Can You Overfeed Chickens? Yep. Here’s Why!

Can You Overfeed Chickens? Yep. Here’s Why!

When I first considered raising hens on my backyard hobby farm, one benefit rose quickly to the forefront – no more wasting food! Two of my three kids are champion food wasters. Well, the chickens will eat it, soon became a…

What Do Cows Eat (Other Than Grass and Hay)?

What Do Cows Eat (Other Than Grass and Hay)?

If someone asked you, what do cows eat? Your reaction would probably be to sneer and say, well, grass, of course! Everyone knows cows eat grass, but farmers and homesteaders raising cattle for meat, milk, or both know that a cow’s diet is more…

Is Cracked Corn Good for Chickens and Egg Production?

Is Cracked Corn Good for Chickens and Egg Production?

For many years, I only fed my chickens whole or cracked corn. I hoped they were getting all the nutrients needed from the bugs, seeds, fruit, and the surrounding pasture. After a while, however, I noticed my chickens were hardly…

What is a Feeder Pig? And How Do You Raise Them?

What is a Feeder Pig? And How Do You Raise Them?

Are you thinking about raising a feeder pig (or two – or twelve!) on your farm? If so, you’ll need to know a few feeder pig tips to maximize your luck. And no, a feeder pig isn’t just a pig…

The Best Hay for Goats in Their Heyday. Or Any Day!

The Best Hay for Goats in Their Heyday. Or Any Day!

Goats eat everything! Right? Well, my herd of Dwarf Nigerian cross Boer goats doesn’t. Offer them organic lettuce fresh from the garden, and they’ll turn their collective noses up at it. Offer them fresh oat hay, and they won’t even…

How Much Hay to Feed Your Cows In the Winter? This Much!

How Much Hay to Feed Your Cows In the Winter? This Much!

As winter kicks in through the US, cows need extra nutrition! An extra feeding boost helps to you’re your cows warm and fight off the health problems associated with the inclement weather and drop in temperature.  In most parts of…

Raising Sheep vs Goats – Which Is Best for Profits, and Fun?

Raising Sheep vs Goats – Which Is Best for Profits, and Fun?

What are the main differences between raising sheep vs goats? We’re about to brainstorm the subtleties that most homesteaders overlook – including the cost of feed, potential profitability, and other muttony nuances! But first, let me tell you how my…

9 Homemade Treats for Chickens [Super Easy DIY Recipes!]

9 Homemade Treats for Chickens [Super Easy DIY Recipes!]

There’s nothing more appreciative than a chicken at dinner time! One of our favorite games is calling the hens over for treats – the way they sprint to us across the meadow like wild beasts of the Serengeti is adorable!…

Can Chickens Eat Banana Peels?

Can Chickens Eat Banana Peels?

At some point or another – most homesteaders and chicken parents usually ask the following questions. Can chickens eat banana peels? And is it safe for chickens to eat banana peels? Maybe you’re trying to figure out a way to…

Can Chickens Eat Cherries or Are They Poisonous?

Can Chickens Eat Cherries or Are They Poisonous?

It’s guava time over here in South Africa and the soft, squishy fruits are tumbling from the trees with alarming regularity. Personally, I hate guavas, but my chickens are rather partial to them. I was a little concerned that they…

Can Chickens Eat Strawberries or Tops?

Can Chickens Eat Strawberries or Tops?

Chickens have a surprisingly varied diet and will gulp down the most disgusting-looking insects and worms just as happily as they will their normal chicken feed. As chickens enjoy a wide range of different foods, you can easily find tasty…