Butchering chickens is a lengthy process. If you’re like us, and you have more than one chicken to harvest you may not have all day to spend on butchering chickens. Butchering chickens can be an all-day event. Lucky for you, we have a shortcut. Keep in mind the shortcut we offer does not use the whole bird. The survivalist in me hates to waste anything! But since my husband does most of the butchering, I try to take his time into value. If we had
Our homemade dog ear wash is one of our favorite recipes to make. Making homemade solutions is a great part of self-sufficiency. We save money and meet our family’s needs with simple homemade recipes. So, whether it’s a recipe for a salt bath or a recipe for a casserole we are always whipping something together! Whether you are dealing with chickens or cats and dogs chances are we’ve made something for them. There are different creams, lotions, and sprays that work best based on your
Whether you grow your own food or buy your produce from the grocery store you need to wash it. Our experience shows fruits and vegetables from the grocery store have a chemical taste surrounding it. While we don’t use chemicals on our own garden, there is plenty of dirt and sometimes bugs on our produce, so washing is always essential. As we lean more toward a natural lifestyle, we prefer an all natural fruit vegetable wash. Below we will give you our homemade recipe for
Creating a chemical free home is a process. This is one of those steps in the homestead journey you decide to incorporate when you feel ready. It’s a major change, like adding chickens or goats, except this is inside your house. So if you are following our model to only add one more element to your home each year, realize this is your element. Creating a chemical free home can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Do you throw all your chemical cleaners out and
We’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award y’all! Y’all know we blog about homesteading, chickens and chronic illness, and never dreamed we’d be nominated for any award. Let alone a blogging award! Woohoo! First off, we want to shout out a huge thank you to Courtney Neiss over at My Neiss Life who nominated us for this award. While we’ve entered writing contests in the past, very little came from them. Seldom winning or even placing became challenging. Upon receiving this nomination joy filled us!
A chicken-run is important when free ranging chickens. Here at the homestead our chickens free range. That means they have freedom. At night they get cooped up to protect them from predators, but during the day they forage for greens, pebbles, bugs, etc. You name it, they eat it. That is what makes them lay healthy eggs! But even during the day light hours predators are present. In our neck of the woods hawks fly overhead scouting for their next meal. Not to mention cats, dogs and
Landscaping is a part of homesteading I love. Don’t get me wrong. It’s hard work. But the creating of the space is fun, and the labor of implementing the design is great exercise. When the rooster and I first bought our homestead we knew it needed work and had great potential. We started on the inside (I’ll save that for another post), but I love a home with great curb appeal. I want to feel welcomed when I pull in a driveway. And so the plotting