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Top 5 Reasons Why Goats Are Great For the Small Homestead

Top 5 Reasons Why Goats Are Great For the Small Homestead

Goats are odd little creatures.  They love to run, jump, climb, eat things they shouldn’t, and be nosy.  But their quirky little attitudes make them great company on the homestead.  Here’s 5 reasons why they make such amazing small homestead livestock. 1. Goats are Easier to Handle Goats – no matter the breed – are reasonably easy to deal with due to their size.  Our girls all wear dog collars, and whenever we need to lead them somewhere we just…

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Why I Don’t Feed My Chickens (And It’s Ok)

Why I Don’t Feed My Chickens (And It’s Ok)

We have chickens, I know we do. But I forget about them…a lot. Their presence is wanted, as they do many things on our homestead, such as eat bugs that bite and lay eggs. Their happy clucks and crows echo off the hills, and they can be seen doing the chicken waddle thru the yard as they chase after a yummy meal. But I don’t feed them unless there is snow and ice on the ground. I know this sounds…

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3 Things I’ve Learned To Keep Pigs In Electric Fencing

3 Things I’ve Learned To Keep Pigs In Electric Fencing

I’ve been told, on more than one occasion, repeatedly, that it just simply isn’t possible to keep pigs in electric fencing.  That if you want to keep your pig in, you will have to build a pen with a solid bottom they can’t root under and solid walls so they don’t think they can get out. I’m here to tell you that is HOGWASH!! (Haha, pun intended. )  HOWEVER, it is important to note that this concept only works if…

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A Unique Use For Plastic Shopping Bags You’ve Never Thought Of

A Unique Use For Plastic Shopping Bags You’ve Never Thought Of

Homesteading in modern times creates its own challenges. Though it is easier through the use of modern conveniences, often those require creativity.  Electric fencing is one of those conveniences that make it easy to move and keep animals on fresh grass.  Before it’s invention, building fence was a time and labor intensive process.  However, the convenience of the electric fence often has a learning curve, and sometimes isn’t as visible as it should be.