Note from Kathleen: Today I’m welcoming my favorite guest post author…my husband, Mr. Native Texan! Also known as Greg. He’s definitely the animal expert on our homestead, so I’m going to let him tell you all about our experience with our livestock guardian dog Mudge.
2017 was a big homesteading year for us. Most notably, it was our first year to raise pastured poultry from start to finish. What an adventure!
There were triumphs (chickens) and defeats (broccoli). We learned a lot and worked our tails off, and have spent the winter recuperating and gathering ideas and energy for year 2018 on the homestead.
Just when my friends and assorted family members thought I couldn’t get any crunchier…Read More
Ready to get rid of vine borers for good?
There’s nothing quite so discouraging as watching a perfectly healthy zucchini plant wilt before your eyes, while you stand by, helpless. If you have trouble with vine borers, I’ve got good news and bad news.Read More
Have you ever wondered if you can use essential oils for chickens? The answer is yes! We use essential oils to repel insects, soothe injuries, and support healthy immune function for our laying hens. Here’s a list of our favorite essential oils for chickens.Read More
Did you know you can build a cold frame out of pallets for next to nothing?
It’s true! If you have a few old windows and an assortment of random hinges on hand, plus access to free pallets, these cold frames will cost you nothing. Don’t have these supplies on hand? No worries, they’re not hard to track down. Read More
If you’ve kept chickens for any amount of time, I’m sure you know the heartbreak of raising chicks to adulthood only to have them nabbed by a predator just when they’d started laying eggs.
Losing even a few chickens from a small backyard flock is enough to make any homesteader sad, mad and determined to outsmart those wily predators!
In more than four years of raising backyard chickens, we’ve discovered snakes, a possum and a raccoon in our chicken coop. We’ve also had trouble with foxes and hawks.
Our three-acre homestead is situated at the top of a hill with few trees, and hawks are definitely our worst predator.
At least they were.Read More