Homesteading & Livestock

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

Hatching Chicks Using Incubators vs Broody Hens, Part 2

By Anna Twitto

In my previous post, I discussed several points comparing the relative benefits of using incubators for hatching chicks vs. doing things the natural way - that is, assigning the job to a broody. Today I am going to cover some more factors influencing the chicken owner's decision on this matter.

Wild-Food Foraging and Harvesting Beneath September's 'Apple Moon'

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

A monthly guide and to-do list applying permaculture through the seasons with Wild Abundance.

How Cows Make Milk

By Steve Judge, Bob-White Systems

We take it for granted that cows and other mammals make milk for their babies and for us. The process is truly a miracle of nature. What follows is a brief explanation of exactly how cows make milk.

Hatching Chicks using Incubators vs Broody Hens, Part 1

By Anna Twitto

Is it better to use an incubator for hatching chicks or do things the natural way by hatching chicks using a broody hen?


Ducks or Geese for Farm Poultry?

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

Both are fun birds for the farm, but there are some key differences between ducks and geese.

The ABCs of Homesteading: H is for 'Horticulture'

By Tasha Greer, reLuxe Ranch

This is the sixth blog post in an alphabetically organized introduction to homesteading. It covers an understanding of what horticulture is and why it is important to homesteading. You'll find reading recommendations, information on plant selection, garden planning, plant propagation, seed saving, and food security.

The Stay-at-Home Advantages of Freelance Writing as a Homesteader

By Lydia Noyes

Homesteading is tricky enough without a full-time outside job. If you're passionate about where you live, it pays to think outside the conventional job market for full-time jobs that you can do right from home.

What It's Like Cutting Your Own Firewood in the Forest (With Video)

By Alyssa Craft

Two homesteaders share first-hand what the reality of cutting your own firewood is like. If you haven’t cut your own wood before, there can be a lot to know and learn!