Homestead Living and Livestock

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

Bird Brains: Personal Experience, Behaviour Research, and the Welfare of Laying Hens

By Jacob Maxwell

In an exclusive interview, Dr. Misha Ross comments on the science of animal welfare in egg-laying chickens.

Starting a Tree Plantation

By Rockwell R. Stephens

Learn the basics of starting a tree plantation including where to plant trees, how to plant tree seedlings and more.

15 Things I Learned From High-Altitude Remote Homesteading

By Bruce McElmurray

These lessons learned from remote Colorado homesteader at high elevation will help you determine whether remote living is right for you.

Prevent Flystrike in Sheep: How Farmers Can Strike First

By John Klar

“Flystrike” refers to an outbreak of blowflies, and can cause harm and death in livestock. Here are my on-farm tips for how to prevent and treat flystrike in sheep.


After 6 Years of Homesteading, We are Finally Free and This Video Talks About How

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Our six-year journey to having more freedom on our homestead and how we did it.

Choosing the Best Farm Livestock Animals to Raise

By Randy Kidd

The first thing a would-be small-scale meat producer has to decide on the best farm livestock animals to raise, includes information on rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, buying animals and a comparison chart. Originally published as "Comparing the Five Best Backyard Animals" November/December 1982 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Lessons from Hatching Chicks in Late Winter

By Jo deVries

Helping chicks hatch is certainly not recommended, although we should only help out if the chick is likely to die if we don’t intervene.

Selecting a Homestead Site

By Ken Kern

Get advice on what to look for when selecting a homestead site, such as climate, soil type, water supply, available space, length of the growing season, and more. Originally published as "The Owner-Built Home and Homestead" in the January/February 1971 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

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