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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Want to Raise Your Own Chickens? Here's What...
Ready to raise your own chickens on your small farm for delicious eggs, meat, or just for pets? Everything you need to know to raise and keep chickens on your small farm or homestead is right here.
How to Raise Happy, Healthy Baby Chickens
Want to raise baby chicks on your small farm or homestead? Learn how to take care of and raise happy chickens.
Will My Chickens Lay Eggs Without a Rooster?
I'll give you the scoop on roosters and hens. The short answer: you don't need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs. But, there's more to it than that.
Where to Buy Baby Chicks for Your Small Farm
Ready to place your order for baby chicks for your small farm or homestead? Here's a list of the best places to order baby chicks, turkeys, ducks, geese, keets, and other poultry online.
5 Places to Buy Honey Bees Online
Bees for sale! Are you a beginning beekeeper who needs to buy package bees or nucs? Learn how and where to order honey bees online.
How to Design and Build a Movable Chicken Coop
Learn how to build a simple chicken tractor or movable coop for your laying hens' needs. What are the essential elements of a design?
10 Tips to Help You Build a Chicken Coop
Considering building your own chicken coop? These tips will help you create a chicken coop that will last for many years and keep your laying hens safe and happy.
How to Make Your Own Chicken or Poultry Feed
Move toward greater self-sufficiency when you make your own chicken or other poultry feed on your small farm or homestead. This will get you started toward a custom mix that meets your needs for chicken feed and keeps your hens healthy.
How to Gather, Clean, and Store Chicken Eggs
Are your chickens laying so many eggs you don't know what to do with them? Learn how to properly collect, clean and store your laying hens' eggs.
What Coop is Right for Your Chickens?
Ready to bring those baby chicks home, but need to build or buy them a chicken coop before they feather in? Never fear. I will help you figure out what you need to know so you can give your chicks a healthy, durable home.
A DIY Brooder for Happy Baby Chicks
A DIY brooder setup for your chicks is one of the simplest ways to save money while raising chickens. Get some ideas for what to use for a safe, comfortable brooder - including heat lamps, waterers and feeders, bedding and temperature monitoring.
How to Raise Your Own Turkeys
Learn how to raise heritage or standard turkeys from day-old poults into delicious birds for the table - or as pets. From feeding and watering to how to range them, you'll find out everything you need to know about raising turkeys.
Before You Build Raised Beds
Before you build raised beds, learn why you might want to use them, how many to build, what size to make them, what material to use, and what plants grow well in them.
How to Clean Farm Fresh Chicken Eggs
Learn all about how to clean your chicken eggs so that they are safe and healthy for eating and selling to consumers.
The Important Difference Between Meat Birds and...
Ready to raise your own chickens for meat? Learn everything you need to know about how to raise meat birds from fluffy chicks to slaughtering and processing time.
What to Do When Bringing Home New Baby Chicks
Raising baby chicks doesn't have to inspire fear - with this guide you will get your baby chicks off to a great start.
Want to Be a Backyard Beekeeper?
If you're ready to start beekeeping, you've come to the right place. Learn how to set up your hive, when to harvest the honey, and what supplies you really need to keep honeybees.
5 Ways to Make Nest Boxes Appealling to Hens
Do your chickens lay their eggs everywhere but in the nest boxes? These tips will have you collecting fresh, clean eggs out of the nest boxes in no time.
6 Essential Tips to Starting a Small Farm...
You may want to start a small farm business and be wondering where to begin. Let me guide you step by step through the process of starting your small farm business.
How to Design Your Small Farm
How to design a small farm or homestead. Planning the first year on your small farm. Deciding what animals to keep, what crops and vegetables to plant, and how to arrange buildings and gardens. Making a plan for the future.
How to Start a Chicken Broiler Business
Learn how to sell chickens on your small farm - start a great, profitable and fun chicken broiler business.
What to Do (and Not Do) with a Broody Hen
If you want to hatch chicks naturally with a broody hen from your own flock, these tips will help you maximize your success.
