So, Can Chickens Eat Gourds?

newly introduced chickens to the flock

Gourds are one fruit that is rarely thought of as food, at least in North America, but nonetheless is a regular sight when autumn rolls around. Though these hard-shelled plants are commonly associated with pumpkins, cucumbers, squashes, and melons, there are nonetheless distinct unto themselves. Culturally significant around the world, what we really need to … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Ivy and Ivy Berries?

newly introduced chickens to the flock

Chickens are well known for eating all sorts of plant matter when they are allowed to forage. Sometimes they eat things that we would prefer them not to, and other times they eat plants that, seemingly, nothing else wants to eat. How about ivy and ivy berries, for instance? Can chickens eat them? Yes, generally … Read more

Are White Pumpkins White Inside?

white pumpkins

When you think of a pumpkin, you probably immediately think of the classic orange variety. But did you know that white pumpkins exist, too? It’s true: that white, pumpkin-looking squash is not some special variety of squash, it’s just a white pumpkin! Sometimes what you see really I what you get, but this begs the … Read more

Bee-Friendly Ways to Keep Pests Away from Plants

bee pollinating a dandelion

Keeping crops safe during growing season is a top priority for most homesteaders, and while nature is wonderful, there are bugs and predators out there that can cause some serious damage to our gardens. On any homestead, bees are crucial to our long-term survival, so it’s important to watch out for their sake, as much … Read more

So, Will Pigs Eat Bones?

pig in front of its pen

Domestic pigs are omnivorous and energetic eaters. Everyone knows that, and the expression “eating like a pig” has been with us for so long for a good reason! Pigs eat produce, grains, meat, and all sorts of things. Some people also assert that pigs eat bones, easily and happily. Could this be true? It’s hard … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Kumquat?

two six months old freedom ranger hens

If you own chickens, you probably know by now that chickens can eat all kinds of fruits and other produce, though there are a few examples that are distinctly off-limits. Surprisingly, there are many exotic or tropical fruits that are good for chickens, but not quite all. How about kumquats? Can chickens eat kumquats? Yes, … Read more

Is Cattail Edible?

cattail

Whether you’re a curious homesteader or a survivalist living off the grid, it’s important to know what plants are in your environment. After all, when you’re living off the grid you are your own first responder; you often have to rely on yourself to survive. There are many edible plants in the wild, but there … Read more

So, Do Chickens Eat Ticks?

a chicken trying to eat some hay

Raising a flock of chickens is seen as something of a rite of passage for homesteaders, and one with many benefits. From baskets of fresh eggs to effective fertilization of crops and even the control of harmful insect populations. Regarding this last benefit, some homesteaders report that they see a plunge in tick numbers on … Read more