Bears are cool animals. They’re strong, have an amazing sense of smell and it’s socially acceptable for them to get really fat and sleep it off. But, it’s not cool when they eat all our turkey grain. Although, it’s preferable to them eating our turkeys. Tonight, stand by for operation Electric Baited Fence. Hopefully the game camera will yield some cool shots….of a bear running away.
Hungry for Homestead Products? For those who don’t know, here at the Homestead, we’re passionate about eating. And we’re equally passionate about knowing what we’re eating. In the near year since we launched our site, we’ve had dozens of happy customers (who we thank and appreciate greatly!), but thought it was time for another shout out about what we offer! So, without further ado, our homestead offerings include: Meat (all pasture raised and available fresh!) Chicken roasters Pork Thanksgiving (or anytime) Turkeys Eggs Although we can’t free range due to predation, our hens have plenty of room and fresh air! Chocolates/Baked Goods We’ve been known to whip up some pretty tasty wedding favors! We’re hoping to offer some honey this year, but that’ll be up to the bees! For more information, or to order, contact us and/or checkout our Homestead Products Page!
Due to predation, we can’t free range. That said, safe birds getting fresh air is the next best thing!
Our bakers dozen of broad breasted white turkeys has arrived!!
The Spring Homestead Checklist Some folks may wonder exactly what we homesteaders are doing when the snow is still on the ground to the time the summer sun shines bright overhead. Well, take a peak at our seasonal chores below. Of course, fellow homesteaders may have more or less tasks depending on their holdings. For those looking to start homesteading, check out the Homesteading 101 post for more chores by seasons! Livestock Order any piglets or poults from farmers or feed stores by late winter/early spring. Prepare brooders check heat lamps from last year review poult care check cage wires to keep mice out if brooder will be in garage or barn Pick up chicks/poults, lambs, piglets, etc Assist with livestock birthing (if not ordering) Check any pasture fences to prevent escapes Install electric fences and train livestock to fence Garden Ensure seeds are ordered by late winter/early spring Start seeds indoors according to packaging Purchase any started plants in late spring to transfer to garden Till the garden when ground thaws Plant cold-loving varieties (e.g. spinach, chards) Begin to harden off seedlings Prune any fruit trees before budding occurs Bees Prepare hives to install any new bee colonies…
Homesteading 101 – How to Start a Homestead So you want to start a homestead? CONGRATULATIONS! Homesteading can be a very rewarding lifestyle (or even hobby) for anyone looking to feel a little more independent. Not sure if homesteading is for you? Keep reading, because, my friends, homesteading can be so many things. It’s all up to you to decide what your homestead will look like – that’s part of the fun! What is homesteading? Homesteading is a very broad term applied to anyone with a DIY, self-sustaining attitude. Although homesteaders can range from full-scale self-subsistence live-off-the-land type farming all the way to people who want to make their own soap, most of us fall somewhere in between! Homesteading can include any or all of the below activities (and many more that I’m forgetting): gardening canning the harvest soap making raising chickens for eggs raising livestock for meat beekeeping boiling sap for maple syrup home cooking with homemade ingredients (such as vanilla extract or yogurt) Simply put: homesteading is making as much as you can yourself with ingredients you source/make yourself. Why Homestead? Take a look on the internet and you’ll find hundreds of blogs related to homesteading (my…
The Problem with Keeping Chickens in Winter Here at the Homestead, we are working to upgrade our circa 1800’s barn. Although we will have electricity for this year (happy dance!), I thought it worth reposting how we kept our chickens in the winter and prevented it from freezing without electricity. At the time, given our freezing and sub-zero winters here in New Hampshire, our only option would have been slogging (buckets in tow) up to The Barn twice daily to chip ice out and replenish (we work off-site during the week). Not fun. Luckily, necessity is the mother of invention. Building an insulated chicken waterer/drinker Building on the year before’s DIY insulated waterer model, which lasted through only the work day, we purchased a larger waterer (6+ gallons), insulated, insulated and insulated some more. We can happily say this sucker keeps water warm for over 24 hours in 0 degree weather! One less trip to the barn a day! So, how can you do it? It’ll take a couple hours and some supplies, but for those of us without electricity, liquid water in winter is nothing short of a miracle! Here’s what you’ll need: • Duct tape • 4’ x…