84 Things Sheep Can Eat and 50 Things They Cannot

sheep eating hay

Sheep are a very self-sufficient type of livestock to have on the homestead, and, like goats, they are excellent browsers. Even though sheep can eat a wide variety of hay, grass, and human food, there are some types of natural and man-made items that consuming can provoke a severe health issue – or even death. … Read more

The 14 Best Rooster Breeds to Choose From

bantam rooster

Roosters are a necessary evil on the homestead. Yes, I am classifying them as evil – I wouldn’t have a few months ago, but this last rowdy row was sentenced to the freezer early because I had simply had enough of his attacks on, well… every person and critter who walked within 40 feet of … Read more

10 Best Egg-Laying Chicken Breeds

A Columbian Wyandotte

If you’re considering getting your very own flock of chickens, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans keep chickens these days; you can find them on homesteads as well as in the backyards of suburban America as well. One of the best reasons to keep chickens is for the fresh eggs that they produce. There is … Read more

30 Chicken Diseases You Absolutely Must Know

sick baby chick

If you are interested in raising chickens, you likely have made this decision because chickens are one of the easiest kinds of livestock you can raise. While there’s not much you need to do in order to help them thrive, it is possible for your backyard flock to be infected with one of many different … Read more

How to Collect Chicken Eggs and How Often

chicken eggs

Getting farm fresh eggs to scramble, bake, or cook with is just one of the many joys that come from keeping a flock of chickens or ducks. But, when and how you both collect and store eggs plays a massive role in their longevity. How Often Should You Collect Chicken Eggs? Collecting chickens eggs should … Read more

Can Chickens and Ducks Live Together?

child playing with chickens and ducks

Chickens and ducks are both poultry birds and are often of nearly equal size. Since they typically eat the same feed and treats, many homesteaders have wondered if both types of birds can live together in the same coop and run. The short answer is yes – chickens and ducks can live together. Usually. How … Read more

Floating Egg Test: Does it Really Work?

egg that failed the floating test

When you raise your own chickens or ducks to provide eggs for the homestead, there is no carton expiration date to rely on to determine freshness. Sell by or best by dates are a guide to help us to determine freshness, but not necessarily when the egg has gone bad. Rotten eggs have a distinctive … Read more

The Wyandotte Chicken Breed – A Review

WYANDOTTE chickens

If you’re a homesteader now or aspire to be one, sooner or later you’re going to start a backyard chicken flock. If you’re planning on getting those chickens soon, you should start thinking about what kind of breed you’d like to get. The so-called dual-purpose birds, which lay eggs reliably and also grow big enough … Read more

How To Dye Raw Wool

dyed wool

Dyeing raw wool is a fun and simple project the whole homesteading family can enjoy doing together. You can probably dye the wool sheared from your sheep with ingredients you already have stockpiled in your kitchen. As already noted, dry wool takes either natural or artificial dye extremely poorly. If you plan on drying the … Read more

How To Clean and Dry Raw Wool

raw wool

Do you own sheep or have a friend who does? If so, this highly profitable homestead side hustle might be just what you have been looking for to make money off your land or small farm. Cleaned raw wool sells for about $25 a pound. Dyed wool roving typically demands a price of at least … Read more

What You Can and Cannot Feed Ducks

little girl scared of ducks

What you can and what you cannot feed your ducks is a topic that can elicit heated debate, just as it often does when the same question is posed about any type of livestock. Searching online for answers to the safe duck treats vs. toxic duck treats can be quite a frustrating endeavor. One website … Read more

How to Raise Guinea Fowl from A to Z

guinea fowls

Guineas may lay small eggs and not boast an especially tasty flavor, but these little poultry birds still bring copious amounts of value to a homestead. Keeping guineas on your land will help protect your meat and eggs birds and rid the area of destructive bugs… and snakes. A guinea has just one job on … Read more

How to Estimate the Weight of a Hog

pigs

If you have ever raised pigs, you likely know how stubborn these charismatic creatures can be. While their personalities are an absolute delight (and major source of entertainment!) a majority of the time, this tenacious behavior can be a detriment when you’re trying to engage in simple tasks. If you’ve ever tried to pick up … Read more