Category Archives: Goats

Chicken Egg Laying – How Many Eggs Are Normal?

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Your chicks are now old enough that they are beginning to lay eggs but you may wonder “How many eggs are normal” in the realm of chicken egg laying?

How To Raise Goats: Natural Goat Care for Meat, Milk and Profits in Your Backyard

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To raise goats, the first thing that you must do is build a pen to hold your goats. A four feet high mesh fence will work well.

Plants That Will Feed Your Chickens for Free

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We’re not talking about purchasing some acreage and a tractor for you to grow wheat on. We’re not talking about raiding feed silo doorways for spilled piles of grain (never do this). We’re not even talking about raiding kind grocery stores for their day old produce and bread- which many grocery stores won’t entertain by the way. No, we’re talking about feeding your chickens a harvest from the landscape and reasonable space you already have. So how do you do it? What should you grow? Here is our list of fruiting plants that will feed your chickens for free.

Pig Farming at Home

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If you would like to enjoy pork without spending a lot of money, and maybe earn a few bucks for yourself, too, consider pig farming in your own backyard.

However, before venturing into that area, familiarize yourself first with 10 basic guides in pig farming.

What Do Bees Do in the Winter?

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Here in Northeast Ohio when the weather drops below 50 degrees and we are deep into fall, the bees go into their hive usually not to be seen again until the warm spring sun hits the side of the hive and signals the bees that it is time to come out once more. ” But what do the honeybees do in the in the winter” is the question I get asked most during the wintertime. Do they die? Do they fly south for the winter? Do they hibernate?

The Types of Trout Native to North America

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There are six major species of trout native to North America. All of these species offer a distinct challenge, and they are all of interest to the angler. But perhaps more importantly, these Native species belong in America. They are a natural and valuable part of our natural environment. Some folks are likely to shake their heads at one notable omission in this article:the brown trout. While brown trout are widely established throughout America, they are not native to our continent. Brown trout are originally a European species, transported to America many years ago.

A Brief History of The Horse

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Before we get started on a brief account of the ‘History of the Horse’ here are a few facts I thought you would find interesting.

10 Tips and Suggestions on Buying a Goat

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Are you starting a farm? Do you want more sustainability for your family? Do you like fresh milk every day? If so, you may be thinking about buying a goat. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before starting your search for the perfect one. Do you have enough pasture and room for housing? Do you want pets, efficient weed eaters, or are you more interested in goats for milk, fibre, or meat? These are just a few considerations that need to be addressed before making a final decision.

Common and Uncommon Edible Eggs

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Eggs have always been a popular delicious and nutritious food. When most people think of eggs, they think of eggs that come from a chicken. Commercially produced chicken eggs are used more often than any other type of egg and are the eggs that people will find the most in supermarkets. Although, the chicken egg is the most common egg sold, there are a wide variety of different types of eggs that are edible and tasty.

Feed Your Family By Raising Good Chicken Egg Layers

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If you have the time and space to raise chicken egg layers, it is a great way to feed your family healthy eggs full of nutrients. Eggs raised organically, from chickens that have been fed organic feed and have been allowed to graze on natural grass are healthier than eggs available in grocery stores. In fact, eggs raised organically have been known to be lower in cholesterol, and to be higher in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are great for overall health.

Are Horse Blankets Really Necessary?

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Physically the horse is a thing of incredible beauty and unbelievable wonder. There are very few things in the world more beautiful then a well groomed horse in motion. It doesn’t matter if that horse is performing a complicated dressage test, running down the backstretch, sailing over a jump, or chasing after a calf, the horse is a thing of incredible beauty.

Chickens and The Home Vegetable Garden

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I have recently begun a quest to learn as much as I can on the benefits of chickens that goes beyond their ability to lay eggs. A quest that my wife believes has turned into a near obsession. I’ll save that conversation for a later article and podcast. For now I want to concentrate on why chickens make for a great addition to a backyard home vegetable garden.

Can I Keep Goats and Sheep Together?

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Goats and Sheep are a very common beginner animal when one is looking to get into raising livestock for the homestead. Whether you are raising livestock for meat, milk or wool/fiber, both goats and sheep have something to offer. Many people will begin their livestock venture with either a few goats or a few sheep but further down the line, they decide they would like to add goats to their farm if they only have sheep or vice-versa.

