Homesteading

Creating a First Aid Kit for Livestock
March 23, 2020 · · Homesteading

Having some basic items always available in your emergency kit means you’re better prepared for problems that might arise, whether it’s a dairy goat that’s been bitten by a dog and has deep wounds, or a chicken struggling with bumblefoot.

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Homesteading with Kids

Tending the garden, preserving the harvest, mucking the stalls, cleaning the coop; these are just a few of the tasks that rack up on the daily homestead to-do list.

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How to Build Your Own Rabbit Hutch (Diagrams)

 I recently saw a letter in Countryside and Small Stock Journal from a lady who was seeking plans for a rabbit hutch. After sending her the plans for my design, I realized that some of the other readers out there may find it useful as well.

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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others.

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Making Biodiesel: A Lengthy Process
March 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

When James began looking into the process of making biodiesel as opposed to buying petrodiesel (what we buy at the gas station), he was hoping for a cheaper alternative to the $4 per gallon that he was spending at the pump. While he did not find that cheaper alternative, biodiesel is much better for the environment.

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Countryside Theme of the Week
February 18, 2020 · · Homesteading

Each week on Instagram, @iamcountryside features a different theme and encourages homesteaders to play along with the fun and informative homesteading-based themes. Follow along with #countrysidethemeoftheweek.

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
February 9, 2020 · · Homesteading

For the safest, most natural ways to get rid of mice, start with the most minimum impact and work up from there. I have a friend who insists on using only the level of protection necessary in a situation.

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
January 25, 2020 · · Homesteading

Got a rat problem? You can try traps, poisons … or rat-hunting dogs. This organic concept is the reason rat terriers exist today.

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Poultry, Goat, Sheep, Swine, and Cow Gestation Calculator

Where can you find an all-in-one lambing calculator that also works to factor a pig’s gestation period and a cow’s pregnancy length? Here!

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10 Alternative Agritourism Ideas for Your Small Farm
January 21, 2020 · · Homesteading

As a young entrepreneur, I tried many agritourism ideas. When the neighborhood kids were selling lemonade for pennies I created a lucrative program named, “Name a Duck for a Buck.”

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The Importance of Animal Husbandry: New Insights
January 16, 2020 · · Homesteading

Animal husbandry currently focuses on health, reproduction, and security. We have built efficient and hygienic systems, which have been optimized commercially for production.

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From the Editor — January/Feburary 2020
January 3, 2020 · · Homesteading

If you live in an area, like me, where winters can be cold, dark, and long, it’s now time to find things to keep ourselves occupied, making the long days not so unbearable. Maybe that includes crafting, reading, cooking, or getting outside and making the best of it.

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From the Editor — November/December 2019
January 3, 2020 · · Homesteading

Christmas has always been a special time for my family and me. The holiday season officially began the first Saturday in December. My dad, mom, sister, brother, and I would travel to our favorite tree farm and tromp through what, some years, was feet of snow, to find that perfect tree. After much deliberation, we finally would decide which tree was coming to spend Christmas with us.

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From the Editor — March/April 2020
January 3, 2020 · · Homesteading

I always start with a lengthy list from the catalogs, thinking I should try this and try that, but after I add up the cost of it all, I decide to stick with what I know and I start sowing my seeds from last year’s plants.

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From the Editor — September/October 2019
January 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

With autumn just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing the homestead for the dreaded winter ahead. Your chicken coop will need to have some special treatment to get ready for the winter season. Janet Garman shares what she does in the fall to be sure her feathered friends will have a safe and secure home for winter.

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