Homestead Living and Livestock

Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.

4 Steps to Making Your Backyard Chickens Happy During Winter

By David Woods, Log Cabin Hub

We all know that keeping chickens during the winter can be difficult, particularly when the snow and frost comes!

Cracking the Chicken Code: How to Change Local Backyard Poultry Ordinances

By Michelle Bruhn, Forks in the Dirt

I was shocked when I found out our city had a municipal ordinance that made it illegal to raise backyard hens. In 2016, I worked with my city council to change our municipal ordinance. Here are some easy steps to follow how to change chicken laws in your community.

Choosing a Breeding Gilt

By Shelby DeVore, Farminence

Do you raise pigs on your farm? Learn how to choose which pigs you should keep to breed, and which pigs to raise for meat.


A Story of Two Stoves

By Rebecca Harrold

Why we chose to upgrade our wood stove.

So You Want to Start a Farm...

By Nicole Wilkey

Where to start, what to do {and what not to do} when preparing for your new farm life.

Growing Fodder for Your Homestead

By Nicole Wilkey

Establish a fodder system to cut feed costs while also increasing nutrition.

How I Chose a Border Collie as a Working Dog Breed, Part 1

By Mary Powell, Barnyard Weed Warriors

Every good cowboy needs a good working dog to help manage livestock. In this series, I relate my experience choosing a herding dog breed and why Border Collies work for me (but not everybody).

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