Saturday, January 16, 2016

Feeding Chickens

Today's picture shows a Homesteader's Wife out feeding the chickens. The picture is from 1938. I am surprised by the comments this week how satisfied people are in simply buying their food, and the overall lack of interest in sustainability and self sufficiency. I have chickens, and the eggs are unlike anything you can buy in the store. Eating these genuinely organic farm fresh eggs is one of the real treats in my life. Also, we grow all of our own vegetables in a greenhouse year round. We buy our meat but we always buy grass fed, and as much as possible we buy locally produced meat. 


  1. Very neat. You're lucky you live in an area where you can still do all of that. I envy you.

  2. I raise meat sheep, dairy goats and chickens. I recently added two American Guinea Hogs. I started off believing I could benefit people who wanted to know where their food came from but have since learned that the majority of people would rather pay the lower prices at the grocery store than pay a local producer. With regards to vegetables, anyone can grow vegetables -- it doesn't require space at all. Even though I have acreage I have found that I am most successful in using Earth boxes and Garden Towers and growing INSIDE where I don't have to worry about the rabbits, moles, gophers, deer (and free ranging chickens.)However, I'm very happy to have electricity and running water.

  3. PJM I've really enjoyed homestead week. While I have lived in a small town of 15K for the last 20 years or so I spent 3 years in the country when my parents bought a 16 acre spread. That was during my high school years and I remember the time fondly. We raised goats for milk and meat also chickens and hunted wild game. So I am no stranger to the work involved in homesteading.

    The good news is my fiance has horses. We finally found a small hobby farm of 8 acres with an old timber frame barn and several outbuildings and some pasture. I've always raised a small vegetable patch on my city lot but really looking forward to expanding my gardening hobby. I learned gardening and pressure canning from my mother when I was a kid.

    If you spend a little time online you'll discover quite a healthy and growing movement of people tired of the city rat race and looking to get back to the land. And that's a good thing.

  4. I've had so many years of "back to basics" living that should the need arise, I know I can raise, butcher, harvest and store all my food. Not many today can make that claim.
    I would have to befriend a beekeeper, because my adventures in that realm would only make for a comedy of errors. The 1970s were great in that we had icons like John Denver promoting simple lives, and many of us took up the mantle of living with less in a consumer-driven world. I'm proud of that aspect to my life.
    Being on the computer has been both advantageous (instant information) and detrimental (time sucker). I'm looking for more moderation as I move into this new phase of my life (widowed). Life skills matter.
    And I enjoy your blog, even though we don't necessarily agree on politics or religion. :)


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