Raising Meat Chickens- Lessons Learned

We are less then 24 hours away from sending our first batch of birds to the butcher and I’ve had some time to reflect. This was our first year raising our own meat- we tend to never do anything halfheartedly so we started out big by raising 120+ meat Cornish Rock Crosses and 4 pigs.Continue reading “Raising Meat Chickens- Lessons Learned”

How We Are Raising Our Meat Chickens- After the Brooder and into the Tractor

A few blogs ago, I published one about how we were starting our meat chickens off on the right foot. Now I am here to tell you how they will spend weeks 3 thru culling in Mid August. We built ourselves some chicken tractors -we used rough cedar boards (yes I know CEDAR IS BADContinue reading “How We Are Raising Our Meat Chickens- After the Brooder and into the Tractor”

Why We Are Raising Meat Chickens

We’ve been dipping our toes into the waters of homesteading for about 8 years now. Our journey really began about 10 years ago after watching some very eye opening tv shows and documentaries about the food industry, specifically the horrific conditions under which most of our food supply is produced. It all started with aContinue reading “Why We Are Raising Meat Chickens”

Book Review – Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs – A Beginners Guide

This book is a must have for all beginning herbalists. I do not believe this is an exaggeration in any way. Rosemary Gladstar is an old school herbalist- she was taught by the generations before her. The introduction of her book details her life growing up on a farm and the meat of the guideContinue reading “Book Review – Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs – A Beginners Guide”

Book Review – Homegrown Pork: Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food

This is going to be the start of a new series- because reading is FUNdamental and I really like to share my love of it and the books that inspire or teach me. Also I was that kid in grade school that handed in 10 page book reviews, so it kinda makes sense that thisContinue reading “Book Review – Homegrown Pork: Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food”

Basics of Bunny Care

So, as I mentioned quite a few blogs back, we have fostered a farm bunny forever – He came to ready to chill- ok so not really. He and I had a bit of a tumultuous start. He would straight up growl at me when I cleaned his hutch in the morning. So, we calledContinue reading “Basics of Bunny Care”

Why We Decided to Raise Pigs

I’m going to preface this blog by explaining a bit of personal history. I was a vegetarian for over a decade. I decided at the ripe old age of 8 that eating animals was cruel, unnecessary and not something I wanted to be apart of. This lasted until I was in college. I am nowContinue reading “Why We Decided to Raise Pigs”

Just for Fun – Favorite Christmas Tunes

Okay, I am a holiday Fanatic. But I mean All Holiday in All the right times- I come down very hard against things like “christmas in july” Having said that IT IS CHRISTMAS TIME! So let us celebrate with some seriously awesome Christmas tunes. Feel Free to add to my list in the comments, IContinue reading “Just for Fun – Favorite Christmas Tunes”

Joining the Alpacas Owner’s Association

The Alpaca’s Owners Association (AOA) is a national registry to help alpaca owners navigate the industry, for both the best of the owners and the animals. There are three tiers of membership, Alpaca Owner, Registry Member and Association Member. There are quite a few differences between the three tiers, and if you’re interested in thoseContinue reading “Joining the Alpacas Owner’s Association”