Category Archives: Farm Animals

Vermiculture – Fish Candy and Garden Gold

Vermiculture
My pappaw used to make me bait my own hook when we went fishing. That was the rule. His pond, his poles, his fish. If I was old enough to go fishin', then I was old enough to bait my own hook. And I dreaded it. The baiting. I am not being silly, or sarcastic, or overdramatic when I tell you that I a [...]

Managing Bees – The Queen and her Court-Part 2

Managing Your Bees
I am amazed every time I watch my bees. They are simply fascinating. In true HRH fashion, I’ve named my queens – after the queens of Bohemia, of course. Queen Beatrice reigns over my first hive; the others are Queen Adelaide, Queen Caroline and Queen Eleanor. In this post, I’m going to discus [...]

Getting Started With Bees – The Queen and her Court – Part 1

Getting Started With Bees
Did you know that honey doesn't spoil?  It is literally good forever.  Honey was found in Egyptian tombs and after 3000 years, it’s still edible.  Honey is Nature’s most amazing sweetener.  Unlike sap used to make syrup, and cane used to make sugar, the honey of bees requires no processing [...]

Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!

Homestead eggs
In my mind, the #1 benefit of having poultry on our homestead is fresh eggs. They are a wonderful food; small, self-contained, nutritional treasures. An average chicken egg is 50g, containing 6g of protein, and about 78 calories. In a 2000 calorie/day diet this represents 12% of the daily recommende [...]

Diversify your flock with ducks!

Diversify your flock with ducks!
Last spring, my husband thought it would be fun to add ducks to our homestead; remember, diversifying isn’t just for stock portfolios. He did some research to make sure that we could provide the right environment for them and found that it was going to be easier than expected. Backyard Chickens.co [...]

So, you want to raise chickens…

So, you want to raise chickens...
You’ve decided that you want to keep chickens. There are a few things you need to do before you bring the little darlings home. Most of this information can be found in a wonderful online forum called BackyardChickens.com. The information below is a summary of more detailed information BYC has. [...]

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