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Backyard Chickens | Homesteading | Beekeeping | Real Food | DIY | Organic Gardening | Natural Health

Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens 101
Learn the basics necessary to successfully raise happy and healthy backyard chickens.

Chicken Coop Space Requirements
GRIT Editor-in-Chief Hank Will talks with Purina animal nutrition specialist Dr. Mikelle Roeder about chicken coop space requirements for a happy, healthy flock.

Benefits of Backyard Chickens
Backyard chickens have been providing homesteaders with natural pest control and nutritious eggs and meat for ages. In this video, learn more about the benefits of backyard birds.

How and Why of Free Range Chickens
Free-range chickens provide tastier meat and more flavorful eggs than their store-bought counterparts, but what does “free-range” really mean?

Protecting Chickens From Predators
Raising chickens is a valuable practice for any homesteader, but protecting chickens from predators can be a tough job. In this video, GRIT editor-in-chief Hank Will provides some tips for keeping your flock safe and happy.

Chicken Brooder Basics
So you’ve acquired or hatched a group of day-old chicks; now what? Introducing them to a chicken brooder that will keep them comfortable and safe should be first on the list.

Incubating Chicken Eggs
Incubating chicken eggs is a great way to increase your flock size, or to provide replacements for birds that have been culled from your flock.

Step-by-Step Chicken Processing
Learn the essential stages of chicken processing in this video, from equipment and humane killing methods to plucking and eviscerating.

Biosecurity for Backyard Chickens
GRIT Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Hank Will discusses biosecurity for backyard chickens with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Gordon Ballam.

Chicken Coop Ventilation Tips
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, discusses the best ways to ventilate a chicken coop with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Patrick Biggs.

Integrating New Birds
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, meets with Dr. Mikelle Roeder, nutritionist at Purina, to highlight tips for integrating new chickens into your flock.

Protect Your Flock from Chicken Predators
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, discusses the best ways to protect your flock and prevent chicken predators with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Patrick Biggs.

Watering Chickens
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, and Purina animal nutritionist Mikelle Roeder discuss best practices for watering chickens.

Feeding Chickens a Balanced Diet
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, and Dr. Gordon Ballam of Purina Animal Nutrition explain proper diet through each stage of growth in a chicken’s lifespan.

Egg Production
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, talks with Purina animal nutritionist Dr. Gordon Ballam about increasing egg production in your flock.

Flock Feed Basics
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine, meets with Dr. Gordon Ballam, director of lifestyle technical services with Purina, to discuss what feed to use with your flock.

Raising Healthy, Newborn Chickens
GRIT Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Hank Will, discusses how to successfully raise happy and healthy chickens with Purina Mills’ nutritionist Mikelle Roeder.

Preparing for Chickens
Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief of GRIT Magazine discusses the basics of getting chicks started with Purina animal nutritionist, Mikelle Roeder.


Small-Scale Haymaking with a Compact Tractor
Use your compact tractor to make enough hay to feed your livestock and sell for profit, too.

How to Use a Chainsaw Mill
Wranglerstar shows you how to use the portable, inexpensive of method of chainsaw milling.

Build a Timber Framing Toolbox
Create your perfect timber framing toolbox with tips from our friend, Wranglerstar.

Choosing a Zero-Turn Mower
Zero-turn mowers are a great investment for homesteaders with large lawns. In this video, learn how to choose the best one for your needs.


Assembling a Beekeeper’s Toolkit
Join Russell Mullin and Kellsey Trimble as they assemble a beekeeper’s toolkit!

How to Install a Bee Package
Join Russell Mullin as he walks through the steps of installing a package of bees into a horizontal Langstroth beehive.

Splitting a Beehive
Join Russell Mullin and Suzanna Vazquez as they walk through the process of splitting a beehive.

Capturing a Bee Swarm
Watch as Editor Russell Mullin captures a swarm.

Installing a Bee Hotel
Join Russell Mullin as he shows how to properly install a “bee hotel” for mason and leafcutter bees.

Maintaining New Bee Colonies
Learn the dos and don’ts of inspecting newly installed bee colonies for health and productivity.

Installing a Hive Top Feeder
Learn how to install a hive top feeder to keep your bees well-fed through the fall and early winter.

Catching a Swarm
Learn how to catch a bee swarm and install it in a new hive from our friends at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.

Installing a Bee Package
Join our friends at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm to learn how to install a bee package in a new hive.

Harvesting with a Honey Extractor
Learn how to efficiently uncap frames and use a honey extractor for your best harvest ever.

Tips for Getting Started in Beekeeping
Our friends at Brushy Mountain Bee Farm offer some helpful tips and tricks to get your hive buzzing.

