What To Remember This December

What To Remember This December

You may have noticed that I haven’t written a new post in a while. I decided to take this holiday season as a Sabbath from blogging, and the benefits to myself and my family have been significant. But I wanted to pop in and give you a quick word of encouragement for the holiday season, and to share with you some things we need to remember this December. December is probably the busiest time of the year for most of…

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Impacted Crop in Chickens

Impacted Crop in Chickens

A couple months ago something happened here at The Way Homestead that I haven’t written about until now. Life with animals can be unpredictable, and even more so with livestock. Sometimes something happens that’s out of your control, and you lose an animal – or think you might. The day Bijou had an impacted crop was one of those times. Earlier Scare I’ve had chickens for about eight months now, and in that time we’ve had two big scares with…

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Country Christmas: Tablerunner and Pillows

Country Christmas: Tablerunner and Pillows

Today I want to show you how fast and easy it is to sew your own tablerunner and pillow covers! These are a great way to decorate your home for Christmas with very little time, money, and effort. The material can be bought for less than $10, and sewing them only takes around an hour – even if you’re a beginner. They’re so simple, you’ll want to make a set for every holiday! A Frugal Country Christmas In my ruffle-edge…

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How To Make A Rustic Ruffle Edge Tree Skirt

How To Make A Rustic Ruffle Edge Tree Skirt

It’s not quite November yet, but here at The Way Homestead, we have Christmas on the brain! We’ve decided to have a rustic “Country Christmas” this year. I want lots of burlap, plaid, and natural elements. I prefer to save money when I can by making my own decorations, and the main thing I wanted to create was a rustic burlap tree skirt. My in-laws bought us an awesome spinning tree stand years ago, but it’s huge. I’ve never been…

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Broody or Egg Bound Hen?

Broody or Egg Bound Hen?

Life with chickens is never dull – there is always some new behavior to entertain you and keep you guessing! Unfortunately that isn’t always a good thing. Yesterday I noticed that my Barred Rock hen, Pepper, was acting unusually. After a while I started to wonder… did I have a broody or egg bound hen on my hands? Signs of Trouble Pepper was in the nest box when I checked on the chickens yesterday morning, which isn’t unusual. I left…

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How To Make Spaghetti Sauce From Scratch

How To Make Spaghetti Sauce From Scratch

Have you ever wanted to make spaghetti sauce from scratch? Maybe you have a garden overflowing with tomatoes, a friend gifted you a barrel of them, or you got ambitious and bought a box from your food co-op. Now what?! While processing tomatoes is fairly easy, like most things it can be very daunting if you’re just starting out! I’ve been making my own spaghetti sauce for years now. When I was 27, I quite suddenly developed a severe allergy to…

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10 Reasons You Should Get Chickens

10 Reasons You Should Get Chickens

If you’ve ever wondered if you should get chickens, let me help push you over the edge! 😉 There are many benefits to keeping a backyard flock, but here are my top 10 reasons why YOU should get chickens: 10. They’re hilarious to watch If you’ve ever seen a flock of chickens fight over spaghetti or chase after a grasshopper, you know what I mean. They love to play, too. You can buy treat balls, xylophones, and even swings for…

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Chicken Breeds: Which One Is Right For You?

Chicken Breeds: Which One Is Right For You?

When you get serious about wanting chickens, one of the first questions you ask yourself is, “Which breed should I get?” There are hundreds of different chicken breeds, and each one has its pros and cons. As I was researching the different options, I actually made myself a handy breed reference chart! (No I’m not overly Type A, why do you ask?) I decided I’d share the chart with you here, and go over some of the most common chicken…

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Weird Eggs

Weird Eggs

My chickens have only been laying for 2 months, and already I’ve had my share of weird eggs! Odds are you’ve had some weird eggs too, and if not, you most certainly will. Here are some of the most common egg oddities, as well as what they mean and what you may be able to do about them. Fairy Eggs/Fart Eggs/Yolk-less Eggs All three of these terms for weird eggs mean the same thing – generally a very small egg,…

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Keeping Chickens Safe From Predators

Keeping Chickens Safe From Predators

A few nights ago we had a visitor here at The Way Homestead… a whiskered, beady-eyed, egg-stealing visitor! In all reality he was kind of cute, and probably harmless, but I’m not taking the chance. My chickens are too important to me! I know your chickens are important to you too, so let’s tackle a vital subject: keeping your chickens safe from predators. An Early Encounter You might remember that on the very first night we moved our chicks into…

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