Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

Sometimes, bad things happen.  It’s a risk we all take in our day to day, but a risk that seems heightened on the homestead.  When you invest so much of yourself into your land and your animals, it becomes heart breaking when things go wrong. All homesteaders have been there – it’s one of the things we all share.  For us it was the loss of five chickens. Our very…

Thinking Outside the Norm

Thinking Outside the Norm

Lately Hubby and I have been discussing me quitting my job. Say what now?! I know, I know. You can’t survive without two incomes in this economy, right? Perhaps. The decision to begin homesteading and getting back to more traditional values, and living off the land was largely my idea. Hubby and I both have always wanted to farm and have lots of animals, but it was always a dream…

Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning

Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning

Hubby and I are moving.  Oh my goodness what a terrible ordeal it all is.  For those of you who are lucky to have stayed in the same place for years I must remind you how fortunate you all are.  Packing up your entire life into boxes is a nightmare.     So in the midst of all this craziness we haven’t had much time for at home meals.  There’s…

What Not to Do When Raising Baby Chicks

What Not to Do When Raising Baby Chicks

There are tons of articles about raising chickens. Trust me, I’ve read them all. Most of them say the same thing, others have a few differences, and others still are completely out there.  However, in the middle of a chick crisis I seemed to forget that some articles did not directly relate to my circumstances and I would go off in a panic. So let me make this short and…

How to Calm Chicks During a Thunderstorm

How to Calm Chicks During a Thunderstorm

My chickens are not normal chickens. Or perhaps I’m not a normal chicken mother. I’m some sort of worrying, always fussing mother hen combination.  Either way, Hubby and I moved our 13 little darlings to their coop at 4 1/2 weeks old.  They were just too big and smelly to be living in our spare bedroom anymore. I was convinced that I was OK with this. (More for the sake…