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Spring chicks

When are spring chicks supposed to be moved to the main flock? You took the plunge, bought some spring chicks, they are growing like crazy, but you are unsure when they should be moved to the main flock. This is a question that just about everyone who has an established chicken flock ask. Read More…

Tractor attachments

Over the past century the tractor has revolutionized farming. What use to take all day with a horse and plow, now only takes a few hours with a tractor. Along with the tractor also came a wide assortment of attachments. Whether it is a small homestead or a large farm, there are certain tractor Read More…

Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken

McMurray Hatchery has an excellent write-up on ways to reduce stress in your chicken flock. Some of these I have experienced first hand and have seen how stress can contribute to bad behavior. The list from McMurray: Water problems. Inadequate nutrition. Excessive or Rough Handling. Fear of dogs or Read More…

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Prepping can be an expensive venture. Sure, it can be done on the cheap(er), but even essential supplies, gear, equipment, guns, ammo, and goods cost money. The subject often comes up about ideas for generating extra funds for prepping activities. It is a general subject that comes up when any Read More…

Beans and potatoes

Spring time is almost here and backyard farmers are starting to buy seeds, plants, and fertilizer. When you look at a bag of fertilizer, there are three sets of numbers with a dash between them. Each set of numbers is important for growing a certain types of crop. Too much of one number may Read More…

waterproof-matches

Finally, a how-to video that’s professionally made and offers good info, delivered in a reasonable way. In just a shade above 4 minutes, this one tells us how to transform strike-anywhere matches into waterproof matches that will burn for one heck of a long time after you strike one. I’m Read More…

Garden tiller

Spring is almost here and a lot of us will be getting the garden tiller out. Most tillers are used a couple of times a year and then put in the shed. I use my tiller to break the ground up and make the garden rows. As the plants grow, I use it to go[.....]

Home grown snap beans

Let’s talk about why you should have hybrid seeds in your seed stockpile. In a previous article, we talked about stockpiling seeds, but we did not even mention the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds. Hybrid seeds get a bad rap, which is too bad. All the fruits and vegetables we eat Read More…

Tractor with chickens

Here on the farm in rural Southeast Texas, I find myself using certain tools on a regular basis. Whether it is taking up an old livestock fence, cleaning brush or cutting down trees, there are certain tools that I keep going back to. Maybe it is because I am performing certain tasks over and Read More…