Raising pastured pigs can be a fantastic way to put some meat on the table, and even have some product to sell your local community. But raising pigs isn’t right for every homestead. Should you raise pastured pigs on your homestead? What will it cost you to raise pastured pork? How much work are pigs? Continue reading We are talking pigs!→
Raising Meat Chickens
Host: Austin Martin “Homesteady Live“ Audio in player below!
Should you raise meat chickens on your homestead?
Chickens are commonly called the “Gateway Animal”, and so it makes sense that Chickens are a great way to get started with raising your own meat. But raising meat birds is not the same as raising egg laying chickens. When the goal of raising your chickens is to put meat in the freezer, you need to consider the breeds, feed, and equipment that you will need to get your birds from the pasture to the plate. Continue reading Raising Meat Chickens→
Standing on the edge of summer it’s easy to look off the cliff and see into the dark dismal valley of winter. I hate winter. Still, the holidays that come along with it make it bearable. Then of course there is hunting. I am no seasoned hunter though I am so prepared for this season it’s crazy. Hunting, to me, is about a culmination of skills and having a reason to practice those skills in real this me with a real opponent. Hunting is about filling a freezer with good clean meat not raised in factory farms. Hunting is a Continue reading Hunting, more than a sport!→
Should I be raising chickens?
Host: Lynna “A Preppers Path”
Chickens, the egg before the hen or the hen before the egg? An age ole question and at this stage of the game does it matter? Chickens lay eggs and eggs turn into chickens, both are good tasting and nutritious and are the key to the show “Chickens to be or not to be” on the Other Side of a Preppers Path. In a short series of shows we will travel down the path of raising chickens. Our first installment is aptly titled “ To be or not to be, should I be raising chickens?” Continue reading Should I be raising chickens?→
With the cost of eggs and chicken in the stores, and the uncertainty of exactly where they came from or what they have been fed, I’d like to start raising my own chickens. But unlike gardening, I know very little about chickens. I know barbecue wings with ranch dressing make a great snack. And I know that I don’t like my yolks runny. Beyond that, I’m clueless. I have so many questions. What breed is best for egg layers? What breed is best for meat? What is the best method for raising them…free range or a coop? How well do the chicken tractors work? Are there any foods that a chicken shouldn’t eat? How do you take care of them in the winter? I could do some research online and maybe get some answers. But I’d prefer to hear from someone with first-hand experience. Continue reading Chickens, raising your own!→
Quail: The low-key source of eggs and meat with no land required!
Raising Quail with guest, Autumnprepper
Host: Renée “The Homestead Honey Hour”
Square foot gardening, vertical gardening, container gardening, edible landscaping and other innovative horticultural, techniques have made raising at least part of one’s own food achievable for many people. However, when it comes to having a sustainable protein source (beyond beans), the urban and suburban prepper / homesteader is often at a disadvantage. City dwellers or those in the ‘burbs may find they have restrictive zoning and/or a lack of land working against them when it comes to keeping a few laying hens or other livestock. But there is a solution. You just have to think outside the box. . . and smaller: Enter the Quail. Continue reading Raising Quail with guest, Autumnprepper→
The Homestead Hog!
Host: Renée aka Michigansnowpony
It’s easier than you think to raise your own pork!
If you have the space and your zoning allows it, you might want to consider raising a couple of pigs. Not only will you have the most delicious hams, chops, and bacon you can imagine, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing exactly what your pigs were fed and how they were treated. While most of today’s pork is raised in unhealthy, confinement factory farms, yours will be a quality AND humanely raised meat. Plus, if you home butcher and cure, you can avoid the nitrates which predominate in commercially smoked and cured pork products today. Continue reading The Homestead Hog!→
On this episode of “Survival Medicine with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy” Joe Alton, M.D., the Disaster Doctor aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy of doomandbloom.net welcome David Kobler, star of the wildly popular Southern Prepper 1 youtube channel. An army veteran of the Iraq conflict, David goes into detail about what you need to do to stay safe in times of trouble. Also, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss the first laboratory grown hamburger meat. Will Burger Lab replace Burger King? Listen to this show in player below!
After the SHTF, where will you get your meat? Well, fortunately for us, many parts of the states are getting overrun with hogs… yes, that’s right; big, filthy, nasty, tasty hogs.
Join us Monday, July 1 for The Gun Show, as we talk with members of the SHWAT Team. That’s right, SHWAT… This isn’t some half-assed translation by Siri, I actually mean it. Special Hogs Weapons And Tactics. Apparently tactics are needed to hunt bacon on legs, and we’ve got just the experts lined up to talk about it. Perhaps they’ll shed some light on how to react to an ambush or break contact. After all, these pigs get huge and aggressive. Join us at 4PM PST, 7PM EST and don’t miss out on some free training from top guys in the industry.
The MrsVilfie of The Homestead Honey Hour discusses our most natural resource for food and why to remember where it came from and to be thankful that it is there.
When we harvest an animal…be it from the wild or something we have raised. We give THANKS…Thanks to the creator and thanks to the animal for providing us with nourishment. WHY? Because for too long we have been removed from the process of WHERE our nourishment comes from. Too many people grab meat from the counter and don’t think twice, that it used to be an animal…living and breathing, breeding, feeding it’s young. They just look at the price tag, pop it in their cart and move on. But when we Pray over an animal and thank it for its life and thank God for allowing us to have it. WE are called barbarians. So how does killing an animal for food lead to my reverence and respect for life? Because when I raise it, feed it, love it, kill it and cook it…I have completed MY part in the circle of life! When you hear the words…the circle (or cycle) of life…what does it mean to you?
With the cost of eggs and chicken in the stores, and the uncertainty of exactly where they came from or what they have been fed, I’d like to start raising my own chickens. But unlike gardening, I know very little about chickens. I know barbecue wings with ranch dressing make a great snack. And I know that I don’t like my yolks runny. Beyond that, I’m clueless. I have so many questions. What breed is best for egg layers? What breed is best for meat? What is the best method for raising them…free range or a coop? How well do the chicken tractors work? Are there any foods that a chicken shouldn’t eat? How do you take care of them in the winter? I could do some research online and maybe get some answers. But I’d prefer to hear from someone with first-hand experience.
Well, help has arrived! To get questions to these answers and many more, I have enlisted the help of Paul Wheaton. Many of you may know Paul from his extensive list of YouTube videos about rocket stoves. Here is his channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/paulwheaton12 others may know him from his permaculture forum… http://www.permies.com/ where they discuss everything from vermicomposting, greenhouses, hugelkultur, to rocket mass heaters and chickens. Paul has years of experience in raising chickens of many breeds, and has a wealth of knowledge that should be of benefit to anyone considering raising their own chickens. Join us on this edition of “Preparing to Provide” for what promises to be a very informative and entertaining discussion about all things pertaining to chickens.