Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

Just What is Going on with the Livestock

First, there were bees and bees were simple.  But then we moved into trying out other livestocks (poultry this year).  I had a plan of getting 12 ducks.  I thought that would give me plenty to deal with and then I would be able to see about growing the operation in future years.  Well, that isn’t exactly as things went.  First, we added on some chickens and a couple more ducks.  Then, the other day my wife returned home from work with some additions.
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A Homestead Update: The Garden is Planted

We seem to be truly out of winter now.  Well, to start out we didn’t really have much of a winter this year, to begin with.   It seems that we just had a cool period around these parts.  I think we had one or two legitimately cold snaps, but not so much with true winter.  In fact, I just had to pull the kale that I planted in October out to make room to plant other seeds.   We have moved past our average last frost and we have even hit the folk wisdom of “Don’t plant until after Good Friday”.
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Guest Article: Why Homesteaders are the Luckiest People on Earth

I’m excited to bring out our very first guest article.  This one is starting on prepping on your homestead.  If you have any thoughts please let me know in the comment section.  Also be sure to check out Dan’s website.

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Just Which Kind of Duck Was It?

Duckling

Happy Easter to All

Happy Easter

Spring Cleaning Week: What to Clean With

Recently Clorox has aired some commercials that asked the question of what is it that does the cleaning in other cleaners.  For the most part, if you have actual soap that tends to do a good job at cleaning, but if you buy a spray bottle full of stuff you won’t know what it is that does the cleaning.  Cleaning products seemed to have escaped from having to put what is in them, so you don’t really know what it is you are spraying all over your home. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Week: Let’s Start Cleaning

It is spring and the weather has started to turn nicer.  Many people will speak of spring cleaning, partly to clear out the old and I’m sure partly because it is once again nice enough to open the windows and air things out plus hanging things on the clothes line.  It is always amazing how much better things can smell after they’ve had some time to dry out in the fresh air and sun.  Plus the home always smells so good after getting some fresh air.
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Pondering Building a Chicken Tractor

As has been mentioned, we ended up getting some chickens.  Now at this point two of the chickens will be moving into the duck yard to be their friends.  This means that I need to come up with a home for 6 more chickens at this point.  The choices seem to be a stationary coop and a mobile tractor.  A stationary coop may be easier to lay out and set up but could lead to a bare patch.  The mobile option would mean fresh grass and no area gets torn up too much.  But the planning must begin.
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