We can argue about how to raise chicks all day, but when it actually comes down to how mama hen and nature do it, no one is going to tell her how she can and can’t do it. Here’s what my Mama Hen is currently teaching this homesteader about raising chicks on our homestead.
We just love everything about the Berkshire pig — so we decided we would raise a breeding pair and produce heritage-breed piglets. Berkshire pigs are gentle enough to pasture with other animals and can be trained to harness/lead.
Springtime is egg season, and often wild bird eggs are found unattended, either in nests or simply lying on the ground. What is the best course of action when you find an egg? Find out here!
When the performing of regular garden chores presents you with ethical or moral dilemmas, what is your normal course of action? Do you think about the wildlife surrounding you? Read here to find out who was hiding in Blythe’s carrot bed and what she decided to do.
While chickens are natural incubation experts, many breeders find that utilizing an incubator can give them more control over their hatch, ultimately leading to higher hatch rates than nature provides. Want to increase chicken egg hatch rates? Check out these fives tips to help you become an egg-incubation master.
Spring is a common time to wean calves, but as any animal caregiver knows there's more to weaning than just separating the calf from its dam. When we wean calves, our preparation tasks must start several weeks earlier. We fence line wean to lower their stress and give calves a healthy start.
Find out the unique needs of ducklings and goslings and how best to care for waterfowl.
Follow these 11 easy tips to experience a good kidding season as shared by Serenity Acres Farm.
Every year I go through playing goat wet nurse because I seem to have one or two goats who have difficulties.
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
The arrival of our first chickens and pigs to the farm, and prepping to head off to my summer internship at Polyface Farm
Reading label ingredients is a must for your baby's health.
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
Check out this cute video featuring dancing ostrich chicks.
Find out how to feed rabbit babies using a goat's milk-based formula.
Walkable neighborhoods will help keep baby boomers active and healthy after retirement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
An introduction to choosing a midwife and making your home birth as safe as possible.
Taking back birth as a family, usually though home birth, and becoming stronger as a result.
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.
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
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.
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.
These cheap and easy homemade baby wipes will make your baby’s bottom and your pocketbook healthy and happy.
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.
Build this unique, natural-looking cradle of oak.
Many new parents are choosing old-fashioned glass baby bottles and cloth diapers. Here's where you can find those products.
An established chicken keeper explains how easy it is to purchase baby chickens from poultry hatcheries.