100 Days of Growing Food

I recently came across Justin Rhodes’ channel on YouTube. After watching just one, I was hooked and binge watched for days. He introduced to me the concept of growing as much food as you can in just 100 days. To me, this sounded brilliant. 100 days isn’t that large of a commitment. I told myself,…

How a Cleaning Schedule Saved My Sanity

I hate cleaning. It is the bane of my existence. Well, that’s a lie. Folding laundry is. However, after a hectic week, the last thing I want to do was spend my entire Saturday cleaning. At that point, the weekend is never anything to look forward to, for me. Especially with a husband who works…

Winterizing

There’s a lot to do, to ensure everyone’s survival, before winter comes. (Cue Game of Thrones music) we will be overwintering 38 chickens and possibly goats. We also have some things to do to make sure we are comfortable this winter as well. We will be putting up plastic around the mobile coops and adding…

Season Wrap Up

We didn’t grow a whole lot this year, not just due to lack of planning, but lack of confidence. We just didn’t think we could do it. When I say season wrap up, I mostly mean the broiler chickens. So far we have had some great successes and it has really added confidence to what…

Homesteading Isn’t Free and Our Halfway Mark

You may have all of this food growing all around you, and you can go out and grab it whenever you want, but it’s definitely not free. There is this common misconception, mostly around non homesteaders, but also a few people actually doing it, that it’s all free. It’s not. There are start up costs…

Death on the Homestead

I’m not an expert and I’ll never pretend to be. Is anyone really an expert? Probably not, but the truth is I am a complete novice. I’ve had experience with chickens for 4, almost 5 years. Until now I have absolutely never lost one. Not one. Key words: until now. We ordered chickens online through…

Predators, Pests and Broody Hen Fails

Upon studying up before starting anything, I research it to death. The experts say that the biggest predators you will face, will be your own pets. Boy oh boy are they right! Don’t get me wrong, our dogs do a great job spreading their smell and deterring other predators, but I don’t think we will…

Just an Experiment

Farming/homesteading is 95% observation. I spend a lot of my time just sitting and watching my animals or doing “barn checks”. After morning chores, there isn’t a whole lot of time spent doing physical labor. I’m sure as our homestead grows, I’ll have more chores to do, but I think 95% of the time will…

That Crazy Neighbor, is Me

I grew up in a ritzy neighborhood and attended a private school. Golf was the hobby of choice in our house. A collage education was pushed hard and working a desk job was prized. There is nothing wrong with this lifestyle. I think it’s admirable and I am very appreciative of how I grew up,…

Chickens On Pasture!

I’ve been looking forward to this day ever since we decided on doing meat birds. These chicks have been in the brooder for 3 weeks and growing like crazy. They were ready to get out and stretch their legs. All of the poultry farmers I follow have talked about this day, being their favorite day….

The Homesteader/Minimalist’s Dilemma

There are things that I need and there are things that I want. Sometimes these things overlap. Sometimes I have no choice. Figuring out what you can do without and still live abundantly is the name of the game. Right now, I’m in need of a watch. I currently have Fitbit that I really like….

Tricking Broody Hens

A few weeks ago we had some hens go broody. This means they wanted to sit on eggs and would make that clucking sound (if you’ve heard it, you know exactly what I mean) when we would touch them, but wouldn’t move. One way to confirm is that when you check on them at night,…