Chickens

5 Reasons to Start Raising Chickens

5 Reasons to Start Raising Chickens

5 Reasons to Start Raising Chickens:  I was raised in a neighborhood suburb, but never owned any animals except dogs and cats.  However, I did go to school with farmer kids.  In our town, it was not a strange sight to share the road with a large tractor on its way to the field.  But, […] Read more…

How to Introduce Goslings to Your Farm

How to Add Goslings to Your Farm | My Story

I didn’t pick the farm life, farm life picked me.  It seems that’s a lot of people’s stories.  Starting a farm came as an accident.  For us, it all came about because we purchased a nice-sized piece of property.  Then came chickens, a cow, a pregnant sheep, and a goose.  So, if that all wasn’t […] Read more…

What to do with Too Many Roosters

What Do You Do With Too Many Roosters?

Ahh, I remember the good ole days of hatching baby chicks, watching them grow up…and discovering that you have hatched over 15 roosters out of 24 eggs.  What?!  This is not supposed to happen to me!  Life is supposed to be perfect and work exactly the way I want it to.  Said a very delusional […] Read more…

Why You MUST Start Fermenting Chicken Feed NOW

How to Ferment Chicken Feed

When I first heard about fermented chicken feed, I had no idea what that meant.  I had never heard of fermenting before, besides knowing that kimchi was fermented.  But chicken feed?  Hey, I didn’t have to eat it, so I wanted to try it.  Guess what?  It works!  So you need to know why and […] Read more…

How to Protect Chickens from Hawks

How to Protect Chickens from Hawks

One of the first things I wanted to know as a new chicken-owner was how to protect chickens from hawks.  I live in the country, pretty much in the middle of nowhere.  On a sunny day, I may have about 6-7 hawks circling my property.  You know, they just fly in large lazy circles.  Usually, […] Read more…

Introducing Geese to Chickens

One of the first questions I had about purchasing a goose was “will it get along with my chickens?”  You may have noticed that chickens are territorial and do not like to share nicely with newcomers.  I was nervous about getting a goose so late in the game with 18 grown chickens and 3 roosters.  […] Read more…

10 Ways to Save Money on Chicken Feed

How to Save Money on Chicken Feed

I love my dear little chickens, I really do.  But they cost an arm and a leg to feed!  Shouldn’t the cost of raising chickens be less than what it takes to feed them?  Isn’t that why we homesteaders got the little cutie-pies in the first place? Okay, okay, I really wanted eggs that were […] Read more…

How to Make a Chicken Saddle

How to Make a Chicken Saddle

The day finally came.  My chickens need chicken saddles.  Why I thought for sure I would be exempt from this, I don’t know.  But I just recently noticed that FOUR of my chickens needed saddles, stat!  Oh, Fernando, my beloved rooster, why do you have to love the ladies so much?!  So I had to […] Read more…

Best Egg Laying Chickens

Best Egg Laying Chickens When I first started looking to raise chickens, I knew that I wanted chicken breeds that laid a lot of eggs all-year round.  I didn’t want fancy chickens for show.  I wanted eggs, lots of them.  So, if that is what you are also looking for, here are some of the […] Read more…

Essential Supply List to Raise Baby Chicks

Essential Supply List for Baby Chicks

I remember when I first thought about raising chickens.  Then, out of the blue, my husband ordered 25 chickens and told me to get ready.  I had no idea what I was doing!  Thus began the frantic searching of Pinterest and reading every article I could find about raising chickens. So, if you are like […] Read more…

How to Raise Meat Chickens

How to Raise Meat Chickens

How to Raise Meat Chickens When my husband and I first started raising chickens, we decided to raise some meat chickens as well.  We wanted to see what the “hype” was about.  Through the journey, I have discovered that raising meat chickens is a relatively simple and easy process that anyone could do. Where to […] Read more…

How to Store and Clean Fresh Eggs

How to Store and Clean Fresh Eggs

One of the first questions I had when starting to raise chickens was why aren’t eggs refrigerated?  Another question was how long will eggs last on the counter?  After doing some research and experiencing gathering my own chicken’s eggs, I have found my answers and they surprise even me! Why aren’t eggs refrigerated? Eggs that are laid […] Read more…

How Smart Are Chickens? www.homesteadfamilia.com

How Smart are Chickens?

How smart are chickens?  I think we have all watched many movies depicting chickens as dumb, insensitive, non-caring, silly little creatures.  We used to think that chickens were only capable of laying an egg per day and then just going on their merry way.  But did you know that chickens are actually as smart as […] Read more…

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