How to Hatch Chicks Naturally
You don't always need an incubator to hatch chicken eggs. Some hens take to the task of hatching baby chicks naturally, going broody on a clutch of eggs that you or she collects.
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Healthy...
With these handy tips, your laying hens will be happy and warm all winter long.
How to Find Funding for Your Small Farm Startup
Looking for grants or money to start your small farm? Look no further; we've gathered the best resources for you to find the grants you need.
What to Do if Your Chickens Are Eating Their Eggs
Have a problem with egg eating among your laying hens? Learn these crucial tips to stop your chickens from eating their own eggs. Your investment in those hens will pay off with fresh, delicious eggs that you get to eat instead of your hens!
How to Make Fizzy Kombucha
Take delicious homemade kombucha and add carbonation, fizziness and flavors like raspberry, elderberry, ginger, lemon-ginger and more.
The Beginner's Guide to Choosing Chicken Breeds
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12 Animals That Prey on Backyard Chickens
It seems that more animals are after chickens and poultry than any other farm animal - so learn what predators put your chickens at risk and how to best protect them.
6 Common Poultry Health Problems (and How to...
Keeping a small laying flock of chickens is fairly easy, but not entirely free of problems. Here you will learn about the common problems you may encounter with chickens on your small farm or homestead.
Prepare Your Soil
Learn how to prepare your soil for planting: tillage methods from conventional to no-till to reduced tillage will be discussed. Whether you have a homestead, a tiny hobby farm or a small-scale farm, you'll find the right method for tilling your soil here.
Tips and Tricks for Selling Produce at the...
Learn how to sell your small farm's produce, meat, eggs, dairy and poultry at the farmers market. What are the best strategies for success?
Top Tips for a Successful Home Garden
Wondering how much to plant on your small farm to feed your family? Is 5 tomato plants enough, or would 15 be better? Get started planning your garden so that you have fresh, delicious produce for your family all year.
The Easy Way to Maintain a Clean-Smelling...
The deep litter method of litter management is used to keep chickens healthy and happy in their coop on small farms and homesteads. Laying hens are particularly suited for this method of litter management.
7 Essential Tools for Raising Baby Chicks
This list of supplies you'll need for your baby chicks will get them off to a great start.
10 Things to Know About Keeping Backyard Chickens
Many people successfully live in the city or suburbs and have a small flock of laying hens. These tips will keep your neighbors happy and avoid fines.
Chicken Basics: How to Maintain a Happy Flock
Learn the basics of how to keep up with your flock of laying hens or meat chickens. Collecting eggs, refilling feed and water, and maintaining a clean chicken coop.
How to Feed Goats
Proper goat nutrition is key to keeping healthy, happy goats on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Learn all the basics of feeding goats properly.
Chicken Coop Requirements
These are the basic considerations for building your own chicken coop.
Which Type of Chicken is Best for Your Farm or...
Once you've decided to keep chickens, you need to pick from over a hundred possible chicken breeds to find the one that is right for your farm or homestead's needs. This handy list will help you pick a dual-purpose breed that is a good fit.
Grow Great Garlic
Ever wondered: hardneck or softneck? How do I grow garlic? Can I sell it profitably as a crop on my small farm? Find out the answers to all your garlic growing questions.
Is Your Property Ready for Farming?
Preparing your land for crops, pasture, or animals is critical to success as a small farmer. With the proper preparation, veggies and animals will thrive and flourish. If you skimp here, you may end up with more maintenance later on – repairing downed fences, desperately weeding an overgrown garden, or scrambling to get water to animals in the winter. So take the time to learn a bit about what’s needed to prepare your land. You’ll find it’s well worth the time and effort up front.
How to Raise Turkeys from Poults
Learn how to raise healthy, happy turkeys from day-old poults (baby turkeys).
How to Predator Proof Your Chicken Coop
Keep your chickens safe from predators like weasels, raccoons, and even neighborhood dogs, in a predator-proof chicken coop.
