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Tractor Supply Chick Days

Tractor Supply Chick Days

Howdy Homestead Dreamers, I hope everyone is doing well! I just wanted to write a quick blog post about our chicken situation…

I was super excited to find out this week that our local Tractor Supply just received their chicks! I had always heard that they had chicks each year, but this year is our year! Our chicken coop is about ready, but we still have a few more things to do such as set up the brooder and pick up some organic chicken feed.

For the brooder I think we are just going to use a box or bin with bedding and a clip-on heat lamp. With the organic chicken feed we lucked out and there is a small family-owned pet store on my way home from work that carries the feed, so I’m going to be swinging by there on my way home from work to pick some up.

I was also happy to see that they have multiple breeds available. We were hoping to get either some Buff Orpingtons or some Black Australorps, and it looks like they may have both! Another great thing about the Chick Days at Tractor supply is that I believe their minimum order is 6, whereas if you buy from an online hatchery, the smallest order that I saw was 15. Being that we can only have 6 hens where we live, this is perfect.

Buff Orpington
Buff Orpingtons
Black Australorp
Black Austtralop – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Australorps_henne.jpg

We will be posting some pictures as soon as we get them, so stay tuned!

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria

Being Prepared on the Homestead: Water

Being Prepared on the Homestead: Water

Homesteading and preparedness go hand in hand, even if you don’t realize it!

I wanted to use this post to share some of the things that I have been thinking about lately as we have been working on pursuing our homesteading dream. The more that we travel down the homestead road, the more I realize how dependent we have become and how unprepared we truly are!

Water

Let’s face it, water is one of the most important resources that we need! With that being said, I do feel as though a lot of people, including us, take it for granted… We don’t think about all that goes into what makes our water clean and drinkable, all we do is turn on the faucet, fill up a glass, and take a drink. What if one day we turn on the faucet and nothing comes out?

We’ve always had a couple of extra gallons of water on hand, but not nearly enough for our family of 5, especially if the water was off for an extended period of time. What about our garden, what our animals? How are they going to get water? We need to think about those things as well.

So lately I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and this is definitely an area that we need to work on ourselves. I think we’ll continue to buy a couple extra gallons of water whenever we are at the store, but that water doesn’t last long in the cheap plastic containers that it comes in. I’ve been scouring Amazon the last couple of days for some ideas and here are some of the products that I’m interested in.

Products

     

As I’m trying to develop our plan for water preparedness, I’m thinking about water storage, water filtration, and water purification. Whichever route we end up taking and whichever products we end up going with, we’ll need to begin to fold this into our routine so that we become comfortable with these alternate methods of getting and using water. Someday it would be great to have a well or a natural spring, but until we get to that point, we’ll need to have alternate backup water plans.

We’d love to hear what you are currently doing in this area, so please leave a comment below!

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria

Great Homesteading Podcasts

Great Homesteading Podcasts

I just wanted to take a moment and share with you the 3 homesteading podcasts that I listen to. These podcasts have provided me with so much knowledge and I wanted to make sure you guys knew they were out there.

Modern Homesteading Podcast

http://smalltownhomestead.com/modern-homesteading-podcast

The Modern Homesteading Podcast is a weekly podcast produced by Harold Thornbro. This was the first homesteading related podcast that I started listening to and I was hooked instantly. Harold has a variety of show formats that he uses ranging from interviews with other homesteaders to Q&A about various homesteading topics.

What I love most about this podcast is that he always reiterates how you don’t need 10 acres to start homesteading, but rather you can start homesteading right where you are today. He practices what he preaches by always giving examples of all the wonderful things he is doing on his 1/10th acre lot in Indiana.

Self-Sufficient Life Podcast

http://www.theselfsufficientlife.com/self-sufficient-life-podcast

The Self-Sufficient Life Podcast is a weekly podcast produced by Tim Young. I eagerly awake for his new episodes to pop into my podcast queue as they are always chalk full of great information. Tim and his wife Liz opted out of the rat race a few years back, started a farming business in Georgia, and have since moved out onto their homestead where this podcast in produced.

The episodes in this podcast were initially interviews that Tim narrates from other homesteaders who have opted out of corporate America and started pursuing their homesteading dreams. His last handful of episodes were about about their personal reasons for starting to homestead, their criteria for their homestead property, why they chose homeschooling, and much more. Definitely a great podcast to listen to, I highly recommend it.

Featured Voices

https://www.peakprosperity.com/featuredvoice

Featured Voices is a weekly podcast produced by Chris Martenson. I can’t recall where I originally discovered this podcast, but I’ve been listening to it for the last couple of months now and it has been an eye-opener. This podcast isn’t directly about homesteading, but provides can’t live without information that homesteaders should be aware of.

In his podcast, Chris interviews extremely knowledgeable people who chat about the environment, economy and energy. The main premise behind this podcast is how to be prepared and how to prosper when these main areas of our world (environment, energy, economy), which are extremely fragile, start to fail. Like I said, it has been an eye-opener and it gets you thinking about topics that you may not have considered as you pursue your homesteading dreams.

So there you have it, those are the top 3 podcasts that I thoroughly enjoy and have gained great knowledge from. I hope you guys can check them out and if you have any podcasts that you recommend, please leave them in the comments below.

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria