Homestead UpdateEpisode 87  – Homestead Update and Listener Tips

In this homestead update Marianne and I discuss chickens, irrigation, garden pests, listener sustainable living tips and much more.

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Episode 71 Health, Chicken, Meditation, and Podcasts We Like.

On Being Sick and Home Remedies.

We, Jenise and Marianne, both were sick and it took us a long time to find a date to record this December 2016 update. When we had the time, one, or both of us, didn’t have a voice. Oh well, it is the time of the year when so many people are sneezing, coughing and talking funny.  Both of us don’t like to take medication much and opted out of the pills and potions widely advertised during the winter month. Instead, we turned to a variety of home remedies with pretty good results.  Continue reading

Episode 43

Karen Johnston on Becoming a Heritage Chicken Breeder

What is a heritage chicken? Why it is a good idea to keep a heritage breed flock? How to find the right bird for you? How and why would a backyard chicken owner want to breed them? These are just a few of the topics Karen and I are exploring in this interview. When I asked Karen to be a guest on our show, I had a general idea that it is important to have different breeds of chicken available, but also thought that a willy nilly reproducing backyard flock is equally good. Boy, was I wrong!

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Chickens are near and dear to our hearts.  Both Marianne and I are raising our own.  But I’m a newbie and Marianne has been doing it for a while.

In this episode we discuss getting started with backyard chickens.  What does it take? What’s the time and cost commitment?  We answer a few of these questions. But chickens are a big topic, so we reserve the right to explore it further in future episodes