How to Catch a Chicken Without Chasing

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I’ve been asked about this quite often. In fact, someone called just the other day seeking an answer on how to catch a bunch of birds that had escaped the coop and were now roosting in barn rafters. There are numerous reasons to want to catch chickens. Wing clipping, medicating, checking for disease, separating the broodies and butchering are a few I can think of right away. But there are often more peculiar and urgent … Continue reading

What’s Up With the Blog?

gardeners300.jpgI ask myself that question from time to time, mostly, when a long time has elapsed since my last post. Trying to stay topic specific is one of the culprits behind the absence. There is only so much to discuss if the focus is kept in the narrow parameters of livestock & garden. Realizing this, has changed my outlook once again.

What about all the things that make maintaining this lifestyle challenging for those of us in this age bracket? Of course, there is the physical labor aspect for a woman approaching retirement age. Tilling the garden & mucking out the barn just aren’t happening as quickly or painlessly as before. But, what about financial & health components? Caring for an aging parent? Providing childcare for the grands? Some of these things are joyful and rewarding, but they are all still time, money & energy stealers. I’d like to pose some questions & get some answers on various ways to work around the obstacles in our paths.

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A Straw Bale Hot Bed; Will This Work?

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Building a hot bed is a sensible solution to the problems inherent in our short growing season. It should also save a little money by getting the plants out from under lights inside and into natural light outside. Being short on carpentry skills, I searched for a solution that didn’t require them. Success was just a Google search away. I came across a perfect hot bed made from straw bales. Not hard to accomplish. Mine won’t look quite as professional because … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks Tuesday

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Do you love to find a new, easier, more productive way to accomplish a task or get more bang for your buck? I’m a fan of easy, time and money saving tips. Each Tuesday, I’ll share what works for me, for others or something I read in an old Mother Earth News. This post also a feature on the Farming in My Fifties Facebook page. Feel free to share any tips you have either place.   … Continue reading

Tips & Tricks Tuesday

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Do you love to find a new, easier, more productive way to accomplish a task or get more bang for your buck? I’m a fan of easy, time and money saving tips. Each Tuesday, I’ll share what works for me, for others or something I read in an old Mother Earth News. This post also a feature on the new Farming in My Fifties Facebook page. Feel free to share any tips you have either place. … Continue reading