Archive of ‘Chickens’ category

~Partners in Homestead Waste Management~

| Broiler Chickens, Chickens, composting, homestead management, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, In the Kitchen, Pigs


I’m a big stickler on everyone pulling their weight around here.  There really “ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” I’m not saying that everyone does (or that even I always do.) But it’s the ideal. But in a perfect world everyone has their jobs and someone needs to take out the trash. Actually, […] Read more…


~2013 Homestead Yields & Cost Analysis~

| 2013 vegetable garden, Broiler Chickens, Cattle, Chickens, cost analysis, dairy, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, our homestead, Pigs


It may take a little extra time and effort to track and record what your homestead is producing, but at the end of the year, it is well worth the work when you see just exactly how much food you could grow on your land. I always have found it to be very rewarding in […] Read more…


~Ancona Chicken~

| Chickens, In the Barnyard


Our Ancona hen is probably one of the most unusual laying hens in our flock. Her companions being comprised of Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Australorps, and Golden Comets ,and others are more typical birds you’ll find among a group of chickens.  She came to be here when one year I let the children flip through […] Read more…


Incubation Chart

| Chickens, homemaking binder, homestead management, In the Barnyard


I have added a Poultry Incubation Chart to the templates for my homesteading binder which is useful tool to help you with hatching the eggs of chickens, turkeys, and ducks and thought I’d share it with you! I have found the most difficult part of incubating eggs this year (besides the children fidgeting with the thermostat) is […] Read more…


~One Year Old~

| Broiler Chickens, Chickens, In the Barnyard


Last year, we reserved three of the Freedom Ranger broilers to see how long they would survive, whether or not they would lay eggs, and perhaps whether or not we could breed our own meat chickens. I would never expect a cross to grow as fast as a ranger broiler, but that’s alright… I’m not […] Read more…


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