We're kicking off deer fly and mosquito season around here, so I thought I'd take a minute to share some tips for deer fly control to help you keep biting flies away. (See Natural Mosquito Repellents That Work and Natural Tick Control for more on those biting insects.) [Read more…]
Rabbits are a great animal for a small homestead because they take up very little space, make no noise and won't disturb neighbors. There are many breeds of rabbits to choose from, and the choices can be overwhelming. To make it easier to choose the best rabbit breeds for the small homestead, I like to put them into three categories. We'll also discuss basic rabbit care, and some interesting rabbit facts.
Are meat rabbits easy to raise? Yes! Raising rabbits for meat requires just a few basic supplies and routine care. Meat rabbits are an excellent animal to teach you about a life of animal husbandry. According to RabbitBreeders.us, a single commercial doe can produce offspring to yield 300 # of meat per year! Rabbits have excellent feed conversion rates, low startup costs, healthy meat and don't require much space. We'll walk you through rabbit hutches, watering and feeding, which breeds make the best meat rabbits and basic rabbit care. Let's get started! [Read more…]
These are our recommended brightest, affordable, single battery AA, AAA, 18650, keychain and handheld spotlight flashlights. They are great for a every day carry in a pocket, purse, glove compartment, backpack, first aid kit, or any situation where you need a small, affordable, very bright LED flashlight. These are the brightest flashlight for each type and size of battery. [Read more…]
Living in the country has its benefits – lower cost per acre, fewer regulations and more freedom. But with those benefits comes a distinct disadvantage – slow or no rural internet options. Fast rural internet can be like looking for a unicorn, but for the homesteading commuter, farmer or rural entrepreneur, high speed rural internet access can be a necessity.