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.
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
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
The following tale is not for the faint of heart.
As you might have guessed from the title, it involves murdered birds and decapitated chickens. Blood and guts. Feathers and more feathers.
If you’ve been following along with our Garden Experiments, you may know that we’ve experienced a few mishaps along the way. Recently, I showed our abundant green bean harvest, so you may also know that we’ve experienced some success as well.
The first major Garden Experiment was the implementation of a new method: Square Foot Gardening. You can read more about that here: This Year’s Garden Experiments, Take Two.
Today, I’d like to reveal (finally!) the second part of This Year’s Garden Experiment. Are you ready?