Heritage sheep breeds are good choices for small flocks because they are typically hardier and more self-sufficient than many commercial breeds. Unfortunately, many heritage breeds are now rare. Keeping a flock of heritage sheep not only offers the...
If you want to raise your own high-quality eggs and save money, read on to find out what to grow for feed and forage and how to manage your foraging areas.
Raising animals for the purpose of human consumption appears to be something of a moral and ethical dilemma, and here's why: Animals including cattle, sheep, chickens, hogs, geese, ducks, goats, and all others are living, thinking, feeling beings...
Support the future of food production by learning about how large-scale farming is not practical. We will have to develop more efficient and practical means of food production.
The Plymouth White Rock Chicken is an excellent breed for beginning as well as seasoned chicken owners. They are a nice addition to any backyard flock because of their temperament and egg production
Belted Galloways are rare and beautiful. If you have wondered about this breed for your heritage breed farm, or want to know more about these striking "Oreo cookie" cows, read on.
Discover the wonderful world of these amazing goats. They pack a lot of benefits into one small package. Maybe they are right for you!
Biological pest control has advantages compared to chemical control, such as being safer for humans and the environment. It also has disadvantages. Integrated pest management may be useful in some cases.
There is no hard and fast rule about how much water each chicken will drink in a day. One thing is sure: chickens need an ample supply of fresh, clean water available at all times. Their waterer must be clean of dirt and algae build-up,...
To be able to humanely kill a chicken quickly and without causing pain or distress is an important skill for anyone thinking of small scale farming.
Kombu is used in many rich dietary traditions across the world. See why people are raving about this free to forage species of seaweed.
Tempted to take your horse to a cattle sorting event -- but concerned because he's never met a cow face to face? Here is a low-pressure, safe method to introduce your horse to cattle to ensure future sorting and penning fun.
Do you own chickens? If so, you are probably aware of what a rooster spur is. In the photo it shows my head rooster proudly strutting his stuff. Note the spurs sticking out the sides of his legs. Roosters have spurs for protection. They use them to...
Agriculture is often regarded as the human hallmark that allowed for the development of modern technologies. But recent evidence seems to suggest that it was more of a curse than a blessing.
How you approach the horse with the lead rope sets the tone for the rest of the day. Read on to learn more about safe practices and types of lead ropes.
The Dorper Sheep are a recently new breed of sheep in Australia that were developed in South Africa. They are becoming very popular for their meat and their full shedding qualities.
Do you want to get goats? Read this summary of the many different goat breeds to find out which one suits your needs best.
Those on poultry forums know the excruciating question, "If you had to pick one breed what would it be?" After 40 breeds in four years, and I can confidently say it would be these wonderful Basque hens.
These easy, cheap to build waterers save both your back and time and are easy to clean. Our design is shown and list of materials. Self-filling, they make less work and give the chickens fresh water all day long, find out how.
Keeping chickens in your backyard is fun! They are one of the most maintenance-free pets. Their daily requirements mainly consist of feeding and watering. And if you do this they give you a reward, an egg! But to keep your chickens healthy and...
Follow these instructions and you'll know all you need to know to get started raising these amazing egg-layers
Don't Have much space for a large farm with large farm animals? Well, I have gathered information on many species of livestock that are 'smaller' than your average breed, or they are just small in general. The animals include, pygmy goats, Dexter...
From the standard white Leghorn to fancy exotic bantams, chickens offer a wide variety of breed choices for the poultry enthusiast. What type of chicken do you like? Check out my chicken breed guide.
Agriculture is one of the most widespread activities in the world, but it is not uniform throughout.
Factory farming, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), are inhumane and produce unsanitary and polluting conditions.
Cornish Cross chickens were created to provide meat. If you have any questions about how to raise them yourself as meat birds in your own back yard, this guide will certainly answer any questions you may have about the breed.
Neutering or castrating a rooster is known as “caponizing.” This process produces what is called a “capon.” (A castrated horse is a gelding, a castrated male cow is a steer, and a castrated rooster is a capon.) Caponizing used to be a...
The featherless chicken is a strange chicken breed that was created with purely commercial use in mind. As suggested by their name, these chickens don't have a single feather!
With spring already here and Easter only a few weeks away now is a good time to talk about caring for baby chicks. Many people buy chicks for Easter because of the symbolism of new life they represent, but then don’t have a clue what to do with...
The belgian blue is the bovine version of Arnold Schwarzenegger! Also known as the monster cow, individuals of this breed do look like they have undergone some serious steroid use!
Raising Nigerian Dwarf goats for milk has become increasingly popular among small farmers. These little goats are excellent milkers and easier to handle than most breeds.