Category Archives: homesteading

Why Every Homestead Should Grow Hazel

After watching the various programs on the BBC about farming in times past (Victorian Farm, Tales from the Green Valley & Wartime Farm) I’m starting to see the value of having a stand of Hazel growing. First there is the … Continue reading

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Lost Two More Chickens

I lost two chickens a couple of days ago.  My wife saw what looked like a coyote running by the fence.  The White Leghorns really don’t want to stay in the fence and now I have one less.  The Black … Continue reading

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Chick update

For the past week or so when I’ve when out to check on the chicks anywhere between 1 and 5 of them would be running around the dog pen that is their home trying to find a way back in. … Continue reading

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Quick Video Of The Brooding Area

Here is a little video of the brooding area I have setup for the chicks.   It is a dog kennel that I have put some metal roofing over the top.   As described in an earlier post there is a raident … Continue reading

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Brooding Chicks Without A Heatlamp

I’m well on my way to raising a second batch of chicks without any supplemental heat. I do provide a huddle that the can get under. This is lined with radiant foil insulation and when they all get together under … Continue reading

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Chicken Leg Bands – Not A Fan

Last year I got the numbered leg bands and put them on all my birds.  However within a couple of months most of them had come off.  Today I noticed the last bird that still had one was walking funny.   … Continue reading

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We have chicks

The post office called and thevhad a package of chicks for me.  Belive it or not you can ship live animals via USPS.  I set them up in a box in the basement out of any drafts with wood shavings, … Continue reading

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Black Java Chicks

After trying for two years I finally got some Black Java chicks.  I first ran across an article in Mother Earth News in 2003 and have been keeping them in the back of my mind.  However I wasn’t prepared to keep … Continue reading

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Huge Predator Problem

I moved the hens about a month ago and have lost about a dozen.  Shortly after moving them I had several hens that would not stay inside the area surrounded by the electric fence.  I believe ground based predators got … Continue reading

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Chickens Roosting

The chickens still will not spend the night in the coop.  I suspect that since they are on a slope now and the coop is at the bottom of the slope most everything is “higher” than the coop, even if … Continue reading

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