Today is the First official Day of Spring and the Vernal Equinox according to the almanac it happens at 6:45 pm EST when the sun crosses over the celestial equator. If you are a weather man spring started March 1st. For me spring started when I opened the door the other evening and heard the Tree Frogs Peeping. About that same time I noticed that the Trees were just starting get the red Buds. The red buds are a sure sign of days getting longer. And within a few days the Red Buds Burst and what was just a hint of red is now very noticeable. Soon there will be small leaves. There is the old timers saying I heard my Grandpa say every year. Got to get the potatoes into the ground by Saint Patrick’s Day. But the Old Indian Wisdom says Plant the potato when the buds on the trees are the size of a squirrel’s ear. Well that would be about now. The Indians cultivated a lot of crops and use the signs of the season to do it by. Continue reading →
Over the years I have watched a lot of people Live a Homestead lifestyle. They work all day at the 9 To 5 job come home and work the Homestead. The Funny thing is that the term Homestead Evokes an Image in most people’s minds of a Conestoga Wagon Pulled by an Ox or Horse team Filled to over flowing with a Family hanging on heading to the Promised Land.
Well that might have been a true image of the Homestead Or more accurately The Homesteaders of the 1800. But todays Homesteaders are everyday people like you and me. The Homestead you work can be your 1/12th acre lot in the suburbs. Continue reading →
Several years ago I was impressed by this little candle I found under a simmering potpourri. When I saw it the first thing that I thought was “look at that a tiny candle it burns for such a long time too”. I had experimented with birthday cake candles in the past. The thought was a small storable candle in case of emergency. The problem with birthday cake candles is there thin, there wick to wax ratio is way off. Continue reading →
Go to the Mega Mart and into the dried bean Isle and you will find several different dried beans. Sometimes it is a little overwhelming at the sheer number of dried beans that are available. Dried Beans can be placed into your long term food storage for 25 years if stored correctly. Or can be so hard and inedible in 5 that you can’t even cook them if stored incorrectly. Lets see what the university of Utah has to say about Dry Beans and storage. Continue reading →
Went to the Dollar General Sunday after posting up the Podcast. They have the garden seeds out. In the past I always wondered why they put the seeds out so early in the year. I mean it is nasty the snow is still on and frozen so hard I can walk on it without sinking much. I am not a little man. Well as I get older I relished that garden season sneaks up on you. One day you’re scraping the Ice from your windshield and the next you’re enjoying the sunshine. And warm breeze of spring and it’s too late to plant the seeds leftover in the seed rack at the local mega mart. But if you take your time and pick your seeds when you see the racks start coming out in late February early March you will have time to plan and plant your seed starts and get off to a good early start. Continue reading →
As the song goes “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful” this is the pregame gardening season. It is time for all the soil warriors to start planning and planting your spring garden seed inside to get the earliest start possible. For me it is planning season. I am starting out this year behind having skipped last year. Continue reading →
I will start with nest boxes. I have seen people basically just take a crate and put hay in the bottom of it and call it good, and while this can work I find that chickens would much rather go in under something to lay eggs. They like dark cozy places. I like to build the nest boxes with a lip of about 3 to 4 inches on the bottom side to keep in, whatever you use for litter. I make the nest boxes big enough that two hens can get in them at the same time as I find that they do share them more often than not. Continue reading →
So today I continue with talking about raising chickens and will be addressing the question, “How much room do chickens need?”
Enough room to move is something that is needed for healthy, happy chickens. The more room they have the better. In the summer I find it easier, because I let them out to run free, for at least a few hours, but sometimes this isn’t something you can do, depending on where you live or if you have a lot of critters trying to get an easy meal. So having a house that gives the room to move around and a yard with even more space is important. Continue reading →
So yesterday I talked about the chicken house, today I will continue with the next thing on the list, dietary needs.
A healthy balanced diet, can be a bit more challenging depending on how much time you have, but it doesn’t have to be. I try to stay away from commercial laying mash or crumbles as I believe it is not best thing for my chickens. My dad was a veterinarian and advised me against using it if it could be avoided, but sometimes I do supplement with it, especially if I am short on time. Keep in mind these posts, this information is just from my experiences and preferences, and should be viewed as such. Continue reading →