First of all, I would like to apologize for my absence last week. I had the best of intentions to post a new challenge every week as part of the #SelfRelianceChallenge, but life kinda got in the way. My son (my baby!) got married over the weekend on our little farm, so we had lots …
Everyone that has a homestead should consider raising animals. Raising animals on the homestead greatly raises one’s self reliance. Chickens give you meat and eggs, goats can give you milk and meat. Sheep can give you wool, meat, and even milk.
If utilized properly, these creatures can actually improve the land that you keep them on. Manure is excellent for improving the soil. Chickens will help till the ground and eat bugs.
Just about any animal can be used on the homestead for more than one purpose. Permaculture principles can be used so we are good stewards to the land.
Proper grazing techniques are important as well for your livestock. If you allow your animals to move across the land without overgrazing, this will benefit the land greatly.
Raising animals on the homestead can even improve your garden. I use all types of manure around the farm to make our sandy soil better. And it’s all organic. No artificial fertilizers here!
We believe that everyone should grow their own food. Raising your own meat so you know what goes into the food you eat is especially important. There are so many antibiotics used in commercial farming, you never know what you’re getting in your meat.
We are big into raising animals here at Homegrown Self Reliance. I have always been a huge animal lover, and raising animals just fits with who I am. In this category I will share all the information that I have on successfully raising animals for greater self reliance.
Now that we’ve had the meat chickens for 5 weeks, I wanted to give an update. You can see part 1, with mistakes 1-5, here, and part 3, with mistakes 10-14, here The chickens are quite comfortable in their grow-out brooder. It is still a little tight, but so much better than before! In this …
This week on the farm, we got some meat chickens. And boy, we have already learned so many things NOT to do. The hubby bought some Cornish Cross chicks and a few turkeys while I was at work. Honestly, he’s done that a few times – he texts me and says, come outside, I got …