Category Archives: Homesteading

Rabbits at the Homestead — Goal or Dream?

I once remember hearing Dr. Phil say something along the lines of, “The only difference between dreams and goals is timeline.” In the case of the Wittekind homestead, that sentiment definitely holds true, so I’ve decided to set goals rather … Continue reading

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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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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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Canning Projects at the Homestead

Surprisingly, this summer has provided several opportunities to get more proficient with my canning skills.  And I’m stunned by the value of one purchase that’s made it all go so much easier. I believe it was last winter when my … Continue reading

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At the Wittekind Homestead: Update for 02/05/13

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a homestead update, and even though we’ve been dealing with the gloom of winter in Indiana, there’s plenty to do! Despite the fact that we’re a quarter of the way into year four at … Continue reading

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13Skills.com — Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Back in November, Jack Spirko over at The Survival Podcast started hatching this brilliant idea.  He asked his listeners to undertake a challenge; pick 13 skills to improve or master in 2013, and track goals and progress on a purpose-built … Continue reading

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A New Take on a Homemade Chicken Feeder

Fred and I are pretty proud of ourselves.  We’ve been using a cheap, plastic chicken feeder in our chicken coop since we put the chickens outside last spring.  We just weren’t managing to find something that was small enough to … Continue reading

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