How to Give Your Hens Fresh Pasture All The Time
Why keep your lovely hens confined to a coop and fixed run, when they can roam over fresh green grass and eat bugs and grubs to their hearts' content? Learn about the options for pasturing poultry, especially chickens, on the small farm or homestead.
10 Things to Know Before Starting a Hobby Farm
These tips will get you started on your hobby farm.
How to House and Fence Goats
Learn the basics of providing shelter and fencing for your small farm goat operation. Whether you're raising meat goats or dairy, you'll learn how to keep your herd safe from predators and your property safe from them.
How to Build a Raised Bed - Build and Fill a...
Now that you've got your raised bed built and ready, it's time to start thinking about how to fill it - how much soil and what type. Page 4.
Housing and Fencing Turkeys
Learn how to build a great turkey house, turkey coop, or movable turkey shelter, and how to fence turkeys to protect them from predators.
What to Do With a Broody Hen
Laying hens in small farm chicken flocks can sometimes go broody, sitting on eggs for days or weeks, even if the eggs are not fertilized. Learn what to do to encourage or discourage broodiness in your laying flock.
Should You Keep Bees?
Learn what you need to consider when deciding whether to keep bees in the city, country, on a small farm or homestead.
How to Choose Meat Goat Breeds
Learn how to choose the best breeds of goats to raise for meat production on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
Types of Beehives - Langstroth Versus Top-Bar...
Can't decide which type of hive is best for your backyard beekeeping operation? We'll demystify the types of beehives and help you figure it out.
The Beginner's Guide to Making Maple Syrup
Do you have some sugar maples, or even just one maple tree, on your land? Then you can make maple syrup. I'll give you the rundown on equipment and the sugaring process so you can get started.
How to Slaughter Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat. Page 2.
What to Do if Chicken Eggs Freeze in the Coop
If it's wintertime, your chicken eggs might have frozen. Can you still use them?
How to Raise Meat Goats
Wondering whether raising meat goats is right for your small farm, homestead or hobby farm? Learn the basics of raising goats for meat to help you decide.
How to Water Your Chickens
Learn about the different types of chicken waterers and how to water your chickens or laying flock on the small farm or homestead. Keep water from freezing in winter and keep your hens' water clean and fresh.
Types of Commercial Chicken or Poultry Feed
Learn about the different types of poultry and chicken feed and when to use which one: chick starter, broiler rations, layer pellets and more.
How to Write a Small Farm Business Plan
Overwhelmed at the thought of writing your small farm business plan? Not sure where to start? Learn the basic components to a small farm business plan so you can start writing one for your farm. Take it one step at a time!
How to Feed Your Chickens
What do chickens eat? What kind of chicken feed do I need to get for them? What table scraps can they eat? If you're a small farmer or homesteader just getting started with keeping chickens, this will help you feed them right.
Want to Raise Goats? Read This First
If you know how to raise goats, they can make a great addition to the small farm or homestead. The basics are here to help you get started.
How to Raise Sheep
Raising sheep and lambs can be intimidating when you don't know where to begin. Learn the basics here so you can have happy, healthy ewes, rams and lambs.
Supplies You Need for Keeping Chickens
Chickens don't need much to keep them happy and healthy. Learn what you need to buy to get started keeping chickens.
The Top 10 Books for Wanna-Be Farmers
This list of recommended books for small farms and homesteads makes a great start to your library.
How to Keep Your Hens Laying All Winter Long
It's getting chilly outside. But that doesn't have to mean frozen combs and wattles, painful toes, and unhappy hens. Keeping chickens happy through the winter just takes a little bit of extra attention.
How to Start an Egg Business
Learn how to start an egg business on your small farm.
How to Buy a Goat
Learn how to buy a goat or goats for your herd on the small farm, homestead, or hobby farm. Getting started with keeping goats begins with getting your first goat!