Feeding Old Aging Horses

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Owning an old horse can be at time upsetting when you see your old companion fading away. However, nowadays, horses can live happily until a very old age, some well after the age of 30. Hopefully this article will help you and your old mate find the right care.

Backyard Farming? Consider This Miniature Livestock

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Backyard farming is very popular, and though it obviously encompasses urban farming, some small town and rural folks prefer to farm backyard sized plots as well.

Cost of Keeping Chickens

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How much will it cost for those wonderful, free-range eggs laid in your backyard coop?

Are chickens worth the expense?

How long will it take to re-coop the start up costs?

One of the first questions on the minds of future city chicken farmers is the cost of keeping chickens. They might dream of free-range eggs they can gather out of their own yard, but don’t want to sink financially for the privilege.

How to Protect Your Barn from Wind and Storm Damage

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Weather can be dangerous and unpredictable, especially here in Florida. There is always a lot of talk come hurricane season about protecting your home. If you have a barn and especially if you are housing animals, you will want to take special precautions.

Best Chicken Breeds for Egg Production

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Hens of all breeds lay eggs, but given the same conditions such as care, shelter and food, the best chicken breeds for egg production are just better layers. These chickens were bred for optimal production for eggs almost year-round. They are hardy breeds, but some are better suited to farms and homesteads where others can readily adapt to the backyard coop. Some are active and busy while others are docile and calm. Read on to find out which breeds are suitable for your homestead or backyard situation.

Important Terms To Know About Raising Chickens

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Raising chickens is incredibly fun and very rewarding. They are amazing pets and are unfortunately underrated and not thought of as first options by people looking to buy pets. They are very friendly, deliver fresh eggs and also make great gardeners. Your chickens will fertilize your plants and kill pest and bugs in your yard for you. I have put together a list of common words used when talking about chickens that will be important to know if you are getting into the wonderful world of chicken raising.

Raising Baby Ducks Into Healthy Adult Ducks – All You Need to Know

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Raising baby ducks will give you plenty of benefits. For instance, you can have sources of meat and eggs. You can also sell eggs, ducklings, fully grown ducks, or duck meat for profit. You will not need to spend much time and money for them either. In addition, they can make your yard better. They will eat dandelions, bugs, garden snails, and their poop will fertilize the soil. If you want to unwind and relax, you can play with your ducks too.

Marion’s Bee Keeping Journey

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While trying to know more about bee keeping, I had the chance to post some questions to Marion, a beekeeper whom I met on the web. And he was quick to share his thoughts on the subject.

Keeping Hens in The Garden

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Keeping hens in the garden is easy. Hens are friendly and sociable creatures and not hard to care for. Hens do not also need as much space as one might expect. Their owners do not even need to keep roosters. Hens just have to be provided with shelter, food, and fresh water, and they would already make great pets. If one allows hens to roam in his or her garden, it is best to monitor the activities of the hens themselves. This should be done to prevent the hens from devouring plants instead of weeds.

How to Attract and Keep Bluebirds in Your Yard and Gardens Year Around

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Many of us in the United States enjoy feeding and watching the different types of bird that are attracted to our yards and birdfeeders. Many of us even try to attract different type of bird life. If there is a particular bird that you want to feed and house in your yard and garden, you can research what you need to do to attract them and to keep them coming back year after year.

Make Your Own Honey Cow

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Beekeeping is an ancient DIY art, performed by amateurs and makers for centuries. Anyone can produce natural honey at home. People keep bees in many different kinds of hives, but we will focus on a cheap and simple design, called the Honey Cow.

Beekeeping Equipment – The Essential Tools You Need For Your Homestead Hive

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Having the right beekeeping equipment is crucial for the successful homestead beekeeper. If you are thinking of having a colony or two of bees on your property, here is a list of some of the tools you will need:

Materials and Tools For a Chicken Pen

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So hopefully you are here because you are interested in becoming a chicken owner, whether it is for eggs, meat or just the fact that they are amazingly fun pets to have and make great gardeners. Like all pets, you need to make sure your chickens are healthy, happy and are safe from outside threats. A key component to make sure all you accomplish all of these things is having a proper chicken run. Before building your run you need to gather the right materials and tools, so hopefully I can help you with that in this article.

