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Tagged With: chicks

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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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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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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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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DIY Folding Chick Brooder

As much as I love backyard chickens and chicks, we don’t always have chicks on the homestead, thus don’t need a brooder box all the time. It took some thinking, but I finally came up with a design that works perfectly for us. Behold, the DIY Folding Chick Brooder.   Over the years, I’ve had … Continue reading »

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A Day in the Life of an Alaskan Homesteader

A day in the life of an Alaskan Homesteader isn’t too different from many other homesteaders or hobby farmers. At least in the summer time.   6:30 am – The alarm goes off. Coffee first or nothing else happens. I usually do a quick catch up on my social media accounts while I snag a … Continue reading »

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Butchering Meat Chickens on the Homestead

***WARNING GRAPHIC CHICKEN BUTCHERING CONTENT*** Homesteading isn’t always roses and daisies. Today found us busy butchering meat chickens on the homestead. As happy as I am to know that we now have 10 completely organic, non-GMO, happily-raised chickens in our freezer, it certainly wasn’t easy.  And no, it did not save us any money. Not yet … Continue reading »

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Predator Proofing the Chicken Run

With more eggs in the incubator, the hubby and I decided to “redecorate” one of our sheds and turn it into a second chicken coop. Since the set up is a bit different than our first coop, we had to do a few things differently to ensure we were doing our best at predator proofing … Continue reading »

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Busy Spring on the Alaskan Homestead

Ah, spring on the Alaskan Homestead. That time of the year when all those little outside projects which have waited all winter long need to be done. That time of the year when there never seems to be enough hours in the day (Even in Alaska!). As always, it’s a busy spring on the Alaskan … Continue reading »

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Natural Chicken Healthcare

We lost one of our hens last week. It was quick and unexpected. I went down to check for eggs and found her breathing very heavy, like she was choking or couldn’t catch her breath. It was heartbreaking. I went to the internet to see what I could do to help her, but unfortunately, it … Continue reading »

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