homestead

  1. R

    New member :] Hello from PA ♡

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Yes and No! I helped my mom take care of hers occasionally growing up and now that I have my own land I have raising some myself ♡ (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Way too many to count. I have 45ish show chickens just in...
  2. LizzzyJo

    Any sustainable homesteading friends out there? What skill should I learn next?!

    For the past 4 years, I have been on a journey of minimal-waste, sustainable homesteading (zero-waste is not an achievable goal for me). I have been reading constantly and immersing myself in youtube zero-waste and homesteading communities. I've learned to can, sew, use much less plastic, knit...
  3. A

    Mentor me on livestock and farming!

    Hello everyone! My family just moved to the Chardon area and we have about 2 1/2 acres and are looking for more land potentially. I want to learn all the things livestock in farming and there are so many places to start and Google can seem overwhelming. I would love to find someone in the area...
  4. Blooming Hills Homestead

    New Here!

    Hello! My name is Ashley and I'm from Wisconsin. My husband and I have been saving to move somewhere with some acreage to start our homestead for a few years, this July we finally moved to a seven acre home and are slowly making plans to create the homestead we want. (1) Are you new to...
  5. Kimi BK

    Former backyard chicken mom, future chicken rancher

    Hey there, I'm new to the forum. We had backyard chickens for ~10 years in Madison, WI. Then we retired June 2019 and moved to a high desert mesa in NW New Mexico. We are starting up a farmstead here and have our greenhouse and outdoor garden up and running. We've been living out of a...
  6. Rranita

    Howdy from New Mexico!

    My hubby and I operate LeeFran Homestead in a tiny, 84-people village in central New Mexico. We've had chickens for several years (most are rescues), and they are actively protected with two pot-belly pigs. They absolutely love each other. We did have 94 hens and 7 roosters until last month...
  7. S

    New member, could use some pointers on types of chickens for my area! (Delaware)

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I'm a complete Chicken Virgin; I have some close friends that raised chickens for many years and I've had an interest in it - my area never allowed them before unfortunately - HOWEVER I'm currently in the midst of moving into a new...
  8. J

    Hello from Ohio!!

    Hello all!! My name is Jami and I raised chickens for most of my childhood with 4-H and helping my big brother with his flocks. I’m a 31 year old SAHM of 3 very special turddlers (I always reference them as X, Y & Z) and wife of an army veteran that’s still serving in the Guard. Recently we...
  9. humblehillsfarm

    My Chicken Coop (& and some garden adventures)

    I wish I had thought to photograph the bedding, but I use Grounds bedding, which is just recycled coffee grounds. I've been using it for about two months and love it so far! Thus far the flock free ranges, but I hope to change that by the end of the year. This is my newly transplanted apple...
  10. TheSunflowerButterfly

    The Sunflower Butterfly Homestead 🌻🦋

    Hello! My name is Kat and my husband is Kyle, we’re new to the homestead life and are doing it in our rented townhouse for now. We have a menagerie of animals. Two dogs, 2 pet bunnies, 5 fish, 2 adult female quail, and 31 quail eggs in our incubator. They’re due to hatch around May 17. A wise...
  11. Tre3hugger

    Diy raised beds progress thread

    Hey guys. Started on a raised beds build today. I'd like to use this thread to chronicle the build and the subsequent growing life of the bed. I was going for a U shape. The sides of the U are 12 feet, with the bottom being 6 feet. Almost 50 sq ft of growing space. I plan to fence it with...
  12. Tre3hugger

    Shiitake Mushroom Farming on Logs at Earthen Acres

    Hey everyone. Today I am starting my shiitake mushroom grow process. Figured i'd share...PART 1 Last week I cut down a white oak tree, and ordered a set of 1000 shiitake mushroom plug spawns from field & forest website. Today I spent the morning processing the oak, preparing it for inoculation...
  13. Tre3hugger

    My maple syrup experience 2020

    This was my second year in the maple game. As a real lover of trees(see username lol) I was really attracted to the idea of making syrup. I also really value that added 20 minutes outside a day in march when the cold winter has been keeping me in. Last year was mostly for learning, with three...
  14. I

    New member, not so new homesteader!

    Hi! Brand new member to BYC but have been following for research & advice for a few years :) My family has a small homestead in a small country town in New England. Besides expanding and moving around our gardens, compost etc, we are going into our third year of keeping ducks, and this year...
  15. 1realmom

    Brand new baby homestead

    Just got my first 6 chicks from tsc Saturday. This is something my husband and I have wanted to do for a long time. We're getting 15 more in april, well, my daughter is through 4-H We have 4 orpington pullets and 2 Dominique straight runs. We also garden and over the next few years plan to add...
  16. RWCp

    Chicken Tractor Coop - Self-Sustaining

    My wife has always wanted to raise chickens so last year when an opportunity to purchase a home with 2 acres came along we jumped on it. We also had a pole barn constructed which left us with plenty of scrap lumber and metal panels. At first I wasn't fully convinced that I could build this...
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