How to Repel Urban Foxes From Your Garden by Using a Radio

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The issue of urban foxes seemingly running wild in urban areas in the UK has increasingly been making front page news over the last couple of years. Such high-profile cases like the baby twins being attacked by a fox in Hackney in 2010, followed by the baby with a bitten-off finger in Bromley in 2013, has reignited the debate as to whether foxes are vermin or loveable rogues.

Goats – Crucial For the Self-Reliant Homesteader

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When most people think of farming, the cow usually comes to mind. But “Bessie’s” milk isn’t always the best for human consumption, and cows require far more hay and grain – and produce way more milk – than most small homesteads can handle.

Rattlesnakes on the Homestead – Small Predators For Any Size Prey

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Rattlesnakes can be a problem for the homesteader, but they’re also relatively easy to deal with. The key to success when you’re in snake country is being “heads up,” and maintaining a defensive posture. The problem with poisonous snakes is that they really don’t care how large you are, they’ll bite you if you appear to be a threat or violate their “air space.” The big problem for the homesteader is pets, animals and children who aren’t aware of the danger and aren’t keeping an eye out for these uninvited co-inhabitants.

Homestead Predators – Coyotes Work in Teams

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Of all the common predators, the coyote is perhaps the most troublesome. They’re stronger than most, sly, brazen, fast, very wary, and they can hunt in packs so they’re a threat to small animals around the homestead as well as the young of larger animals that would be considered livestock.

Looking for a Cow for Your Homestead

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My friend Wayne and I were discussing livestock over a few rounds of coffee the other evening and he suggested the possibility of raising a few cows. Since my mini-farm is only two acres, I thought that the idea of a cow was a bit of ridiculous thought and laughed at the idea. Wayne went on to explain that the ideal cow for a small farm or homestead would be the Dexter bovine.

Starting a Chicken Farm the Organic Way – Guidelines for Raising Organic Chickens In Your Backyard

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The concept of an organic chicken is still in the gray areas even now as the certain conditions that are required for organically starting a chicken farm could be varied and sometimes conflicting from one farm to another. So what really is the meaning of “organic” in the whole context of organic chicken farming?

Different Ways of Getting Honey Bees Into Your Own Hives

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Beekeeping is a hobby that is gaining a lot of attention lately. The reason why it is gaining a lot of this attention is because the demand of honey has risen because of its health benefits and because bees help in the pollination of our plants. On the other hand it can be a source of income because you can sell the honey produced by your bees.

20 Amazing Honey Bee Facts!

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Some honey bee facts really deserved to be shared, after all so many healing and health-promoting opportunities for us humans start with this little busy creature. As you read the following 20 truths about honey bee, you will be so intrigued just like me by this tiny fellow’s extraordinary abilities.

The Homestead Beekeeper – Tips on Keeping Bees

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The homestead beekeeper knows there is no better form of self reliance than keeping a colony or two of these wonderful insects around. They not only provide a nourishing food packed with health benefits and nutrition, but bees also provide excellent pollination for your garden and orchard. Think far more abundant harvest year after year.

Admire and Save The Honey Bee

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“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live,” said Albert Einstein.

Did the physicist predict all those years ago the precarious situation we are potentially facing in years to come?

Feeding Bees – When, What and How to Feed

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There are times where you need to put forth the attention on the feeding of your bees. Neglecting the needs of your bees during different times throughout the year will cause the bees to seek for other food sources for the sake of survival. And when this happens, you’re the one who will carry all the loss cause by the swarming of your starving bees.

5 Tips on How to Raise Bees

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Raising bees should be considered as something beneficial to a number of aspects. First, it could be a very good choice for a hobby which can be developed to a profitable small to medium business. Producing quality honey and sell them to a targeted market is something very feasible to accomplish.

5 Tips to Help You Start Raising Goats

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Without a doubt, goat farming is one of the more profitable businesses these days. Aside from selling fresh and processed meats in the markets, there is also goat milk that can be harvested and sold fresh or used as ingredients to other food items (e.g. candy, cheese, yogurt, etc.) and skin care products (e.g. lotions, soaps and creams.)