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How to Butcher Chickens for Meat

How to Butcher Chickens for Meat


Last week, I told you the 4 steps for raising chickens for meat. Today, I want to show you exactly how to butcher chickens for meat. It is advisable to butcher meat birds between 6 and 8 weeks of age. *Please note, there will be pictures of dead chickens below. So if you are squeamish or anti-killing farm animals, then…

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How to Raise Chickens for Meat

How to Raise Chickens for Meat


As a homesteader, it has been a dream of mine to raise chickens for meat. 1) We eat a lot of chicken in our home. 2) It’s my favorite meat to cook because it is so versatile. 3) I know that store-bought chickens do not live the best lives: they often live in small dirty cages and have no access…

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How to Grow a Pineapple

How to Grow a Pineapple


Have you ever wondered how to grow a pineapple? I have! And it’s funny, because when I tell people I’m growing 4 pineapples from other pineapples, they think 1) I’m nuts, and 2) they tell me that they honestly thought pineapple grew in trees! Nope! Growing a pineapple is not as hard as one may think! Let me teach you…

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Easy DIY Tick Spray

Easy DIY Tick Spray


Ticks are my arch nemesis on my homestead. The four of us have been bitten several times. Our dogs get them all the time (even with monthly flea and tick medicine).  It seems like ticks are multiplying around here, even though we keep up with yard maintenance, debris removal, free-ranging chickens, etc. Read how I help combat ticks on my…

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Reusable Tissues

How to Make Reusable Tissues


A few weeks ago, I explained why and how my family switched to family cloth: yep, the reusable toilet paper. As detailed in that post, I have A LOT of family cloth squares. I cut approximately 200-250 7” x 7” squares. Obviously, that is a lot of squares, so I have found another purpose for a few of them: reusable…

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Easy DIY Beeswax Wrap

Easy DIY Beeswax Wrap


I am actively transitioning my home into a plastic-free home. I’ve swapped plastic straws for stainless steel, copper and glass. I’ve begun using reusable grocery bags. My Tupperware was replaced with glass bowls. I threw out all of my plastic cooking utensils. Even sandwich baggies have been replaced with reusable, washable sandwich baggies. Plastic wrap is one of the last…

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