Chickens

This Changed My Homesteading Game

This Changed My Homesteading Game

It might surprise you to know…

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Why Our Chickens Stopped Laying

Our Chickens Stopped Laying…And It’s All Our Fault

Our chickens stopped laying, and we couldn’t figure out why.

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DIY Chicken Tractor

How to Raise Pastured Poultry, Part 2: DIY Chicken Tractor

Your baby chicks have arrived and you’ve got them all settled into their new DIY Brooder.  High five!  The next step is to build your DIY Chicken Tractor.

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The Real Cost of Raising Meat Birds: Year Two

The Real Cost of Raising Meat Birds: Year Two

Our second year of raising meat birds was filled with ups and downs.   Mostly ups, with two major downs.  In the end, we’re still addicted to raising our own food and plan to expand our pastured poultry enterprise this year.

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Our Big Meat Bird Mistake: How We Accidentally Killed 35 Chickens

Our Big Meat Bird Mistake: How We Accidentally Killed 35 Chickens

I almost don’t even want to share our great big costly meat bird mistake of 2018, because it was so terrible and so avoidable. It was possibly the most discouraging set back we’ve experienced in our homesteading journey.  But we want to be transparent with you.  And since we ourselves have benefited from the mistakes of…

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The Real Cost of Raising Meat Birds

The Real Cost of Raising Meat Birds: Year One

What is the real cost of raising meat birds?  Is it worth it? For my family, the answer is yes.  Definitely.  Absolutely!  Today I’ll show you the numbers and provide a list of our exact costs as we’ve raised our own meat birds over the last two years.

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How to Raise Pastured Poultry

How to Raise Pastured Poultry, Part 1: DIY Brooder Pen

It’s going to be a crazy next few months, y’all, what with moving, installing new gardens, mending fences, and adding pigs, more laying hens and more meat birds to our homestead.  On top of all the renovations in the new house.  Oh, and did I mention we’re thinking of boarding horses?  Yep, it’ll be a…

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The Best Livestock Guardian Dog for Chickens

The Best Livestock Guardian Dog for Chickens

Note from Kathleen: Today I’m welcoming my favorite guest post author…my husband, Mr. Native Texan!  Also known as Greg.  He’s definitely the animal expert on our homestead, so I’m going to let him tell you all about our experience with our livestock guardian dog Mudge.

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How to Raise Pastured Poultry

Our 2017 Homesteading Year in Review

2017 was a big homesteading year for us.  Most notably, it was our first year to raise pastured poultry from start to finish.  What an adventure! There were triumphs (chickens) and defeats (broccoli).  We learned a lot and worked our tails off, and have spent the winter recuperating and gathering ideas and energy for year 2018…

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Top 8 Essential Oils for Chickens

Top 8 Essential Oils for Chickens

Have you ever wondered if you can use essential oils for chickens?

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