When I first became interested in prepping and homesteading, I read everything I could find on the subject of food storage. There is so much information out there on this subject. I became overwhelmed before I even got started. I am not a big fan of the food storage lists you see all over the internet because every family’s needs and situation are so different. Over time, I have developed a common sense approach to food storage that makes sense for our family.
Oh my Goodness, ya’ll! Look what we got in the mail! There’s nothing more exciting than welcoming baby chicks to the homestead! I am just in love! We were so pleased and very pleasantly surprised at how well these baby chicks did after two days in the mail. They are perfect! Every one of them is happy, healthy and adorable! We highly recommend McMurray Hatchery if you are considering ordering chicks through the mail. This was our first time ordering chicks through the mail and I would do it again in a second. Continue reading to learn what breeds we got and how we are caring for them.
Thyme is an essential culinary and medicinal herb in my household. There are many different varieties including lemon thyme as well as dwarf and creeping varieties.
Avian influenza, or bird flu, has been in news a lot lately. Sadly, chickens that contract this disease will die. Avian influenza spreads very quickly. Wild birds coming into contact with domestic birds is one way the disease is spreading. Extremely tight biosecurity is critical to keeping a flock alive.
You may be wondering why we chose to homestead in Tennessee, instead of here in Florida, where we’ve lived most of our lives. Let’s talk about our top considerations when choosing land for our homestead.
One of our top considerations when choosing land for our homestead, like many wannabe homesteaders, was cost. Here in SW Florida, the cost of living is sky high. And so is the cost of land! We would have had to save for many more years just to come up with enough money for a down payment on land in Florida, and even then we probably only would have been able to get a quarter acre or so, and our mortgage payments would have been huge, requiring us both to work off the property full time. In Tennessee, we were able to buy almost 6 acres, with a very low down payment, and very low monthly mortgage payments. One of us may have to work off the property at first, but our goal of being able to support ourselves mostly from the homestead will be much more achievable.