How to Can Food at Home – Start Here

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For the beginner, canning can be equal parts excitement and terror. Extending your food sustainment should be the goal of every prepper. Further, extending the shelf life of otherwise perishable foods expands your food independence. Every calorie on the shelf gets you one more day through rough times. Canning can come at a cost, though. … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Swiss Chard?

Chickens love to eat all sorts of leafy vegetables. Lettuce, cabbage, and everything else that we enjoy in our salad bowl at the dinner table chickens generally love too. One superfood that is increasing in popularity these days is swiss chard. Can chickens eat swiss chard? Yes, chickens may eat all parts of swiss chard. … Read more

30 Cheap Chicken Feed Ideas for Your Girls

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Chickens are a common sight on farms and homesteads for their eggs and meat. Homesteaders who raise chickens know how important it is to keep their birds well-fed and healthy. They also know that store-bought chicken feed can sometimes be a tad on the pricey side. These pricier feeds might be good for your birds, … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Moss?

chicken eating moss

Chickens love to peck at grass, seeds, and all sorts of things found on the ground. Veteran owners know that they’re always taking nibbles of this and that, sampling as they go. But not everything that they find on the ground is healthy or good for them. How about moss? Can chickens eat moss? Chickens … Read more

How to Can Chicken Broth Step by Step

Canned chicken broth is a versatile ingredient to have on hand. It can be used in soups, sauces, and other recipes. In this blog post, we will show you how to make chicken broth step by step. This process is simple and easy to follow. You will need a pressure canner and some mason jars … Read more

9 Ways To Tell a Rooster From a Hen

rooster and hen differences

If you are new to raising chickens, you’ll have a lot to learn. And one of the most fundamental things you’ll need to learn is how to tell a rooster from a hen. This may seem like a simple task, but it’s actually quite perplexing if you don’t know what to look for, especially when … Read more

20 Dutch Oven Recipes You Will Love

dutch oven whole roasted chicken with herbs

If you’re looking for a versatile and adaptable way to cook, nothing beats using a dutch oven. Dutch ovens are one of the most well-rounded pieces of cookware around, and they can be used for everything from roasting to baking to braising. With nothing but your dutch oven and plenty of heat, you can create … Read more

How to Compost Meat Scraps Step by Step

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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to what happens to your leftover meat scraps. But if you’re composting, it’s important to know that meat can’t just go in with the rest of the compost. At least, not without paying attention to some general tips for doing it safely and correctly. … Read more

Can You Dehydrate Jello / Gelatin?


“Jelly and custard again, nana?” Jello is a staple dessert of the Seebregts family, to the point that it’s become a running joke. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from chowing down; why should it? This is especially true with fruity-flavored jello. Well, haven’t you ever wondered if you could dehydrate jello? Yes, you can … Read more

So, How Much Sun Do Cucumbers Need?

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Most of us have been there before – we’ve planted our cucumber seeds, watered them religiously, and given them plenty of TLC…only to end up with sad, spindly seedlings that never seem to grow. If this has happened to you, it’s probably because your cucumbers aren’t getting enough sunlight. Cucumbers are cucurbit crops that require … Read more

So, Can Chickens Eat Corn Husks?

newly introduced chickens to the flock

If you own chickens, you already know that they totally live up to their classification as omnivores. It seems like chickens will eat anything and everything, including some things that can really surprise you. From the exotic to the gross and the borderline inedible, chickens can make use of all kinds of foods to get … Read more

Can Sheep Eat Bananas? Is It Safe?

a sheep nibbling on a banana

Sheep have very particular dietary requirements, which means that while we love being able to give them treats, we have to be super-duper careful about how we do it. Even a tiny amount of the wrong thing can lead to serious health problems. Fruit is a common treat for sheep, and the softer the fruit … Read more

39 Things Pigs Can Eat and 13 They Cannot

pig eating watermelon

When most people think of raising pigs they probably imagine, humorously, an animal that is something like a living garbage disposal; an animal that eats absolutely anything! And, to some extent, this is true; pigs are omnivores and will eat a wide variety of food. However, there are some things that pigs can eat safely … Read more