Category: Animals

How Many Eggs Will My Backyard Chickens Lay?

How Many Eggs Will My Backyard Chickens Lay?

As backyard chickens become more and more popular, a question I hear a lot is “how many eggs do you get?” or “how many eggs will my backyard chicken lay?” The answer is: “it depends.” I know, I know, not very exciting. Most people greet this answer with an annoyed sigh. So let me elaborate. How Many Eggs Will My Backyard Chicken Lay? The short answer is = on average, each chicken will lay between 150 and 250 per year. The long answer is = it takes the average chicken 16 hours of sunlight for a single egg to be […]

20 Must Haves For Your Equine First Aid Kit

20 Must Haves For Your Equine First Aid Kit

Horses are often a common animal on a homestead – whether as a pet or recreational animal or as a plow-puller or form of transportation. A first aid kit is a necessity on any farm and is often something you should have handy before you need it. Build a kit for both the barn, and the trailer if you have one, so you’ll always have what you need, when you need it. The list I’ve compiled below I made with caring for the horses in mind, but many of these can be used for humans and other livestock as well. Add a […]

35 Essential Chicken Terms You Need To Know

35 Essential Chicken Terms You Need To Know

If you’re like me and just getting started in your chicken loving adventures, it’s important to know some essential chicken terms. Before we walk the walk, we need to learn how to talk the talk. Here are the top 35 essential chicken terms you need to know to get started: 1.Bantam A petite breed, about ¼ of the size of a regular chicken. 2.Biddy Another term for chick or baby chicken. 3. Broiler A chicken bred for its meat. Usually broilers are processed between 9-12 weeks and weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 pounds. 4. Brooder (box) A heated enclosure for raising […]

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

Throughout the Winter, and into the Spring, if you have a wood burning fireplace, you have to clear out the ash to make room for new wood. If you’re anything like me, however, you know things on the Homestead often have multiple purposes. What’s the old saying? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Finding a second life for your wood ash covers all three ‘R’s. Sign up for our newsletter

Top 12 Heritage Chicken Breeds

Top 12 Heritage Chicken Breeds

What is a Heritage Chicken? A heritage chicken is one that is bred from a line that existed prior to the mid-20th century. The American Poultry Association keeps a close eye on breeding. According to the APA, a heritage chicken is only one that is hatched from a heritage chicken that is sired by an APA standard-bred Chicken. The APA began cataloging different breeds in 1873 in their Standard of Perfection. Sign up for our newsletter