Gardening with Chickens by Lisa Steele: Book Review

Gardening with Chickens feature

Gardening with Chickens by Lisa Steele should be your go-to reference for making your chickens work in your garden, and making your garden work for your chickens! When we got our first flock of egg-layers several years ago, I knew three things: I wanted to raise them as naturally as possible, I wanted them to […]

Homestead Monthly: December + January {natural beauty, fame, and fresh eggs}

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Overall we had a lovely start to the winter season with unseasonably warm temperatures, which means the chickens got to free range for a while longer, and we were harvesting kale, chard, parsley and celery from the garden for a record amount of time! The holidays were filled with family and good food, and we […]

How to Decide when to Cull a Chicken {The Story of Little Henny}

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Little Henny was one of our original chickens, she was on the homestead for three years with us. The name “Henny” is because we had five Buff Orpingtons who I couldn’t tell apart at first, so they were all called “Hennys.” As they got older and developed personalities they got additional descriptors… Little Henny was the smallest […]

Homestead Monthly: October 2016 {shiitakes, rare apples, and an unfortunate honey harvest}

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Welcome to the homestead monthly, a collection of all the major events that happen on our homestead every month! Unfortunate Surprise Honey Harvest You may remember that I reported (just last month!) our meager honey harvest, and that all three of our colonies were full of plenty of honey and looking great going into winter. Well boy was I […]

Homestead Monthly: September 2016 {purple veggies, mushroom hunting, and canning}

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Hi friends! This is where we take a look back at all that we’ve accomplished during the month, and reflect on the real-life ups and downs that come with “living close to the land.” We’re on the downhill slide towards winter and are busy wrapping up summer projects on the homestead. Here’s what happened in September: […]

Homestead Monthly: August 2016 {heirloom veggies, abandoned chicks, and monarchs}

Homestead Monthly August 2016

Tomato Dreamin’ You know what’s silly? Planting 60 tomato plants for 2 people. You may remember that last year we were completely blind-sided and devastated by tomato blight. Forty tomato plants and one pint of tomatoes harvested… it was a terrible sight. This year we were determined to beat the blight, so we tilled up […]

Super Gluing a Broken Chicken Beak, or… How I Became a Crazy Chicken Lady

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Living in the country on an old property with a big barn comes with a few inherent resources- like cats. People drop their unwanted pets outside of town, and cats seem to come and go, using our big vacant barn as shelter and a smorgasbord of rodents. I knew this was going to be hard […]

Homestead Monthly: July 2016 {weasel trouble, chicks, and the great harvest begins}

Homestead Monthly July 2016

You Dirty Weasel We started out the month with sadness and heartbreak, unfortunately. If you’ve farmed for long enough, or experienced the loss of an animal to predators, then you know the feeling. The “something isn’t right here” feeling. For us, it was when Karl went out in the morning to let the chickens and […]

{Giveaway!!} “Fresh Eggs” Egg Carton & Label Stamp from Substation Paperie

Fresh Eggs Stamp Substation Paperie Giveaway Feature

Giveaway now closed- thanks for entering! The winner is Holly G. If you haven’t been oogling over Substation Paperie’s completely adorable, rustic and whimsical farming and homesteading-themed stamps, it must be because you’ve been too busy pulling weeds, baking fresh bread, or chasing chickens around… Lauren Elizabeth, owner of Substation Paperie makes the cutest designs for stamping egg […]

Homestead Monthly: June 2016 {garden boxes, blight-control, and babies}

Homestead Monthly Jun 2016

Get Growing June was the month we officially got all of the gardens planted! We have three main garden areas this year, which is one more than the previous year, and two more than the year before that… somebody stop me! We (well, Karl actually) built two, 28-inch tall raised beds last month and we (well, […]