Ep 70: Finding balance on the homestead, from farming with kids to entrepreneurship with Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead
Kelsey is back on the podcast for a fun heart-to-heart with Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead, one of the foremost homesteading websites since 2010. Jill is a powerhouse in the homesteading community, sharing her love of living off the land with all her readers and listeners. Her practical and authentic teaching style and storytelling have won the hearts of hundreds of thousands of homesteaders across social media and through the top-ranked Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast and the best-selling Prairie Homestead Cookbook.
One of the worst feelings as a chicken owner is when you have a sick bird and you are at a loss on how to help them. An impacted crop in a chicken can be a death sentence if you don’t have the right knowledge or tools to fix the issue. Here on Green Willow Homestead, we’ve had two hens who have suffered from an impacted crop. Thanks to the encouraging words from an avian vet, some YouTube research, and my own grit - we were able to save one of the two through operating on them ourselves. In this post, I want to teach you about what an impacted crop is, the options you have to fix it, and how to successfully perform surgery on your hen in order to save her life.
Today on the podcast we have on the queen of the coop herself - Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily. Lisa has been raising chickens naturally for over a decade on her Fresh Eggs Daily Blog and shares with us all about how you can get started with your first backyard flock. We love her down-to-earth advice on using herbs and natural means to care for your hens.
If you are a seasoned chicken owner and wondering what to do with all those excess eggs then Lisa's new cookbook The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook is full of delicious and fun recipes for you. Not to mention it's 45% off right now. This cookbook has become a staple in my kitchen and I especially love that the index offers recipes by the amount of eggs you have on hand! My personal favorite is the Boston Creme Pie recipe. That pie turns out beyond delicious and incredibly decadent.
Lisa was and continues to be so generous with her knowledge and insight on chicken care - be sure to tune in
Breeding your dairy goats is the first step towards your farm or homestead’s first batch of fresh, healthy, raw goat's milk. But what many beginner goat owners don’t realize is you have to learn how to detect when your goat is in heat before you breed her. With most goats, the window for their standing heat cycle is 12-24 hours, and to the untrained eye, it can be extremely challenging to know when that window of time has happened! In this blog post, I will share with you all the tips and tricks on how to know when your goat is in heat so you can breed your goats successfully.
Keeping chickens and goats together on your homestead or small farm is absolutely possible as long as you follow a few important rules and implement a few tricks. We’ve kept chickens and goats together successfully for the last two years inside our barn and I’ve learned some vital lessons along the way. In this blog post, you will learn everything you need to know when keeping goats and chickens together as well as what mistakes to avoid!
Through the hubbub of holiday shopping I like to keep it simple here at Green Willow Homestead - today through November 30th at midnight enjoy up to 35% off!
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If you live in an area that gets blasted with snow and cold temperatures during the winter months, then your chickens are definitely going to need the extra nutritional boost only supplements can give.
Every winter on our farm in Wisconsin, I give a handful of high quality, natural supplements to my hens. In this post, I am going to share with you why you should consider supplementation during the winter months for your chickens, which supplements I recommend, and the benefits they provide for your flock.
In this post, I’m going to share with you the DIY Coop Refresher Recipe I created to cut down on ammonia in my chicken coop that's 60% cheaper! If you’ve gotten started with chickens, chances are you have become all too familiar with the stinky smell of ammonia in your chicken coop. Ammonia is bad news not just for your nostrils, but for your hen’s health and egg production too.
Sweet PDZ Coop Refresher is an organic certified powder you can sprinkle under your chickens’ roost and around the coop to naturally keep the smell of ammonia down. While it absolutely works wonders, it’s incredibly overpriced.
Putting together a baby registry and shopping for your soon-to-be little one can feel so overwhelming, especially when you want baby items that are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Researching baby gear, checking up on whether baby products are sustainably-made, and then going through all the reviews to make sure they are high quality and meet expectations is a heck of a lot of work. I know because I just went through it with our first baby!
Let me say that all of these sustainable baby registry items we have researched and used extensively so you don't have to worry. My hope is this eco-friendly, minimalist, and non-toxic baby registry list will save you hours of time and many headaches.
Installing an automatic heated livestock watering system in our barn for our farm and homestead has been one of the biggest game-changers in reducing labor effort, maintaining cleanliness, and, most importantly, combating Old Man Winter’s relentless effort to freeze everything in sight through our cold Wisconsin months. In this post, we will cover absolutely everything you need to know on how to build and install your own automatic heated livestock watering system for your barn - including plumbing supplies, heating elements, and step-by-step instructions for installing the automatic watering system.
Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to composting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we turn the 80 acres we call home into a farm that serves its community and a homestead that nourishes us throughout the seasons.
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