When Hatching Chicken Eggs Goes Wrong

Oct 29

When Hatching Chicken Eggs Goes Wrong

Over the last 2 days, we’ve been hatching our first Icelandic chickens. We decided to help in the efforts to preserve this amazing and rare breed of landrace chickens, and so we got some eggs from a local breeder, descended directly from one of the six imported lines from Iceland. All was well throughout the incubation period; we only had one loss early on....

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Clan-Based Chicken Breeding for Genetic Diversity

Oct 20

Clan-Based Chicken Breeding for Genetic Diversity

A lot of homesteaders and even suburbanites raise chickens, and don’t much care about genetics. You might simply run down to the farm store and get more chicks if you lose some to disease or predators, or butcher them once they stop laying those fresh eggs. Total sustainability, however, demands that you be able to breed your chickens in a way that keeps your...

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Should You Buy Hatching Eggs on Ebay?

Oct 16

Should You Buy Hatching Eggs on Ebay?

It’s been a few months since I posted here, and it’s been crazy.  As you probably know, we had a horrible wildfire season here this year, and so posting on the blog took a backseat to dealing with that. Then we moved into fall, and with it came the rains. Let’s just say that we’ve been scrambling to get things ready for winter. Part of that...

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Review: The Mini-Farming Bible

Jul 12

Review: The Mini-Farming Bible

One of the best books we’ve read on mini-farming and homesteading is The Mini-Farming Bible, by Brett Markham. It’s just that good.

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How to Make Lavender Oil

Jun 06

How to Make Lavender Oil

Today we’re making lavender oil, which we can use in a host of applications, not the least of which is luxurious baths and scrubs. YUM!

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Graywater Collection for Gardens

Jun 04

Graywater Collection for Gardens

Do you know how much water you can save by recycling your wastewater from sinks, showers, and dishwashers? Here’s how we set up our graywater collection.

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Homesteading: A New Frontier

Jun 01

Homesteading: A New Frontier

Are you new to Montana homesteading? Me too! Let’s learn as we go.

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