20 years of researching has led me to the conclusion that you can homestead on truly any size property. You just have to have GREAT organizational skills on smaller properties to streamline what you want to accomplish. Here is a link to homesteading.com and 15 homesteading ideas for your property. https://homesteading.com/homestead-farm-design-ideas/
Have you seen what we have on sale on our homestead this week? We always have animals (or a waiting list available).
Currently we have the following available:
Male Rabbits – Rex and New Zealand/Rex Mixes – $10 each
Coturnix Quail (mix of breeds – Pharoah, Texas, Tibetan, Tuxedo) – $3 each or 10+ are $2.50 each
Chicks (Americauna and barnyard mixes, straight run) $2 each
Misc Ducks – Currently Laying – $10 each (males and females available)
Registered American Nubians (from our registered Male, Declan – at the Neighbors 4 doors down) Doeling – $250, Buckling (intact)- $150, born on 5/23/2016 – See the Craigslist ad: http://prescott.craigslist.org/grd/5705835950.html
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Finding simple ways, to make your products go further is something very important to our family. We have hundreds of animals on our homestead and needed to find a better way of feeding them.
With fodder, we can quadruple our feed output for our animals just by sprouting trays of wheat seed for 8 days and quadrupling the amount of feed we get out of each bag for our animals. A 50 pound bag of seed can yield 200+ pounds of sprouted fodder.
Growing our own wheat fodder (wheatgrass) was an easy way to add additional feed to our animals while saving a bit in our budget.
We have been extremely successful growing wheat, barley and oats (although oats tend to be a bit harder to grow.) You can pick up recleaned wheat, recleaned barley and recleaned oats at your local feed store. We purchase our recleaned wheat from Warren’s in Chino Valley. I have found that their wheat seems to grow best for what I am needing.
Here are the things that you need to get started:
- 8 trays ($1 plastic shoeboxes work for starting. We use both those and heavy duty black planting trays)
- Shelf to hold trays (we have a metal shelf for one set and a PVC homemade shelf or the other set)
- Drill with drill bit to drill holes in bottom of trays
- Water collection bucket
- Pitcher or large jar. (or optional water pump and fixtures)
- Bag of wheat, barley or oats (recleaned are best) optional: additional types of seeds, black oil sunflower seeds or Austrian winter peas.
In order to make a successful system, you need to make sure that the water can flow through each tray and fall to the next tray down in a waterfall effect. The collection tray is at the bottom to collect all of the left over water that you can then recycle into your garden or other plants.
Here is a link to one of our posts on our website: http://krisandlarry.com/2014/12/05/update-on-fodder-our-system-is-working-great-2/
Mother Earth News has a GREAT list of how much fodder that you need to per animal:
- Horse: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; 1.5% body weight in dry hay
- Beef Cow: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; barley straw ration
- Dairy Cow: 3-5 percent of their body weight in fodder; barley straw ration
- Sheep: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; hay ration
- Goat: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; mineral and hay rations
- Dairy Goat: 3-5 percent of their body weight in fodder; mineral and hay rations
- Alpaca: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; hay ration
- Pig: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder
- Rabbit: 3-5 percent of their body weight in fodder; hay ration for roughage
- Chicken: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; grit and calcium supplements
We are hatching little chicks left and right today! I love that sound our of my incubator!!! PEEP!! PEEP!!PEEEEPPP!
We have chicks and quail hatching year round on our homestead.
Ameraucanas and Ameraucana mixes hatching this week. Quail are due this weekend. We have ducks and geese due at the end of November.
We have over 300 eggs in our incubator at any given time and will add more as needed.
Chicks(chicken and quail) are $3 each or 10 or more are $2.50 each.
Ducks are $6 each
Geese and Turkeys are $12 each.
GREAT for eggs or meat!!
We also have a waiting list for spring chickens, ducks, geese, quail, turkeys, Yorkshire pigs, KuneKune pigs, Rabbits, and Nubian (both registered and unregistered) Goats.
Message us to get on our notification list when babies are born.
It is a beautiful October day up here in northern Arizona. A lot has happened in the last month. We have (as a whole family, including my parents and sister and her family) picked up a steer. TBone will fill up our freezer in about 8 months or so. He is a bit thin, so we are “fattening” him up.
Berlyn is continuing to be homeschooled with the other kids. Autism will not stop this handsome guy!
Meet Fern! She is a KuneKune sow to breed with our Wilbur. 3 of the kids joined 4H this season for swine market, swine breeding, rabbits, goats and poultry.
We officially got back the first of the goat’s registrations back from ADGA (American Dairy Goat Assoc.) 4 more to go this season!
We have rabbits for sale.
They are 15 weeks old and full New Zealands.
$15 for does and $10 for bucks – Trio of one buck and 2 does is $35 (save $5)
Bunnies are available on July 6, 8 and 12. New Zealand and New Zealand / Lop mix. $10 for males, $15 for females. Perfect for breeding, pets or meat rabbits.
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Lorna’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 6, 2015. 4 available. New Zealand / Lop Mixes $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
Elinor’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 8, 2015. 9 available. New Zealand $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
Merida’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 12, 2015. 4 available. New Zealand $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
We also have another litter of kits born from Doe: Maude, Buck: Fergus ready to go home in August. They are Lop/New Zealand mixes as well. 5 available. (This litter is not related to any of the above bunnies if you are looking for a breeding trio.