I suppose for any homesteader or farmer, illness in our flocks and herds causes us the most self-doubt relating to our knowledge and skills. There are five poultry diseases commonly encountered by backyard chicken keepers which I’d like to share with you. Sadly, many vets don’t treat diseases in poultry. Poultry is viewed as…Read More
An attacking rooster is something you will experience if you keep chickens, unless you don’t have roosters. I don’t know about you, but even though I’m bigger than him, there is something so intimidating about a rooster who comes out of nowhere and spurs me or even tries to. My oldest…Read More
Part of farm life is living a frugal life. When you spend $10.00 on a measly 1 lb of mealworms, it’s hardly cost effective or frugal. I will show you how you can raise your own mealworms for just a fraction of the cost of buying them. Not to mention, they are a healthy…Read More
Caring for your mail order chicks is very different from setting your own hens. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. I once read, “It’s important to distinguish between the ideal and the good enough reality of doing things.” Of course there’s an ideal way to do things, usually involving more money than most of us want to spend. The old-timers would often put their chicks by the wood stove in a galvanized tub to warm them. So as my grandfather would say, “There’s as many ways of gettin’ a farm job done as there’s farmers….”Read More
For many new chicken keepers, choosing the best chicken feed for their flock is a hard decision. There are so many options out there. Since we are what our animals eat, it’s important to us to feed them as healthy a diet as possible.
Even though we live as natural and healthy a life as we can in our modern world, avoiding all the toxins is simply impossible. We live and farm pretty much the way my grandparents did with a little modern tuneup, but they didn’t need to worry about the food supply as we do.Read More