All in Homestead Animals
All the extra questions you will have as you get started in your chicken keeping journey. Questions like: How long does a hen live? How soon will my chicken lay eggs? When will my chick get feathers? Why isn't my hen laying as much? How long does a chick need heat? And more!
Seeing a sweet chicken during its molt can be traumatic and worrisome! They're so....bald! And it looks like it hurts! Here's what you need to know about what happens during a chicken's molt, why the molt occurs in the first place, and finally---what you can do to help your chicken during the molting phase.
What is calcium powder? Why do we need to take it? Can it really remineralize our teeth? Find out about calcium carbonate powder, including how to make it with eggshells, how to use it, and why it's the best way to supplement your body with calcium!
Homesteading is hard to define. It means different things to different folks. Here is my definition of homesteading. What is homesteading? How do you do it? Where can you homestead? Find out my truths about the homesteading life!
Homestead animals require some different kinds of knowledge, awareness, and supplies to be sure they stay healthy, and most veterinarians don't work on these animals, as I found out. Here's advice from some experts on how to keep your goats, chickens, and rabbits healthy and things you should have on hand.
What everyone needs to know about getting goats. What you should know before you get goats. Things I wish I had known before getting our goats.
We had a tragedy the other day. I especially felt the pain of it, because I had allowed myself to become so attached to Little Mama. She is one of our turkey hens, and she became egg-bound---a very dangerous condition. Here is what we did.
We didn't want to...BUT we had to clip our turkey's wings to keep them safe from predators. Here's how to clip a turkey's wings...and if you mess up--what to do about it!
About a month or so ago, my husband and I were at our local feed store to pick up a few things and hopefully purchase a few more chicks to add to our layers this year. Sadly, they were out of chicks that day---EXCEPT for these four sweet little yellow ducklings peeping away! Oh. My. GOSH! I fell in love! So we ended up bringing all four of them home. Yep! All four! Now, I didn't know a lot about ducklings, and I'm going to share with you the things I wish I had known! Their addition to our little homestead has been successful so far, but things might have been a little easier if we had been aware of a few things!
There's a lot of advice out there about what you need to have in place when you first bring home your chicks! Whether you planned on having them or whether (like me), you are an impulse buyer at the feed stores...because you know---CUTENESS, you need to have certain items ready for them in order to make their transition to your home go smoothly and safely.
I love that saying "Winter is coming," from the show, Game of Thrones. It sounds foreboding, doesn't it? Well, when you have animals to care for, and it's your job to protect them from the elements, it sure can be a foreboding and stressful feeling. You need to be sure shelter, water, and predator control is in place. Although we are new homesteaders, just under four years, we have learned to start thinking about the upcoming winter in June or July! And still----we are never really ready, it seems.
Are you thinking about raising turkeys? Are you wondering what kind to get? We kind of accidentally jumped into raising turkeys without even knowing what kind we were raising. Here are some things we found out, our experiences, and what we plan to do differently next year. Find out about raising turkeys!
Turkeys grow so fast!