Muscovy Ducks for homesteading

Muscovy are the only domestic ducks that are not derived from Mallard stock. Originating from the Caribbean Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras where the native culture values them for their meat, Muscovy aren’t really ducks, but rather large perching waterfowl (Cairina moschata). Muscovy ducks are great on the farm to control insects the natural way. They […] Read more »

10 Creative Protein Sources for Chickens

 To Help You Save Money on Chicken Feed The bugs, grass, and pretty much all signs of life disappear for five months out of the year. Sometimes chicken feed, even the best feed, just doesn’t cut it. And if you free-range your chickens, you know that your feed costs go way up when the temperature […] Read more »

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management. By John Seymour August/September 2011 Perhaps not a 100%  Self-Sufficient Homestead but it gives you a good start and some great advice if your just starting out. Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient […] Read more »

What To do When You Have Too Many Eggs

I have a lot of chickens because I will use them for weeding my garden in the summer, but I also get a lot of eggs, so my delima was what to use them for, I have already given about 12 doz away. I found this web site that has a few good ideas. http://www.nwedible.com/2014/02/what-to-make-when-you-have-too-many-eggs.html […] Read more »

Raising ducks for eggs and meat; pros and cons

Some great information on raising Ducks for eggs and meat, after reading this I might have to get a few. Read more at http://wildrootshomestead.blogspot.com/ We started off with four Khaki Campbell ducklings and have had as many as twenty-seven ducklings; Welsh Harlequins (beautiful), Saxony’s (big, lovely, heritage), Pekings (meat), Runners (small eggs/little meat -fun), and this […] Read more »

10 Reasons to Keep Chickens or 5 maybe 12

Backyard hens not only provide high-quality eggs, but also serve as master gardeners, organic pest exterminators, and unpaid city workers. #1. Urban chickens as bargain-basement backyard city workers. Foreman concludes that the most economic and politically compelling reason to keep hens is to recycle food and yard waste, therefore keeping it out of landfills as […] Read more »