Beekeeping Tasks by Season
Learn what you need to do to keep your bees healthy and happy through the seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter beekeeping tasks.
Keep Healthy Chicks From the Box to the Brooder...
Before your chicks arrive in the mail, make sure you have all the supplies you will need for them.
Where to Buy Turkey Poults
Ready to place your order for turkey poults for your small farm or homestead? Here's a list of the best places to order turkey poults online.
The 7 Essential Parts of a DIY Beehive
Learn the essential components of a beehive and how to put one together to keep bees. Whether you're a beekeeper in the country or city, you'll need a hive to get started beekeeping.
How to Grow and Harvest Dry Beans
Learn how to grow and harvest dry beans. Covers planting time, spacing, growing notes, pests and problems, maintenance, harvesting, seed saving, storage and preservation.
How to Choose the Right Fencing for Your Small...
An overview of the types of fence and fencing methods most commonly used on small farms today and why you'd choose a particular type of fence. Includes maintenance procedures for each option.
Light in the Chicken Coop
If winter has come and with it, egg production of your laying hens has slowed or stopped, learn how a supplemental lighting program can induce laying again.
Feed Your Bees
Learn how, when and why to feed - and not feed - your honey bees.
How to Raise Dairy Goats for Milk
Learn the basics of keeping dairy goats for milk on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm. Is keeping milk goats right for you?
How to Buy Land for a Homestead or Small Farm
Ready to buy land for your dream homestead, small farm, or hobby farm? Learn how to find the land that is right for you.
How to Sell Chicken Eggs
Learn how to sell your homegrown, pastured chicken eggs from your small farm or homestead.
Buying Bees - Ordering Package Bees
Are you a beginning beekeeper who needs bees? Learn how and where to order honey bees online.
How to Choose Animals and Crops to Raise on...
Pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, emu - it all seems overwhelming! How can you decide what you want to raise on your farm?
Pick a Management Method for Your Chickens
When it comes to housing your chickens, you have several different options for containment - everything from allowing them to range or roam freely, to having them contained within movable electric net fencing, to a traditional coop and run.
How to Feed and Water Turkeys
If you're raising turkeys, figure out what are the best feeders and waterers are and what feed to use to get the biggest, healthiest turkeys.
Should You Raise Chickens?
Wondering whether laying hens or chickens are the right choice for your small farm or homestead? Learn what's involved and what you should consider as you make your decision.
How to Build a Root Cellar
Building a root cellar doesn't have to involve a backhoe. Learn some simple ways to store vegetables and crops for winter, and some guidelines for going big and digging one out of the earth.
Should You Raise Turkeys?
If you're thinking about raising turkeys on your small farm or homestead, you might want to read this first and find out whether raising and keeping a flock of turkeys - whether for meat, to breed, or both - is right for you.
Know Your Soil
Learn about the different soil types, how to tell what type of soil you have, and the basics of how to amend your soil to produce delicious, high yields of your crops.
Feeding Bees Sugar Syrup and Sugar Candy
It can sometimes be necessary to feed bees sugar syrup or sugar candy. Here is a collection of sugar syrup and sugar candy recipes for your honey bees.
Plan the First Year on Your Small Farm
You know where you want to end up in one year, or five years - with a successful small farm. How do you get there? I'll help you take your dreams and make them reality.
5 Must-Have Beekeeping Supplies for Beginners
Learn the five most critical beekeeping supplies for the beginning hobby or small-farm beekeeper.
How to Grow Blueberries
Instructions and tips teach you how to grow blueberries on your small farm or homestead.
How to Requeen a Honey Bee Hive
Next it's time to install the new queen bee in the cage, in the beehive.
How to Keep Your Goats Healthy
Keeping your goats happy and healthy is key to success as a goat farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer. Learn how to know when they're sick and how to keep them from getting sick in the first place.
How to Market Your Small Farm Products
If you're wondering where and how to market your small farm products, find out the best places: the farmers market, direct farm sales, community supported agriculture or CSA shares, and the Internet.
