Product Review: Egg Cooker

When I saw the egg cooker at Aldi’s in their product aisle, I bought it as a half-joke. After all, I had at any given moment 100+ eggs in my fridge due to prolific chickens and the fact that working from home to take care of my mom decimated my egg customers. I...
Hatch-A-Long Update & Final Totals

Hatch-A-Long Update & Final Totals

Every year the Backyard Chickens Forum has an Easter Hatch-A-Long, where we all set eggs designed to hatch on Easter. Well mine came about 4 days early, starting to hatch on Wednesday.  Here are my numbers. Set 26 eggs Hatched 19 chicks Of the rest, 2 were infertile,...

Rural Internet Review: Exede Satellite Internet

Those who don’t live in the rural areas don’t fully understand rural internet or the limited options that those of us country-dwellers have. In fact, I’ve never lived so far out of town before that I didn’t have the usual internet options:...

From Parrots to Poultry

As I listen to my parrots in the living room, I am reminded that I’ve always had an affinity for feathered creatures. At one time I had a bird room where I bred zebra finches and parrotlets and I was involved extensively in the pet bird market selling my own...

The Quail Dilemma

I want cortunix quail. More importantly I want caledon layers, since they are the ones who lay blue eggs. (I’m on a mission to make as much of the poultry as possible lay blue/green/non-standard egg colors.) However, after sending 8 roosters to “freezer...
What’s Next With Food Happens?

What’s Next With Food Happens?

You may have noticed that there haven’t been many new episodes of Food Happens lately, so I wanted to give you an update on where the podcast stands right now. First of all, Food Happens will NOT be going away. I do plan on resuming at some time in the future....

The Role of Temperament In Livestock Breeding

This is a blog from my Patreon. To see it sooner, become a patron. One of the things that I have firmly believed back from my days of working on horse farms is that when it comes to livestock, we must breed for temperament. I see this a lot in certain horse breeds,...

Homestead Wrap Up for February

One of the recurring themes for us here on the homestead is that I finally feel like I’m making forward progress and living the homestead the way I want to. So, without further ado, here is the process that we made on the homestead in February: Sending the extra...