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…

Do Chickens Need Light at Night to Lay Eggs? [and Do Chicks?]

Do Chickens Need Light at Night to Lay Eggs? [and Do Chicks?]

Many new chicken owners take on a small flock of hens, thinking that chicken-keeping is a doddle. But then realize that their newly-introduced poultry is much pickier than they thought! That’s because chickens need a few home comforts to keep…

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…

Can You Eat a Rooster? Are Male Chickens Edible?

Can You Eat a Rooster? Are Male Chickens Edible?

Chicken meat is a healthy and classic family (and farm) staple! But rooster meat has a reputation for being inedible, chewy, bland, and not worth eating. Is that true? Can you eat a rooster? Or not? The confusion between chicken…

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…

My Favorite Chicken Coops from Tractor Supply

My Favorite Chicken Coops from Tractor Supply

Along with the fruits and vegetables you raise in your garden, you also raise livestock that depends upon you for a safe environment. If you love chickens, in particular, you will need to find the best protective shelter for them…

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!…