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We Prepare, But We Are Not Preppers

Because we raise our own food and run an organic farm, we are often asked if we are “preppers”. This often comes from people who’ve not been educated from folks who lived through the great depression or experienced life before technology and consumerism. Read More

The Best Tractor Tires for Your Farm

Choosing the best tractor tires for your small farm tractor can be a make-or-break deal. Not all tractors are the same, and not all tractor jobs call for the same tire or tractor tire sizes. Read More

How to Vermicompost At Home

Even homesteaders on a tiny urban plot make a lot of waste. Our multi-faceted approach to recycling sends most yard waste through our chickens to start the composting process along with both an outdoor, hot composting system and an indoor worm bin. Read More

Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 Goat Health from Head to Hoof
March 4, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The Goat Journal Special Issue 2020 - Goat Health, from Head to Hoof - will be available for subscribers ONLY, in-home March 15th. But Backyard Goats members can read it NOW! Read More

Goat Journal March/April 2020
February 10, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

The March/April 2020 issue of Goat Journal contains valuable stories on pregnant does in distress and when to intervene during kidding, a Breed Profile on Spanish goats, why you can't make bread and cheese on the same day! Read More

The Best Goat Gestation Calculator
January 15, 2020 · · Ownership

What is the goat gestation period? Did you know that Boer goat gestation period differs from Nigerian dwarf gestation? To use this goat due date calculator, select from miniature or full-sized goats then enter the exposure date. Read More

How to Raise Goats In Your Backyard

You've decided to get a goat or two and try them for awhile, but don't know where to start. If you have never owned any livestock before, but want to learn how to raise goats in your backyard, getting started is a simple but big step. Read More

Backyard Poultry April/May 2020
February 22, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry April/May 2020 • 15/2 is in-home March 12th but available online NOW! Subscribe for stories on rare and exotic poultry breeds, the difference between white vs. brown eggs, and a disease profile of fowl typhoid and pullorum disease. Read More

Need an Egg Incubation Timeline? Try This Hatching Calculator

Use this handy calculator to determine the incubation period: chicken eggs vs duck eggs, goose eggs, turkey, quail, peafowl, guinea fowl, pheasant, and emu. Then set your eggs and watch them develop! Read More

How Long do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
January 16, 2020 · · Flock Files

Because they don’t have feathers to self-regulate temperature, newly hatched chicks depend on mothers to keep them warm. Darting beneath wings when they’re cold, and coming out to eat and drink, babies thrive on the mother-to-chick relationship. Brooder chicks must have appropriate heat sources, and humans must closely monitor them with thermometers and good judgment. Read More

Download our Free Poultry Guides
October 2, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Need some support with your flock? Take a look in one of our helpful poultry guides! Read More

How to Protect Chickens from Hawks
March 29, 2020 · · Coops

When I walked out to the chicken coop and looked up, I was horrified to see a red-tailed hawk calmly eating one of my White Leghorns. When the hawk spotted me, it flew off and dropped the Leghorn's body. Read More

How Do I Harvest Royal Jelly?
March 24, 2020 · · Ask The Expert

To harvest royal jelly in any quantifiable amount, you’ll need several strong, healthy hives and a working knowledge of queen grafting. Read More