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How to Clean and Store Fresh Eggs

Homesteading

How to Clean and Store Fresh Eggs

The best thing about owning laying hens is getting farm-fresh eggs. There is nothing better than going out to the nesting box to see how many eggs have been laid, collecting them, and bringing them inside. Hens start laying eggs once they reach approximately six months of age. Don't worry about...
Abbagail McRuer Jan 5, 2023
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Start a Homestead

Homesteading

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Start a Homestead

While it’s easy enough to enjoy the thought of one day running your own homestead, pining for that life of self-sufficiency, the truth of the matter is that kind of life can be taxing, and that’s putting it lightly. Things don’t always go the way we planned, and we’re left scratching our heads...
Mike Fitzgerald Jan 2, 2023
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8 Things You Need to Start Raising Chickens

Homesteading

8 Things You Need to Start Raising Chickens

Chickens were the first animals we got when we moved out of suburbia and into the country. They don't call them the "gateway" farm animal for no reason; they're addictive. Once you get one chicken, you'll want more—it's a fierce cycle that inspired us to start our regenerative ranch. If you've ever...
Abbagail McRuer Dec 26, 2022
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Video: How to Start Chicks in the Fall

Homesteading

Video: How to Start Chicks in the Fall

Everybody loves a spring chicken, but at the Newcomb Farm, we start ours in the fall to get more productivity out of our egg-laying chickens using their natural egg-laying patterns. Most chicks won’t start laying eggs until 18 to 20 weeks. That means they are pretty much just farm freeloaders for...
Misty Newcomb Nov 3, 2022
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What You Need to Know About Raising Chicks

Homesteading

What You Need to Know About Raising Chicks

Getting chicks is a super exciting time in anyone's homestead career. It's usually the first animal you get, and it can easily lead to many more; they don't call it the gateway farm animal for no reason. When we first got chicks, we became full-time farmers. So I'm going to run through everything...
Abbagail McRuer Oct 19, 2022
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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Chickens and Ducks

Homesteading

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Chickens and Ducks

One of my absolute favorite things to do in winter is to search for which breeds of chickens and ducks I’ll be investing in for the upcoming year. I enjoy this task so much that it competes with winter activities such as hunting snowshoe hares and ice fishing, which is really saying something. It...
Mike Fitzgerald Oct 13, 2022
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Uses For Sheep’s Wool: A Beginner’s Guide

Homesteading

Uses For Sheep’s Wool: A Beginner’s Guide

When many of us think of sheep wool, we think of yarn and knitting projects. And while spinning wool into yarn to then make into cozy clothes and accessories is certainly an excellent use for your sheep fleeces, it’s not the only project to consider come shearing time. Below you’ll find the basic...
Kitty Galloway Oct 6, 2022
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10 Must-Have Items for Homesteaders

Homesteading

10 Must-Have Items for Homesteaders

There’s a sincere beauty in the variability of every individual homestead. Each one is located in a unique area, and that comes with its own environmental elements and challenges as well. While I don’t have to worry about the threat of a black bear ripping down fences, or a crippling October...
Mike Fitzgerald Sep 9, 2022
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