Countryside & Small Stock Journal January/February 2018 issue is NOW AVAILABLE! Subscribe today and learn why and how you should attract owls to your homestead.
I love birdwatching and I love owls. They are always so rare and such a thrill to see. I’ve been known to go to extremes to see owls! Last winter, I packed my family in the car and drove three hours one way for the chance to see a saw-whet owl. It was a life list addition for me and something I’ll never forget.
With that said, I hope you enjoy our owl cover section. Learn how to identify common species, why owls are helpful on the homestead and why they’re not the chicken predator some think they are.
Beyond owls, this issue is packed full of interesting stories! Learn how to mulch and transition your garden from one season to the next. Understand the history of vinegar and try making apple cider vinegar from scratch. Preserve your family recipes for generations to come. And be safe by keeping a proper first aid kit.
Get inspired with 10 alternate ways to make money and vary your income stream. Learn how to properly set up a bee yard and how to use your raw honey to soothe cold and flu symptoms. Plus take some time to knit a flurries beanie. If you live in an area with poisonous snakes, find out how to diagnose and treat snakebite in livestock. And finally, explore the fascinating history of backyard chickens in America. It’s amazing stuff!
Stay warm and safe out there!
-Pam Freeman, Editor
In this Issue:
Feature Stories of Owls on the Homestead —
+ Why and How You Should Attract Owls to Your Homestead — Explore the benefits of owls on the farm. By Kenny Coogan
+ How to Protect Chickens from Owls — Simple ideas to keep your flock safe. By Pam Freeman
+ An Owl Field Guide — Learn to identify common owls. By Pam Freeman
NEW! Read this issue as a flip book!
More Great Stories in this issue:
+ Garden Transitions — From one season to the next, prepare now for next season. By Angi Schneider
+ Vinegar Basics — Everything you need to know about vinegar. By Rita Heikenfeld & Erin Phillips
+ Create a Family Cookbook — Learn how to preserve treasured recipes and memories. By Erin Phillips
+ A First Aid Kit for Rural Living — Common sense products that can save your life. By Jeremy Chartier
+ 10 Alternative Business Ideas for Your Small Farm — Learn how to expand your income stream. By Kenny Coogan
+ Old-Fashioned Lard Soap Recipes, Then and Now — Take historic recipes and apply them to today. By Marissa Ames
+ Flurries Hat: An Easy Beanie Knitting Project — A colorwork pattern you’re sure to love. By Kathleen Cubley
+ How Honey’s Health Benefits Heal Your Family — Recipes to get you through the cold and flu season. By Angi Schneider
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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.