How Bees Make Honey
Learn how honeybees take nectar and make it into sweet, delicious honey.
Step by Step Guide to Home Brewing Kombucha
Learn how to home brew kombucha, a healthful fermented tea made with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast called a scoby.
Best Small Farm Magazines
A collection of some of the best magazines about small farming, homesteading and self-sufficiency out there.
Types of Feeders for Beekeeping
All the information you need about the various types of feeders for your beehive and the pros and cons of each one.
How to Build Raised Beds
A complete guide to building your own raised beds for small farming, homesteading and hobby farming intensive growing methods.
How to Choose Turkey Breeds
Trying to decide what breed of turkey to raise on your small farm? Learn the most common heritage breeds and the pros and cons of each one to help you choose.
Preventing Turkey Problems and Diseases
Learn how to prevent and treat problems and diseases in your turkey flock - including protecting them from predators.
Beekeeping Supplies
Here's a list of what you'll need to get started beekeeping!
How to Set Up and Move Electric Net Fencing
Learn how to set up and move electric net fencing on your small farm or homestead without getting it into a tangled mess!
How to Prepare the Soil for Growing Garlic
Learn how to prepare the soil to grow the biggest, best, most tasty garlic ever on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
Beekeeping for Beginners
If you're starting a beehive this year and you're a beginner, learn what you need for a successful beekeeping operation.
How to Slaughter and Process Turkeys on the...
Learn the steps so you can slaughter and process your own heritage turkeys on your small farm or homestead, whether for your small farm business or just for the Thanksgiving table.
Beekeeping Supplies for Sale
Find out where to buy the beekeeping supplies you need for your new honey bees!
Set Goals for Your Small Farm or Homestead
Not sure if you're in this to create a market garden, if you're trying to become self-sufficient, or if you're simply hobby farming for pleasure? Ask yourself these essential questions and figure out your overarching goals for your small farm.
Woven Wire Fence on the Farm
Learn about woven wire fencing, a good choice for many types of livestock on the small farm.
Definition of Pullet
What kind of chicken is a pullet, exactly?
7 Easy-to-Grow Plants for Beginning Farmers
If you're just beginning your small farm or homestead, try these 7 easy-to-grow plants.
New Hampshire Red Chicken - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of New Hampshire Reds, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.
Rhode Island Red Chicken - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of Rhode Islands, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.
How to Build or Buy a High Tunnel
A high tunnel, or unheated greenhouse, is a great way to expand your small farm to the shoulder seasons and to grow warm-climate crops such as tomatoes in northern climates. Learn why you might want to invest in a high tunnel and how to build or buy one.
How to Start a Small Farm
Is it time to make your dream a reality and start a small farm? These are the basic steps to follow to start farming, whether you're beginning this season or in five years.
Definition of Brooder
What do people mean when they say you need a chick brooder for your new chicks?
Top 10 Tips for Raising Goats
These tips will help you raise goats on your small farm more easily, efficiently, and enjoyably.
How to Choose Dairy Goat Breeds
Ready to start milking goats on your small farm? Learn how to pick a dairy goat breed that meets your farming, homesteading, and hobby farming needs.
Protect Bees and Beehives from Bears
Bears can seriously damage or totally destroy a beehive. Learn how to keep your honey bees safe from these large predators who happen to love to eat honey and bee brood.
5 Easy Animals to Raise on the Small Farm
Wondering what are the five easiest animals for the beginning small farmer, homesteader or hobby farmer? Here are my choices.
Top 5 Cover Crops for the Small Farm or Homestead
Learn about five of the best cover crops you can pick for your small farm or homestead: how to grow them, when to plant them, and more.
How to Sell Farm Products to Food Distributors
Selling your small farm products directly to food distributors can be a great way to sell in volume and to expand your small farm markets.
