How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

How to Prepare Turkey Feet for Use in Stock

Give me just two minutes and I can explain. You still here? Good. I was worried I’d scared you off with a few harmless little turkey feet. Okay, big. Big turkey feet. Big turkey feet that somewhat resemble dinosaur feet. I get it. They’re not super pretty and yes, feet are gross. We can agree […]

I’m a Terrible Farmer.

I’m a Terrible Farmer.

Do you ever have conversations with yourself…about yourself? Tell me I’m not the only one. Not that I’m so self-involved…or even that I’m crazy. I’m not. Really. But because we’re in the upswing of gardening season, when there is so much prep work to do, and every single naptime (in fact, every free moment) is […]

The Beauty of Sustainability

The Beauty of Sustainability

“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and find enjoyment in his hard work…” – Ecclesiastes 2:24 It was almost dark and we were still outside tossing large hunks of the rotten Mountain Ash tree that my husband finally cut down for me. It laid the foundation for the final […]

You Have Too Many Animals.

You Have Too Many Animals.

“You have too many animals.” I would venture to guess there are many of you who have heard this one. Am I right? Well, me too. And it’s no big deal. Can’t help but laugh at those t-shirts and memes that proclaim the proud crazy chicken lady with her 1, 5, 12, don’t-judge-me number of […]

Farm Photo Update

Farm Photo Update

Living on a busy hobby farm provides countless beautiful opportunities for great photos. Springtime is especially busy for us this year with all of the new babies surrounding us: pigs, turkeys, rabbits, and chicks. There’s no doubt that spring brings all kinds of new life, whether it be new animals, the buds on the trees, […]

Preventing Rotten Eggs {What NOT to Feed Your Chickens}

Preventing Rotten Eggs {What NOT to Feed Your Chickens}

I’ve been eating farm fresh eggs from backyard chickens since I was a little girl. Anyone who raises their own chickens feels much pride in the daily treasure hunt that is egg gathering. There’s something extra special about them. Egg-stra special, if you will. Totally kidding. But not really. Bottom line is, we chicken rearers […]

Fermenting Chicken Feed: The Easy Way

Fermenting Chicken Feed: The Easy Way

When it comes to doing anything on the homestead, there is always a cost to consider. And when feeding animals, there comes into question not only the cost, but how to do it in a way that is most healthy for both you and the animal. I had been researching fermented feed for quite some […]

Traditional Homestead Quick Tip: Fast Wound Care for Chickens

Traditional Homestead Quick Tip: Fast Wound Care for Chickens

Welcome to today’s Traditional Homestead Quick Tip! These are short and sweet posts where I share with you a homestead tip that I’ve learned along the way, whether it be from my own experience from that of the wise homesteaders before us. Today’s tip involves a very common problem for chicken keepers: picking. You’ve probably […]

Homestead Shortcut: Composting with Chickens

Homestead Shortcut: Composting with Chickens

Homesteading is hard work. But if you’re like me {and you’re a little bit odd}, you kinda like that. There’s a sense of fulfillment that goes along with using your hands and wiping the sweat from your brow. It just feels right. Right? But I must admit, there are times that I look for ways […]

The Daily: New Ducklings, Hugelkultur, Farm Photos, & Update!

The Daily: New Ducklings, Hugelkultur, Farm Photos, & Update!

It’s been far too long since I’ve shared some photos and given an update on what’s going on here at Yellow Birch Hobby Farm. Much has transpired and there is so much to come for us! As we speak, baby ducklings are hatching. We have a Saxony hen who has been sitting for 30+ days […]