11 Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Chickens

11 Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Chickens

Animals, Homesteading, Outdoors
There can be some HUGE mistakes while raising chickens. These mistakes can be deadly to your chickens. Making small mistakes is one thing in itself, as in running out of feed and having to make or get more, but mistakes that can risk the lives of your chickens must me avoided. Whether your chickens are being raised for profit, for your own family either just for eggs or meats, you want to keep them alive and well. Especially for those homesteaders or off the grid living folks, you can't have anything happening to your chickens since that is literally a food source of yours. Would you want to have a devastating drop in your food source living off of the grid by making necessarily simple but detrimental mistakes? Most likely…
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Top 4 Best Egg Laying Breeds

Top 4 Best Egg Laying Breeds

Animals, Homesteading, Outdoors
Owning and raising chickens is a fun, enriching, and beneficial thing to do. They can be very loving and provide you with an egg a day! There are so many reasons to own them and you can read about that here. One thing many don't realize though is that different types of chickens having different laying capabilities. Such as some chickens do not lay in the winter months. What? Yes, some chickens will stop producing eggs in the winter time. If you depend on eggs all year you will NEED a top egg layer for your flock. Whether you're a beginner or a season chicken raiser this guide is a great read! If you are new to raising chickens I tend to write a lot of articles about them, but…
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Growing Butterfly & Bee Gardens

Growing Butterfly & Bee Gardens

Animals, Gardening, Outdoors, Plants
Having butterflies in your garden is a beautiful sight. Did you know there are certain flowers that butterflies prefer? This year I've planted tons of butterfly friendly flowers and let me tell you, I've had so many butterflies in my garden lately and I love it! Our local hummingbird is loving it too. As a birthday present my husband even went and bought me a bunch of bulbs to plant for Perennial flowers that are strictly to attract butterflies or hummingbirds. Just imagine sitting on your deck and watching tons of butterflies hanging out in your garden. Sounds amazing right? What Flowers Do Butterflies & Bees Love? There are quite a few different flowers that tend to attract butterflies and bees and are super pretty! Personally I have a lot…
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6 Farm Animals to Raise for a Beginner or Small Homestead

6 Farm Animals to Raise for a Beginner or Small Homestead

Animals, Homesteading, Outdoors
Whether you are a beginner in homesteading or you just have a small homestead and not a lot of acreage you can still keep and raise farm animals. Depending on the size of course would determine how many you can keep. They all need a certain amount of room of their own. Farm animals can bring in money, food, or both depending if it's just for your homestead or to also make money. Regardless it's possible and it's a way to be self sufficient as well. Of course a garden brings you vegetables but to be able to raise your own meat can be an amazing thing. So what are the animals I can raise? 1. Cows There are different types of cows you can raise depending on your wants…
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Grow Your Own Chicken Feed And Save Money

Grow Your Own Chicken Feed And Save Money

Animals, Homesteading
Feeding chickens isn't expensive unless you're specifically trying to stay all organic, Non-GMO, or something of the sorts. In general, everyone loves to save money and depending on the size of your flock debates how much you spend on feed especially in the winter time when fresh crops aren't readily available. There are Different Types of Feeds You Can Grow Chickens will eat many different things, even table scraps. So there are different options that you can grow for them. Sprouted Grains Different varieties of sprouted grains are available and they are one of the cheapest ones to grow and they can make TONS of feed. These are super easy to grow inside and feed your chickens through the colder months when you cannot grow crops outside. Some types of…
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How To Help Save The Bees

How To Help Save The Bees

Animals, Food, Gardening, Homesteading, Outdoors
Bees are currently on the endangered list. They are decreasing in numbers and even many bee farmers have been having issues with their bees dying for unknown reasons. This is a worrisome fact since we actually really need bees and they help us out more than we realize, so we need to try efforts to help save them. Why Do We Need Bees? They are excellent pollinators. Bees pollinate about 90% of crops around the world. That's a LOT! Pollination equals better growing fruits and vegetables. It helps out the plants and it also helps the bees themselves. With pollination they also take back the pollen to their homes to feed their young and of course make honey. Without bees of course there is no honey. If you're like me…
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Winter Chicken Coop Maintenance – The Deep Litter Method

Winter Chicken Coop Maintenance – The Deep Litter Method

Animals, Homesteading
For anyone that owns/raises chickens we all know the struggle and work that goes into cleaning the chicken coop. Depending on your schedule or the size of your flock usually depends on how often you have to clean your coop. When I lived in the city we only had three so I would clean the coop at least once a week. Cleaning out the coop of course is a necessity. But once you get to the winter months that really isn't the case. You need to be able to keep your chickens warm and there are more natural ways to do that. Which also creates less cleaning work for you in those months. The Deep Litter Method Of course there are different ways to go about how to do the…
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Chickens – Treats and Toys

Chickens – Treats and Toys

Animals, Homesteading, Outdoors
Are your chickens bored? Or is the heat getting to your chickens this summer? We can fix it!! Bored Chickens? Unknown to many, chickens do tend to get bored, especially in the winter months since there aren't bugs for them to search and eat which to them is also entertaining. There are simple and easy to make fixes for this issue. One way to make a toy for your chickens is to simply tie a string around a big head of cabbage and hang it up in the coop area. Simple enough right? The chickens will have fun pecking away at the cabbage head and watching it move around. It is also basically like a Kong toy for dogs (it's a toy and a hidden treat all in one). Chickens…
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Raising Chickens – Why should you?

Raising Chickens – Why should you?

Animals, Homesteading, Outdoors
Deciding on whether or not to raise chickens can be a big debate for some, for others it is an easy decision. There are also many known and unknown facts about raising chickens that are interesting to those that have never been around chickens before. Benefits of Raising Chickens So you wonder what are some good reasons to raise your own chickens.... A great benefit to raising chickens is it's actually a lot cheaper than most people realize. The most money you'll end up spending is on the chicken coop itself, which there are multiple ways you can go about it. Many outdoor websites sell already made chicken coops but be weary of the ones you're looking into. (Always check reviews) For Instance, the first coop I bought was a…
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