Category Archives: Homesteading

Side Hustle Thoughts for 2019

After our experience with homestead turkeys this fall, I’m more determined than ever to increase homestead productivity.  Before Christmas, I had a fantastic meeting with a CPA friend, and now that I’m no longer suffering from the plague that got … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned Raising Homestead Turkeys

2018 was the year of the turkey at the homestead, and it occurred to me that I never shared a “lessons learned” post on the blog.  In sharing, I hope to encourage others who’re thinking of taking the plunge.  I … Continue reading

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Non-GMO Pasture-Raised Turkeys for Sale

Since we’re about halfway through the homestead turkeys project, it’s time to start selling some turkeys! After all, who doesn’t want a delicious, locally grown, non-GMO fed, pastured raised turkey? Are you hungry yet? What Makes Our Turkeys Special? The … Continue reading

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Turkey Tales: 9 Weeks Old Now

Time flies when you’re having fun as a homestead turkey farmer! It seems like it was just yesterday that we went to the post office to retrieve our 25 turkey poults! So much has happened over these last nine weeks … Continue reading

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Product Review: K&H Poultry Waterer

The K&H 2.5 Gallon Poultry Waterer is definitely the best poultry waterer we’ve used to date here at the homestead! So far, it’s working beautifully in the brooder, and I predict many seasons of use from this product. We’ve used … Continue reading

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Turkey Tales: Poults at the Homestead

For years now, we’ve been wanting to raise turkeys at the homestead. We didn’t have the infrastructure, so we kept putting it off. After a fantastic work weekend with a friend from Tennessee though, we had ourselves a hoop coop, … Continue reading

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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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