Countryside & Small Stock Journal March/April 2017 issue is NOW AVAILABLE! Subscribe today.
+ Starting Off Right With Chickens — If you plan on raising chickens on your homestead, there are a few things to know before buying baby chicks. Regardless of whether you are a suburban poultry keeper or a seasoned farmer, chickens are a wonderful addition to any homestead. A healthy and productive flock is directly related to the care that they receive. Learn about chicken breeds, chicken coop designs, waterers, feed, and much more!
+How to Keep Your Hens Happy — It’s not rocket science, but knowing a few tricks can help your chickens stay happy and productive. Keeping your hens happy is easy once you know what motivates their behavior. Nearly all of a chicken’s activities are motivated by three basic needs: to get enough to eat, to avoid being eaten, and to make more chickens. Confined chickens often develop a fourth need—to alleviate boredom—that may result when one or more of the three basic needs is not adequately met.
In this Issue:
+ Don’t Wait on Winter Waning— There are several crops you can start today in your garden or field.
+ A Guide to Using Steam Canners — This century-old practice is still effective if you know the fundamentals.
+ Building a Portable Chicken Coop — Step-by-step instructions for building your own chicken tractor.
+ Adding a Metal Roof — When it’s time to replace your roof, metal can often be the most affordable and effective option.
+ Property Site Planning Around the Sun — Knowing which way to build your home or buildings can save you big on energy costs.
+ Let’s Talk About Losing Bees — Beekeepers around the world are experiencing more loss than usual, and it can be hard to talk about.
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Countryside and Small Stock Journal is more than a homesteading magazine, it’s a network where people who are homesteading today share a variety of experiences and ideas about simple homesteading. In every issue, you’ll learn about practical solutions for growing and preserving your own food, raising chickens and small livestock, and managing a thriving homestead in a rural or urban setting.