Thursday, November 28, 2013

Six Tips For Surviving Winter Emergencies






As we head into the winter season, lets talk about some important events that can make life dangerous or at the least, uncomfortable.  I was never a boy scout, although I was a den mother, but the motto of Be Prepared often comes to mind when thinking about seasonal preparations.   In the winter especially, we can encounter difficult weather related situations where we may wish we were prepared.
It is often the subject of jokes but being prepared for snow storms doesn’t mean standing in line buying milk, bread and toilet paper.  With a little planning, you can have everything you need in house.  Truly being prepared for winter means more than buying these three staples when winter weather approaches
Here is a list of some things that you can think about before winter storms or emergencies occur.
1. Electricity can go out and make you wish for the generator power you now hear starting up all over the neighborhood. The time to buy one of these is during off season sales.  Keep an eye out in early spring, .....
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Weather Prep for Animal Care




In our area winter preparations include preparing for any and all eventualities.   Mid Atlantic weather is unpredictable at best.  We have had early snow storms, mid winter flooding from  rain, and fluctuating temperatures.    Setting up our animal housing for varying conditions  helps us be ready for winter.
Read more about  how we prepare the animals for winter here.....

Thursday, November 21, 2013

25 Handmade gifts under $5

It's that time again!  When we go into near panic mode over all the gifts.  Guess what?  I found 25 handmade goodies all under $5!


Happy Homesteading! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hatching Throughout the Winter & an Outdoor Brooder

As you'll know, I love to hatch- okay, I admit it, I'm a hatch-a-holic!  It's true, I'll cave into the label!  There's something so addicting about bringing those little lives into the world and watching them grow and develop into beautiful birds.  Anyway, as breeders striving for the best birds we can create and getting as close as possible to the Standards of Perfection, a LOT of hatching is required so it's good that I enjoy it. Our challenge has been that my dear husband does not enjoy the dust and dander from having so many chicks inside the house.  Inside the house?  Yep!  That's what he asked, but it's been a necessary "evil" (my evil grin here because I love being able to see the little ones at night) in order to keep them safe and healthy.  Chicks are babies, after all, and they need heat, constant and regular temperatures, clean food and water, and since they haven't yet grown in their feathers, they can't be brooded outside in the winter!  Right?   Check out what he came up with for us to brood all winter outside!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Culling Your Old Laying Hens

 

Click here for a step by step tutorial for How to Butcher a Chicken.

When to Cull Laying Hens

It can be difficult to decide when to cull your older laying hens. Some people like to keep their hens for a few years before culling them from the flock. Other people choose to cull at the onset of the hen’s first molt. Read the rest of this post here!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Creative Home & Garden Hop!

Mary's Dishes & The Creative Home & Garden Hop #15

I love the design on these dishes from my late Mother In Law, Mary.

Join Us on The Creative Home & Garden Hop!

We'd love to see all of the creative things you're doing in your home, garden, and on your homestead!

 

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