Difference In Types of Salt?

on January 26, 2017

types of salt

I seem to be getting this question a lot lately, “What’s the difference in the types of salt?”

In the media filled world we live in, it can be hard to find a true answer to this question. One source will say refined table salt is fine as long as you don’t over-indulge. Another will point to research and history revealing the health benefits of real salt. All types of salt are not the same, that’s a fact.

The best health for your family and homestead is a major concern for you. If you’re like I was, you’re wondering if the one you choose makes a difference?  The short answer is yes, it does. Continue reading


Raising Heritage Breed Chocolate Turkeys

on January 20, 2017

chocolate turkeys

Our goal is to help preserve as many of the endangered heritage breeds as we can. This is just one reason we chose Chocolate Turkeys. Because we focus on raising endangered heritage breed livestock, we went to The Livestock Conservancy’s website to research heritage turkey breeds. 

We raise heritage breed chickens, so adding heritage breed turkeys seemed the natural thing to do. Raising turkeys is more challenging than raising any other poultry. We didn’t choose Chocolate Turkeys because they’re made of chocolate, which would be a good reason indeed. Our reasons were more personal. Continue reading