Today on the Homestead This Happened: RIP Flock Leader Jr and Chicken in my Hat

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Hello, fellow homesteaders! Today was an odd day on the homestead. Morning feed time made me feel more like I was on a backstage tour of the circus instead of my very own barnyard. We will get a sad bit of news out of the way first. Flock Leader Jr. appears to have lost his … Read more Today on the Homestead This Happened: RIP Flock Leader Jr and Chicken in my Hat

Today on the Homestead, This Happened: Chicken Coop Coup

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My chickens are in complete and open revolt, and I have no idea why. The entire free range flock attempted a chicken coop coup three nights ago – which also happened not only to be the coldest night of 2017, but also the evening we discovered a pack of coyotes taking up residence beneath the … Read more Today on the Homestead, This Happened: Chicken Coop Coup

Today on the Homestead, This Happened: 2nd Goat Born

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Meet the newest member of the Dodrill Hill barnyard – Rooster! Pearl FINALLY had her first kid a little after midnight. I worried and stressed over all the things that can and often do go wrong during goat births for the past month, but my sweet Nigerian Dwarf girl did it all on her own! … Read more Today on the Homestead, This Happened: 2nd Goat Born

Today on the Homestead, This Happened… 1st One

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Hello, fellow homesteaders and folks dreaming of living on their very own homestead! This is the first installment in the occasional column about the lighter side of living off the land Dan and I thought y’all would enjoy. I will be sharing with you our great success stories, hilarious failures, and a little bit of … Read more Today on the Homestead, This Happened… 1st One

Watch Out for These Homesteading Accidents (Plus the Homesteader’s DIY First Aid Kit)

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Note: this is not medical advice. Neither the author nor www.newlifeonahomestead.com shall be held liable for any misuse of the advice given in this article. If you get hurt, call 9-1-1 or your doctor. Homesteading life is full of all kinds of joy, hard work – and accidents. Agriculture accidents can be gruesomely deadly. The majority … Read more Watch Out for These Homesteading Accidents (Plus the Homesteader’s DIY First Aid Kit)

61 Uses for Wood Ash on the Homestead

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There are numerous uses for wood ash around the homestead. Throwing away this useful material when cleaning out the wood burner or fireplace is almost inexcusably wasteful. Wood ash is the powdery residue that is left in the wood burner collection tray or beneath the firewood grate after wood is burnt. It has been used … Read more 61 Uses for Wood Ash on the Homestead

Weeds You Should Be ‘Growing’ On Your Homestead

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Weeds are good. Yep, you just read that right, weeds actually do have a purpose… at least some of them, anyway. When my homesteading and preparedness mentor, survivalist gardener, Rick Austin, first told me weeds are good for your garden and in permaculture (or food forest), I thought he was completely nuts. Soon I realized, … Read more Weeds You Should Be ‘Growing’ On Your Homestead