Category: homesteading

Why hens are the No.1 greatest pet – Velvet Tu…

Why hens are the No.1 greatest pet – Velvet Turnip

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I anticipate some confusion at my title.

Surely as I’m a farmer, hens are just egg laying, kebab filling, sweet chilli sauce covered machines?!

Well I’m veggie (shock horror) and I’ve kept chickens long before I got into farming.

Of course dogs and cats are also super awesome pets, and I’m not going to debate that, but in today’s modern world filled with wo

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I’ve Accomplished a Coop! – This is the Ever A…

I’ve Accomplished a Coop! – This is the Ever After

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Okay, it might not be the prettiest coop at the moment; it still needs to be painted and the area around the run needs to be cleaned up & cleared out, but I’ve done it! I’ve built a coop! And I did it all by myself.

This thing took me awhile to get built because honestly, I didn’t think I knew what I was doing and I kept putting parts of it off. I was kind of hoping M would take the lead…

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Produce You Can Grow in an Urban Homesteading …

Produce You Can Grow in an Urban Homesteading Environment – The Sensible Survivalists

PRODUCE YOU CAN GROW IN AN URBAN HOMESTEADING ENVIRONMENT

By Annie

Here in the Sensible Survivalist family, we’re huge fans of getting starting to grow your own produce now rather than waiting until SHTF. Not only does it give you the experience required for basic growing and farming (which is much harder than many preppers seem to assume!), it means you can start to provide for yourself now.

The more self-sufficient you are, the more insulated you are…

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The Key To Homesteading Success is Closer Than…

The Key To Homesteading Success is Closer Than You Think – two branches homestead

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When we think of homesteading, our thoughts often turn to chickens, pigs and huge gardens full of vegetables. But there is one main ingredient that is always overlooked. The most productive and important thing on the homestead are the people.  Your homestead is always limited by how much work you and your family is willing and able to do. Homesteading can be a test of a…

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Raising Meat Pigs or Breeding – Planning an Oz…

Raising Meat Pigs or Breeding – Planning an Ozark Homestead

PigsPigs can be another source of meat on the homestead as well as income.  Their gestation period is about 4 months and piglets can be weaned in about a month.  If you are considering raising pigs for meat or breeding them, here is some information on costs and time frames.

  • Price of a pig – at about 2-3 months which is after the pig has been weaned. ($60-$100)
  • Cost of feeding the pig for 3 months to…

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Tools For Processing Chickens – Planning an Oz…

Tools For Processing Chickens – Planning an Ozark Homestead

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Dorky Little Homestead – 4 Reasons I Use Raise…

Dorky Little Homestead – 4 Reasons I Use Raised Beds

Most Homesteaders Who Aren’t In The City Aren’t Super Keen On The Idea Of Raised Beds.

Stupid easy composting – Happy Hansz

Stupid easy composting – Happy Hansz

By Ashley Hansz

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I started composting many years ago when we first purchased our property. I researched for months to make sure I knew everything there was to know about composting. When it was all said and done though it was far easier than it should have been. We are now approaching year 8 on our mini…

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Cloth Banded Cheddar Cheese – Dorky Little Hom…

Cloth Banded Cheddar Cheese – Dorky Little Homestead

Making Cheddar cheese is pretty straight forward. I was surprised that the most intensive thing about this recipe is the time it takes.

The Family Cow – Timeline Q & A – Planning an …

The Family Cow – Timeline Q & A – Planning an Ozark Homestead

Cow2If you are considering a family cow, here are a few timeline questions that I thought would be helpful.

  • At what age can a cow be bred?  13 – 17 months of age
  • When does a cow start to give milk?  After a calf is born
  • Does a cow ever stop giving milk?  About 2 months before her calf is born she will stop lactating to give the utters time to regenerate.
  • What is the gestation period of a calf?  It…

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