American Chicken Breeds, Prep Your Property for Emergencies, and Much More!

Turning Poop into Paper; How to Change a Tractor Tire Valve Stem; Solar Dyeing Wool and More!

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Countryside & Small Stock Journal July/August 2018 issue is NOW AVAILABLE! Subscribe today and gain knowledge on American chicken breeds.

“This issue of Countryside goes beyond the popular takes on history in America and brings it to you homestead-style. Not all historical accomplishments necessarily make the high school history book, but that doesn’t negate their importance. Look at our backyards today. Those Barred Rocks, Buckeyes, and Wyandottes wouldn’t be some of the most popular and useful chickens today, without the hard work of men and women in this country creating useful breeds that work well with our climates.”

— Pam Freeman, Editor

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In this Issue:

Classic American Chicken Breeds — Consider adding some truly American chicken breeds to your flock. These breeds are the backbone of a hardy, productive flock. They are good egg layers with high levels of production. By Pam Freeman

Prepping Your Property for Emergencies — It’s great that people have found their little slice of the countryside or the secluded homestead of their dreams, but many of these properties are poorly set up to accept the help of a modern fire department. By Jeremy Chartier

Turning Poop Into Paper: A Homestead Business — Why on Earth would you make paper out of farm feces? Turns out there are a lot of reasons. Typically, with normal paper which comes from trees, the trees are cut and chemicals are added to separate the fibers from the tree trunks. By Kenny Coogan



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More Great Stories in this issue:

How to Grow and Use Tangy Tomatillos — Tomatillos have a tangy, slightly herbal flavor and are most often used in salsas and sauces. A tomatillo can be eaten raw, making for a great salad topper or side. Part of the tomato lineage, tomatillos should be grown similarly. By Kenny Coogan



Solar Dyeing Wool with Natural Plant Dyes — Solar dyeing wool with natural dyes is a simple procedure that yields beautiful results. The process is fairly safe so the whole family can enjoy the experiment. When you learn how to make homemade clothing dye, you will enjoy repurposing older garments. By Janet Garman

Protecting Your Bees From Summer’s Heat — How Bees Stay Cool? Bees have a natural instinct to keep their hives at about 95 degrees at all times. During the winter, the bees huddle together in the hive, seal any cracks with propolis, and beat their wings to keep the hive temperature around 95 degrees. By Angi Schneider

Beekeeping in Heat


Don’t Miss These Great Features and More:  

How to Make Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups —Make your own healthy homemade fruit roll-ups with just about any fruit. It’s easy, rewarding and a good lesson in how to dehydrate food. The bonus? The whole family will love them! By Rita Heikenfeld

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

Cattails: A Useful Pond Plant  Cattails are aquatic plants typically found in calm water, especially at the edges of ponds, lakes, marshes, and shorelines. The three to 10-foot tall cattail plant stem grows up from below the surface of the water, producing a sturdy upright stem and slender leaves. By Erin Phillips

How to Change a Tractor Tire Valve Stem — Most modern small farm tractors have tractor tire valve stems that include a metal body. You might think this makes them sturdy and resilient, but they’re not. Being a thin metal part, one well-placed piece of wood is all it takes to shear the stem off, whereas a rubber stem may give, bend, and return to position. By Jeremy Chartier

+ Is Renting Poultry Processing Equipment a Viable Option? — Explore pros and cons. By Doug Ottinger

+ 5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead — Raised for their hides, meat, milk, and wool, sheep are versatile. In addition to providing a local source of food and fiber, small flock owners are looking to support livestock conservation by venturing into raising rare sheep breeds. By Kenny Coogan


+ Ruminant Digestion Explained — Ruminants have a special function in our world’s complex ecosystem. They consume grasses grown in pastures and on rangeland along with fibrous shrubs and weeds, leaves on trees, and crop byproducts that humans cannot use directly in their diets.  By John Hibma

+ Raising the Mulefoot Hog — Traits of the Mulefoot hog include an independence and ability to survive on its own, partly because of its naturally high amount of fat and even the amount of hair on its body, which keeps it warm through winter. A close relative of the wild boar, it basically only needs food and a water supply; even the mothers can have healthy, unassisted births. By Cherie Dawn Haas

+ Poultry Blips From American History — The history of chickens and other domestic species of poultry has long been an integral part of our American history. From the earliest colonists arriving on sailing ships, frontier settlers, and pet chickens at the White House, we as Americans have always loved poultry. By Doug Ottinger


Also In This Issue:

I am Countryside Photo Essay — Returning to Roots

From Countryside Editor Pam Freeman — A Homestead Heritage

Countryside Conversation & Feedback — July/August 2018

Just for Fun

Countryside Bookstore

Almanack 102/4


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.

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