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Small Farms: Most Popular Articles

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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 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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Chickens Healthy...
With these handy tips, your laying hens will be happy and warm all winter long.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
How to Slaughter Chickens for Meat
Learn how to slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry for meat.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Make Your Own Kombucha
Take delicious homemade kombucha and add carbonation, fizziness and flavors like raspberry, elderberry, ginger, lemon-ginger and more.
Your Guide to Choosing 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.
Must-Know Tips for Housing and Fencing Goats on...
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.
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?
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.
The Beginner's Guide to Choosing Chicken Breeds
Torn between Buff Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds? Wondering just what a
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.
10 Things to Know Before Starting a Hobby Farm
These tips will get you started on your hobby farm.
All about Raising Sheep on a Small Farm
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.
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.
Starting an Egg Business? 8 Things to Consider
Learn how to start an egg business on your small farm.
Get Started Raising Meat Goats: 5 Crucial...
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.
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!
Chicken Coop Requirements
These are the basic considerations for building your own 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Buying Bees - Ordering Package Bees
Are you a beginning beekeeper who needs bees? Learn how and where to order honey bees online.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Build a Raised Bed - Build and Fill a...
Learn, step by step, how to build a raised bed to grow plants in. Grow strawberries, tomatoes, or any vegetable in a raised bed.
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 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!
Raising Turkeys? A Guide to Housing and Fencing...
Learn how to build a great turkey house, turkey coop, or movable turkey shelter and how to fence turkeys to protect them from predators.
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 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.
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.
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.
Watering Chickens: Must-Know Facts and Tips
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.
Best Small Farm Magazines
A collection of some of the best magazines about small farming, homesteading and self-sufficiency out there.
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.
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.
How to Start Homesteading
Start homesteading, right now, even if you live in the city.
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 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?
5 Must-Have Beekeeping Supplies for Beginners
Learn the five most critical beekeeping supplies for the beginning hobby or small-farm beekeeper.
Start Selling Your Chicken Eggs! Here's How.
Learn how to sell your homegrown, pastured chicken eggs from your small farm or homestead.
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 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.
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.
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 Plan Your 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.
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?
Raising Healthy Turkeys from Poults: 6 Things...
Learn how to raise healthy, happy turkeys from day-old poults (baby turkeys).
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.
How to 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 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 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.
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.
Definition of Laying Hen
What is a laying hen? Learn the definition.
3 Types of Root Cellars and How to Build Them
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.
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.
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.
Is it safe to order baby chicks at an online...
Are you wondering if your precious new baby chicks will survive shipping from an online hatchery? I will address common concerns about shipping baby 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 Make Elderberry Tincture
Learn how to make elderberry tincture - perfect for fighting winter viral infections from colds to flu - step by step with this tutorial.
Nest Box - Definition of Nest Box
Wondering what a nest box is? Wonder no more; here's an explanation.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Grow Blueberries
Instructions and tips teach you how to grow blueberries on your small farm or homestead.
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.
Know Your Soil
Learn about the different soil types,how to tell what type of soil you have,and the basics of amending your soil to produce delicious, high-yield crops.
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.
Free Barn and Shed Plans for the Small Farm
Find resources for free and low-cost barn and shed plans perfect for the small farm, homestead and hobby farm. Livestock housing, equipment storage and more.
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.
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.
Keep Healthy Chicks From the Box to the Brooder...
Before your chicks arrive, set up their brooder area and get it up to the right temperature.
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.
Beekeeping Supplies for Sale
Find out where to buy the beekeeping supplies you need for your new honey bees!
Do I Need a Small Farm Business Plan?
Wondering if you need to write a small farm business plan? Find out whether you do and if so, how to write one. Even if you don't have to write one, you'll learn why it might be a good idea to go through the business plan writing process.
Beekeeping Supplies
Here's a list of what you'll need to get started beekeeping!
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.
How to House and Fence Pigs
Learn how to house and fence your pigs properly on your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
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.
How to Grow Onions on the Small Farm
Learn the tips and tricks to grow great onions on your small farm, homestead, or hobby farm.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
A recipe for delicious and healthy elderberry syrup you can make on your small farm or homestead.
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.
How Bees Make Honey
Learn how honeybees take nectar and make it into sweet, delicious honey.
Preventing Turkey Problems and Diseases
Learn how to prevent and treat problems and diseases in your turkey flock - including protecting them from predators.
How to Choose Pig Breeds
Learn how to pick a heritage breed of pig to raise on your small farm.
Feed Your Bees
Learn how, when and why to feed - and not feed - your honey bees.
Definition of Pullet
What kind of chicken is a pullet, exactly?
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.
Why Use a Chicken Tractor on the Small Farm?
Learn about the benefits of chicken tractors and why you might choose one for your small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
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 Start a Hobby Farm
Learn how to realize your dream of having your own hobby farm.
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.
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 Start a CSA
CSA or community supported agriculture programs allow small farm customers to buy shares in a farm's entire season, resulting in a weekly box of produce and farm goods. Learn how to start your own CSA on your small farm.
How to Make Your Own DIY Seed Starting Mix
Learn how to create your own recipe for a seed starting mix for growing your own plants from seed. It is easy to do and will save you money on your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.
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.
Speckled Sussex Chicken - Breed Profile
Learn all about the Speckled Sussex, a dual-purpose chicken for meat and eggs.
Beehive
Learn about what parts make up a beehive, specifically a Langstroth bee hive.
How to Raise Pigs on the Small Farm
Learn everything you need to know about how to raise pigs on the small farm, homestead or hobby farm.
How much wood is in a cord?
: How much wood is in a cord? : Many small farmers heat their homes with wood. It's cost efficient, especially
Woven Wire Fence on the Farm
Learn about woven wire fencing, a good choice for many types of livestock on the small farm.
How to Make a DIY Seed Starting Shelf
Learn how to make your own shelf for starting plants from seed indoors. Handy if you don't have a high tunnel or greenhouse but still need to start lots of plants for your small farm, hobby farm or homestead.
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.
How to Build Raised Beds
A complete guide to building your own raised beds for small farming, homesteading and hobby farming intensive growing methods.
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.
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.
Freedom Ranger Hatchery Review - Baby Chicks...
A review of Freedom Ranger Hatchery, which provides meat birds aka broilers that free range and pasture well.
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.
What is "homesteading"?
: What is "homesteading"? : The term "homesteading" can mean a lot of different things. It used to refer
How to Make Compost Tea
Compost tea is a very helpful addition to the small farm, especially if you're growing organically. Learn how to make it and use it.
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