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Pet turkeys?! While it may seem a bit unconventional, keeping turkeys as pets is becoming more popular. And it’s easy to see why! Turkeys are generally low maintenance and make a good outdoor animal. They bond well to their families and enjoy being social. We never expected to have a pet turkey! But, in a […]Read more »
I love my free range chickens. And I love my garden! Unfortunately, though, the two don’t always get along! Chickens can quickly destroy a garden. Luckily, there are things you can do to help! We enjoy a lot of benefits from letting our chickens free-range on our homestead! They provide bug control, help break down […]Read more »
Mixing it up, birds of different feathers CAN flock together. Keeping a mixed flock is a thought bound to cross your mind when those spring chicks start arriving at the feed store. Maybe you have chickens and think you might like to add some ducks. Maybe you have ducks and want to expand into more […]Read more »
Craft your own guinea incubator, and learn how to troubleshoot their hatching. (All photos by author.) Having incubated guineas three times now, I can attest that—despite the hard shells on their eggs—they aren’t any more difficult to hatch than chickens are. Not even when you use a cooler to keep them warm as I do! […]Read more »
On a whim, my husband decided to apply for a job…2400 miles from our current home. For some reason, he was shocked when the company contacted him for an interview. Suddenly, the whim went from “oh well that would be interesting” to “oh crap how are we going to move with 22 chickens, three pregnant […]Read more »
Laws tend to be about following rules, something that many homesteaders aren’t necessarily keen on embracing. Matt Wilkinson shares his take on existing small-scale poultry keeping and chicken processing laws and how you can make them work for you. Skeptic and Solution Finder I’ve never enjoyed being told what to do, especially if I could […]Read more »
Do’s and Don’t for buying chicks from feed stores, from blogger Kaylee Vaughn. Check out Part 1 Buying from Local Breeders and Part 2 Buying from Professional Hatcheries as well. You’ve decided to purchase your first chicks! Or, maybe, you are adding some new chicks to your existing flock! Either way, it’s an exciting […]Read more »
Part of our Breed Profiles series, Sussex chickens are dual purposes birds with several distinctive plumage patterns. History Possible, like the Dorking, originally introduced to the British Isles by the Romans Contemporary breed Originated in south east England area of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey. Probably most popular table bird in 19th c and through mid-20thc. […]Read more »
Learn about biodigesters and how they can help you process chicken poop, from permaculture writer Jonathon Engels. Where there are chickens, or any animal for that matter, poop is sure to follow. While this is often erroneously referred to as waste, the fact is that we can do lots of very useful things with manure. […]Read more »
Demystifying (but not de-mistyfing) chick incubators. -Advertisement- Believe it or not, incubation isn’t just an invention of the modern era. Historical records show that incubation of eggs was practiced in Ancient Egypt. Mud brick buildings, divided into chambers that were basically large ovens, were heated by burning straw, dung or charcoal. Temperature and ventilation were […]Read more »