When Do Chickens Start Laying Eggs? (And Why They Stop)

When Do Chickens Start Laying Eggs? (And Why They Stop)

Let’s face it, most of us start raising chickens in order to have fresh eggs daily. The question of the day is “when do these freeloaders start paying rent?” If you’ve had your chickens for a couple of months or more and haven’t enjoyed collecting eggs for your morning breakfast, you’re not alone. We have…

The Best Homesteading Books (Is your favorite on the list?)
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The Best Homesteading Books (Is your favorite on the list?)

We’ve picked out the best homesteading books to get you started on your homesteading journey. Our top three all have enough detail to take you from start to finish on many homestead projects, but deliver it in different styles. Our Top Picks for Best Homesteading Books Modern homesteaders range from those creating your off grid…

Ascites in Ducks – Treating Miss Emerald for Water Belly

Ascites in Ducks – Treating Miss Emerald for Water Belly

In fall 2018, we noticed that one of our runner ducks, Miss Emerald, was lethargic and having difficulty breathing. On closer examination, we suspected she had ascites, also known as “water belly”. We made the diagnosis in early October, and treated her over the course of the next several months. Her condition improved, and her…

Practical Gifts for Every Budget (Plus 5 Gift Wrapping Tips)

Practical Gifts for Every Budget (Plus 5 Gift Wrapping Tips)

We’re sharing some of our favorite practical gifts that people will actually use, starting at under $30. To wrap up the post, Laurie shares some tips for dressing up gifts without spending a ton of money. My wife won’t let me buy her jewelry (she rarely wears it anyway), but she does appreciate a gift…