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Tagged With: backyard chickens

Are Chickens Vegetarians?

Anyone who has owned chickens for a decent amount of time will tell you that they are most definitely NOT vegetarians. Meat or fish scraps, mice, and bugs are all considered tasty treats by chickens. Protein is a must for chickens, especially during the annual molt. It’s usually pretty easy to tell when your flock … Continue reading »

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Homemade Carolina Barbecue Deviled Eggs

Ah, Spring, when eggs flow abundantly and barbecue season is beginning. Deviled eggs are such a wonderful, easy side dish for barbecue get togethers and picnics. I’ve tried so many different recipes over the years, but I do believe I finally came up with my favorite – Carolina Barbecue Deviled Eggs. Peeling boiled fresh eggs … Continue reading »

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Best Blogs for Zone 4 Gardening (and colder!)

Zone 4 gardening is a tough gig. The sub-zero temperatures of winter put a big damper on what perennials will survive in your garden or orchard. Stick that Zone 4 in Alaska and you add extra long winter, sunlight ranging from 19+ hours to less than 4 per day, the occasional summer that never gets … Continue reading »

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Your Choice of Chick Brooders for Spring

Ah, Spring. That time of year when fuzzy baby chicks flood the feed stores and chicks go to new homes on impulse buys. I admit- I’ve been known to surprise the hubby with a few new chicks “just because.” But I also knew I had a ready to go chick brooder box for them. Buying … Continue reading »

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5 Tools Every Gardener Needs and You Do Too

Do you ever go to the hardware store and stop to drool over all the beautiful, shiny gardening tools? It is so easy to get sucked into the newest tool that will change gardening as you know it, that new tool that will do it all, to fill your garden shed with tools that you … Continue reading »

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28 Ways to Make Money on the Homestead

It seems these days, no matter how off the grid or self-sufficient you are, you still need money. While the hubby and I still have full time jobs, we dream of the day that we will be more self-sufficient and be able to work for ourselves only. As a start, we do what we can … Continue reading »

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The A to Z of a New Homestead

Homesteading has so many different aspects. No one homesteader does it all, and that’s okay. So many of us add a little bit every year, whether it is making a new food from scratch, or a new animal on the homestead, or working towards moving off-grid. Homesteading is always working towards self-sufficiency in one aspect … Continue reading »

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DIY Chicken Tractor

Last year we raised 15 Cornish Cross meat chickens. I’ll admit, butchering day was tough, but those were the best tasted, totally organic chickens I’ve ever eaten. So this year we decided to up how many we raised. Then Mom asked me to raise a few for them. So this year we’re raising 40 Red … Continue reading »

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10 Things I Stopped Buying From the Store

As homesteaders, the hubby and I share the goal of becoming more and more self-sufficient. The less we have to rely on the grocery store and the barge system bringing things from the Lower 48, the better. Over the past three years, our grocery store list has shrunk. Check out these 10 things I stopped … Continue reading »

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If You Give a Girl a Chicken

If you give a girl a chicken,   She’s going to want a cute chicken coop. When you give her the coop, she’ll probably ask you for some chicken feed. When she’s finished, she’ll ask you for some wood shavings for bedding. Then she’ll want to look in the mirror to make sure she doesn’t … Continue reading »

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