Find out how to feed rabbit babies using a goat's milk-based formula.
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
There are many reasons to raise meat rabbits: meat, fertilizer, breeding capacity, small space required, pelts and more.
Build this unique, natural-looking cradle of oak.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence gives easy green nursery tips.
Cross-state travel, early chicks, a rescue rabbit and pork — all in one week!
Using permaculture principles with rabbits to ensure their living space is as natural as possible.
Thinking about getting into meat rabbits? Here are a few basics about raising, breeding and processing that may help you along the way.
Whether you have 1/4 acre or 100 acres, raising rabbits is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to have a constant supply of meat on your homestead. Here are some of the things we learned at the beginning of our journey.
Many new parents are choosing old-fashioned glass baby bottles and cloth diapers. Here's where you can find those products.
Using rabbit hypnosis and a pair of wire cutters we successfully perform dental surgery on one of our does.
"The Rabbit-Raising Problem Solver" by Karen Patry will answer your questions about rabbit housing, feeding, behavior, health care, breeding and kindling.
Since we began raising rabbits on our homestead, the phrase "breeding like rabbits" has taken on a whole new meaning to us. The sad fact is that domesticated rabbits don't "breed like rabbits." Here are a few tips that will help you make breeding more efficient and less stressful.
One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.
Gather a few pallets and get geared up to make your very own spacious rabbit hutch with just a few supplies for under $25 dollars!
Rabbits are an ideal source of high quality meat for urban homesteaders.
A common problem rabbit raisers face is lack of litters in the fall. One big reason is hot weather in the summer, and we are having plenty of that across the country.
Rabbits are a fabulously healthful, economical and ecologically sound source of meat, and they don’t have to be kept in hanging cages. Rabbits can be raised on pasture to produce food for your family while improving the quality of your land.
Check out this cute video featuring dancing ostrich chicks.
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
These cheap and easy homemade baby wipes will make your baby’s bottom and your pocketbook healthy and happy.
The discussion of home birth often revolves around the mother and the newborn baby. This blog post describes the experience through the eyes of the father, and the amazing respect for the family's midwife that came from the day of his son’s birth.
Edamame soybeans are tough,fast-maturing plants that can withstand extreme garden conditions. They have few problems with disease or insect pests. The green pods are delicious and high in protein, and make a good addition to an edible landscape.
Robert White is remaking himself as a farmer, and will return to his family's land to start a market garden. Here's why.
This week at Polyface Farm included mornings with rabbits, fence line work, moving calves and my first foray into canning.
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
Reading label ingredients is a must for your baby's health.
Taking back birth as a family, usually though home birth, and becoming stronger as a result.
An established chicken keeper explains how easy it is to purchase baby chickens from poultry hatcheries.
Walkable neighborhoods will help keep baby boomers active and healthy after retirement.
An introduction to choosing a midwife and making your home birth as safe as possible.
Aggressive roosters are a nuisance and can be dangerous if they attack small children. Three simple methods can stop most aggressive behavior so that you can enjoy your entire flock of chickens, even the roosters.
A story about a baby calf born in the middle of a snow storm.
Unlike most poultry and chicken electrolyte products on the market today that treat hundreds of birds, Sav-A-Chick™ is ideal for casual poultry raisers with 1 – 10 birds.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
describing the upcoming fun photo contest with the theme being chickens and the fun they either have or give. Figs and more figs are at the heart of the obsession.
The arrival of our first chickens and pigs to the farm, and prepping to head off to my summer internship at Polyface Farm
This story recounts one father's hard work to help his family survive by raising chickens and farming during the Great Depression. The author also describes his family-owned homemade brooder house, which helped shelter the chickens that provided meat and eggs during hard times.
Learn details regarding winter chicken care including ventilation for a cozy chicken house, heat for baby and grown chicks, and recommended poultry books.
As a nursery renovation begins, Jessica, editor of Natural Home and Garden, is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options for an eco-friendly nursery.
Trace amounts of chemicals are particularly harmful to developing babies, which means expectant mothers should be careful. In the first post of a series, Jessica Kellner writes about the dangers of BPA and how to avoid the chemical.
When our chicks arrived, we had no idea how much we had to learn about how to raise baby chicks. Nor did we know how much the books couldn't tell us.
I envision this chandelier—made entirely of items recovered from the recycling bin—hanging over a dining table on the patio. Making it is a pretty big project, though, and I would have to call in a friend with a jigsaw to help. (I don’t have the tools—or skills—that former Natural Home & Garden art director Susan Wasinger, who dreamed up this project, does.) Aside from the saw, the materials for this one are simple: used baby-food jars, a few yards of twisted wire, a couple repurposed barrel hoops and a length of rusty chain. And happily, I can make the “lite” version–pretty votive holders—which lets me stop before power tools are needed.
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.