Two Firsts in One Week After Three Years of Backyard Chickens

I’ve had laying hens here at the homestead for three years now.  In that time, we’ve learned a lot.  Who would have thought that we’d have TWO firsts in one week after all this time though? Last week, we got … Continue reading

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Homemade Fodder System for Chickens — Think Beyond Barley

I wanted to build a homemade fodder system for my homestead laying hens, but I’ve had trouble sourcing barley.  Then it occurred to me.  Chickens eat all kinds of grains and seeds, so why hadn’t I gotten growing? Those of … Continue reading

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Fermenting Feed for the Laying Flock

Last Sunday, I started fermenting a batch of corn for my laying flock.  I’ve never fermented feed for livestock, so this has been an entirely new experience for us.  So far, so good though. This first batch of corn came … Continue reading

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Spring is in the air — someplace else!

The kids had yet another snow day today.  That means that since President’s Day, they’ve had five snow days, and I want to say that there’ve only been days in that same timeframe where there hasn’t been a two-hour delay. … Continue reading

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“Get Better” Soup

This soup is a crowd favorite around here regardless of what’s ailing us.  Whether it’s a cold, the flu, or a nasty stomach bug, this chicken soup is sure to soothe and heal whatever has you feeling lousy. Ingredients: 1 … Continue reading

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A Work In Progress — The Experiment That Is My Life

For the first time in ages, I feel optimistic about a plan to get my health moving in the right direction again.  It seems like I’ve been spinning my wheels — even backsliding — since last summer.  After a visit … Continue reading

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Finally — Eggs at the Homestead

Not long ago, I started to wonder if we’d ever see eggs here at the Wittekind homestead.  After all, we hadn’t programmed a light this winter, so we got our last eggs from the girls around Thanksgiving.  Mother Nature came … Continue reading

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From Rural King’s Blog: Awesome Powdered Laundry Detergent

Last year, Fred sent me a link to a powdered laundry detergent recipe from Rural King’s blog.  At first, I thought, “I’m not interested.  I have a recipe that I like, and I can even use it to make powdered … Continue reading

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Product Review — Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

My dear husband found an amazing deal on a refurbished PC, and he decided to get it for me for Christmas.  The machine came with awesome specs; it even included an operating system (which we promptly replaced with CentOS 7.) … Continue reading

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Chili Done Chernobyl-Style v2.0

I modified my go-to chili recipe so that it’s a bit thinner.  It’s still wicked-hot and very filling, but it won’t mound on your spoon like a glob of peanut butter would.  I think this’ll be the way I start … Continue reading

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