The 20 Largest Sheep Breeds in the World

a herd of Icelandic sheep

If you picture all sheep as cute, cuddly little lambs, you might be surprised to learn just how big sheep can get. Although most domestic sheep way between 100 and 200 pounds, some breeds can actually clear 250 pounds, and some can reach a mammoth 350 pounds or more! And, believe it or not, these … Read more

Can Rabbits Eat Green Beans? Is it Safe?

rabbit eating a bunch of green beans

Based on what rabbits will typically poach out of backyard gardens, you’d think they can eat any kind of veggie there is. For the most part, you’d be right! Though they typically eat a diet of grass and hay, rabbits are still capable of eating most types of plant matter. However, that does not mean … Read more

How Many Grains Are in a Pound?

butchered freedom ranger chicken on scale

Whether you use the good old Imperial system, what I like to refer to as “moon landing units,” or the metric system that the rest of the world seems enslaved to, there’s no arguing that there are some truly peculiar units of measurement out there. One of the most peculiar, naturally, belongs to my beloved … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Oranges?

barnyard mix chicken

Most chicken owners already know that they’re precious birds can enjoy a very diet consisting of all kinds of wholesome foods. They can even eat many different fruits, though these are typically served as treats. However, not all kinds of fruit are safe or healthy for chickens, even some of the most seemingly wholesome ones … Read more

Can Rabbits Eat Raspberries? Is it Safe?

There are plenty of videos out there showing bunnies making a mess while munching away on fruit, and while the behavior is highly adorable it is also questionable: Most folks who own rabbits know that they shouldn’t get too much sweet stuff in their diet! Excess sugar has a way of causing big problems for … Read more

Will Uncooked Rice Kill Mice?

a mouse

Mice might be cute and cuddly in controlled circumstances, but pretty much every homesteader knows by now that they are a giant problem when they are on your property. They can terrorize chickens and eat eggs, infest and ruin livestock feed, spread disease, and tear up your house- aside from making everything filthy. You need … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Cherries?

chickens inside a large greenhouse

Compared to most other livestock species, chickens can enjoy a surprising variety of foods. Yes, they subsist mostly on chicken feed but it’s possible they can have grass, bugs, meat, vegetables, and even fruit. But like most birds, chickens can only have fruit and limited quantities, and even then, only the kinds that are safe. … Read more

What Temp is Too Hot or Too Cold for Rabbits?

a rabbit eating a slice of carrot

Rabbits, somewhat surprisingly, actually have a pretty narrow temperature range where they are comfortable. It’s not uncommon to see them running around in the middle of the summer and even when it’s starting to get very cold out in late fall. Nonetheless, rabbits can suffer from hypothermia and hyperthermia alike. What temperatures are too hot … Read more

11 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

a deer eating a carrot slice

Deer are amazing and majestic animals, and they also make for good sport when hunting, but if I’ve learned anything these past few years is that they’re among the most destructive, persistent, and difficult-to-stop and garden pests there are. Worse, deer eat almost anything. Anything that you’re growing in your garden for eating (corn, veggies, … Read more

So, Can Pigs Eat Bananas?

a pig inside a muddy pigsty

Pigs are a study in contrast. The great thing about them is that they have such a varied diet they are easy to feed compared to other kinds of livestock that are strictly herbivores. Plus, it’s always in your best interest to feed pigs enough food so they grow big and grow quickly. Not difficult, … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Pasta?

chicken scratching in compost

Chickens are omnivores, and as such, they can eat a really varied diet. They eat bugs, a little bit of meat, various kinds of plant matter, chicken feed of course, and even some fruits and veggies. The latter two in particular make great healthy treats for chickens. But it rarely fails that most owners want … Read more

Why Are My Chickens Eating Their Eggs?

chicken flock using shoveled path to get through snow

For most of us, keeping a supply of fresh eggs going is the number one reason for owning chickens. It’s an exciting time when your girls start laying! Heading out in the morning to collect the bounty you work so hard for and- what’s this? An egg is broken! Worse than broken, it is mostly … Read more

So, Can Pigs Eat Carrots?

a pig eating a carrot

Pigs are omnivores, and among all of the common livestock animals, they certainly have the most wide-ranging diet. They eat meat, grains, dairy products, fruit, and of course vegetables. Vegetables actually play a pretty important role in the diet of most domestic pigs, but despite the big appetites they can’t eat quite every veggie there … Read more

How Bees Reproduce: A Full Guide

holding a super with honey and bees

If you’ve ever been up close with a beehive, assuming you weren’t running for your life, you’ve probably been as astounded as I was by the sheer number of bees inhabiting it. Thousands and thousands – countless – bees all working and living in harmony for the good of the hive. It’s absolutely amazing! But … Read more

So, Can Pigs Eat Watermelon?

a pig eating watermelon

Pigs need the right kind of diet if they’re going to grow quickly and stay healthy. But sometimes, it’s good to give your pigs a special treat. Something that will make them feel good, keep them happy, and give them a little bit of energy. And as you know already, they can eat all sorts … Read more