Real Food

Making and Pressing Easy Farmer’s Cheese
Watch as Q and Jessica make and press Easy Farmer’s Cheese

Milling Herbs with Flour to Bake Bread
Join Jessica and Rebecca as they mill herbs with flour to bake bread!

SCOBY Snacks: Kombucha Fruit Leather
Learn how to make tasty fruit leather snacks using Kombucha.

Solar Cooking
Russell and Jessica test out a variety of solar cookers and help determine which style will fit your needs.

How to Make Sauerkraut
Learn how to make sauerkraut for an easy, nutritious way to preserve cabbage. You can use the same process to ferment numerous other vegetables, too.

Making Chicken Stock From Scratch
Learn the finer points of making your own homemade chicken stock and how to cook with this economical flavor-enhancer.

Homemade Bread Made Easy
Homemade bread is easy to make and requires minimal time spent kneading. Using simple ingredients, such as honey, whole-wheat flour and salt, anyone can have fresh, homemade bread in a matter of hours.

Use an Oil Press
By using an oil press, you can produce homemade oils with tons of flavor. In this video, learn how to use a Piteba oil press for superior cooking oil from your favorite nuts and seeds.

Pressure Cooking Basics
Pressure cooking is simple, efficient and nutritious — yet too many cooks are intimidated by the technique. This video demystifies how to use a pressure cooker — not to be confused with a pressure canner — and encourages everyone to give it a try.

Cozy Pumpkin Rolls Recipe
In this video, learn how to make this Cozy Pumpkin Rolls recipe. It’s easy and will be a favorite at your holiday table.

Make Simple No-Knead Bread
This no-knead bread recipe will give you artisan-style bread straight from the oven.

Pickled Beets Recipe
Learn how to pickle and can beets in this video — the process is easy and you’ll agree it’s worth the effort for tasty beets in the dead of winter.

How to Render Lard
Learn how to render lard, which is actually lower in saturated fat than butter and margarine.


Build an Emergency Water Filter
Make your own Emergency DIY Water Filter in under 10 minutes with a handful of tools and some simple supplies.

Beeswax Candle Making
How to make your own beeswax candles as a fun project to get into the fall spirit.

Easy Soap Making
Learn how to make your own custom soap at home!

How to Tie a Square Knot
Knot-tying isn’t just for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts — it’s a handy skill for homesteaders, too. In this video, learn how to tie a basic square knot that is both attractive and strong.

How to Tie a Bandana
Bandanas can be used in varied ways — from sweat bands to gift wrapping. In this video presentation, learn how to tie a bandana for several simple uses.

How to Refinish Wood Floors
Sunlight, dents and foot traffic can all cause your wood floor to appear worn and faded. But with a few supplies, you can revive worn wood flooring without heavy-duty sanding.

Organic Gardening

Pollinator Friendly Garden
Learn how to grow a pollinator friendly garden!

DIY Indoor Herb Garden
Join Jessica and Nancy as they discuss and demonstrate the benefits of a DIY indoor herb garden.

How to Start Vermicomposting
Join the Mother Earth News editors as they walk you through three vermicomposting systems and talk about their personal methods and mistakes!

DIY Seed Starting Kits
Learn how to make biodegradable seed starting kits out of newspaper in this how-to video.

How to Check for Seed Viability
Use our seed viability test to make sure you get the most from your saved seeds every year.

Pricking Out, Potting on and Transplanting
Indoor-sown plants need tender loving care to flourish. Show your seedlings some love and you’ll see them grow into strong and productive individuals.

Sowing Seeds: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
Start seeds off under the protection of a greenhouse, tunnel or cold frame, or use a sunny indoor windowsill.

Growing Microgreens from Sowing to Harvest
The crops most commonly grown as microgreens are leafy herbs, salads and brassicas such as radishes and turnips.

Top 10 Money Saving Crops
Here are our 10 favorite money-saving crops.

Natural Health

How to Make an Herbal Tincture
Learn how to make a peppermint herbal tincture that will help with treating stomach aches, motion sickness and morning sickness.

3 Herbs for Wellness
Use these herbs for wellness to keep your major body functions running smoothly and efficiently.

2 Herbs for Skin
Soothe and heal scrapes, burns and rashes with these herbs for skin.

4 Herbs for Mental Focus
Try these herbs for mental focus to boost brain health safely and effectively.

3 Herbs for Nausea
These herbs for nausea can be used to soothe upset stomachs, calm nerves and prevent illness.

How to Make an Herbal Salve
Learning how to make an herbal salve will prove useful with any skin problems like chapped hands, mild burns, acne, rashes and more.