How to Maintain Your Farm Property
Your animals are all settled in, your garden is producing well, and you’re already thinking about next season’s improvements. But of course, you still need to maintain what you already have. With a little bit of attention and care, you can keep your farm infrastructure well-maintained and functioning smoothly.
Should I Farm?
It's often the first question people ask when considering starting a farm. But how to begin to answer it? I'll give you somewhere to get started.
How to Keep Farm Records
Learn what farm records you need to keep and why: income tax returns, monitoring progress, meeting your small farm business plan, and allowing you to get small farm loans and grants.
Speckled Sussex Chicken - Breed Profile
Learn all about the Speckled Sussex, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.
Top 10 Tips for the Beginning Homesteader
Learn from those who have done it before and get some tips for starting your own homesteading adventure.
8 Common Diseases in Goats
Preventing goat diseases by keeping your goats healthy is definitely the first line of defense. You should also know about these when buying a goat.
How to Combine Two Beehives
In beekeeping it is sometimes necessary to combine hives. Learn when and why to combine colonies or hives, and how to combine beehives in the right way.
Alternative and Specialty Crops and Value-Added...
There are many alternative and specialty crops and value-added products you can grow on your small farm. This article lists some possibilities to get you started brainstorming what will work for your farm business.
Types of Honey Bees
Don't know whether to get Italian, Carniolan, or Russian honey bees? This is a guide to types of bees for the beginning beekeeper.
Orpington Chicken - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of Orpingtons, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.
How to Inspect a Honey Bee Hive
Tips and tricks for finding eggs during your beehive inspection. Page 11.
Supplements to Commercial Chicken or Poultry Feed
When you feed chickens a commercial chicken feed, you will probably still want to include treats or other supplements - such as oyster shells for calcium - they may need.
Tools for Fencing on the Farm
These are the basic tools you will need for putting up fencing on your small farm or homestead.
How to Choose Pig Breeds
Learn how to pick a heritage breed of pig to raise on your small farm.
Cover Crop - Hairy Vetch
Learn when and how to plant hairy vetch as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.
Electric Net Fencing
Electric net fencing is a popular choice to keep poultry and sheep contained on the farm. Learn the pros and cons and decide for yourself whether electric net fencing is right for your management method.
What Animals Should I Raise?
If you're just starting your small farm or homestead, figure out what animal breeds - from chickens to goats - are a good fit for your goals and plans.
Seed Suppliers and Seed Catalogs for Small...
Learn where to buy the best seeds and garden supplies for your small farm and homestead. Use this list of seed suppliers and seed catalogs for your farm and garden planning.
How to Buy a Hobby Farm
Learn what factors to consider when you buy your hobby farm.
Freedom Ranger Hatchery Review - Baby Chicks...
A review of Freedom Ranger Hatchery, which provides meat birds aka broilers that free range and pasture well.
Cover Crop - Sorghum-Sudangrass
Learn when and how to plant Sorghum-Sudangrass as a cover crop on your small farm or homestead.
How to Become a Farm Caretaker
Farm caretakers live on a farm in exchange for watching over its operations. Learn whether farm caretaking is the right choice for you.
Plymouth Rock Chicken - Breed Profile
Learn all about why to choose one chicken breed over another with this breed profile of Plymouth Rocks, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.
Definition of Queen Bee
What's a queen bee? Small Farms.
How to Grow Microgreens on the Small Farm
Microgreens are a tasty, nutritious addition to salads and meals, and high-end restaurants and chefs use them to top dishes with extra bursts of flavor. It's easy to grow microgreens and this article will tell you how to do it whether it's on a home or small farm scale.
Cover Crop Basics
Cover crops are a great way to add fertility, suppress weeds, and fill a niche in your small farm crop rotation. Learn when, how and why to plant them, and which ones to choose for your needs.
What is a Warré Hive?
Learn about the Warré hive, which is a type of beehive used in natural, foundationless beekeeping.
How to Sell Small Farm Products Online
Learn the basics for how to take your small farm to the web and sell products - produce, value-added goods, and anything your farm crates - online.

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