Post Archives from the ‘The Homestead’ Category

Amish in Missouri

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by

Missouri Share The Road Amish Area Roadsign
Clark Missouri Produce Auction House

Clark Missouri Produce Auction House

I live right in the middle of one of the largest populations of Amish, and not city slicker Amish either. The Amish here are mostly farmers with a few operating Continue reading the story "Amish in Missouri"

The Broody Hen Scoop

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by

Broody HenSince our flock is a mix of heritage breeds we frequently have a hen go broody. I initially encouraged broodiness but the hens that went broody didn't stay dedicated to family life and abandoned their eggs before it was time. So I decided it wasn't worth the effort and incubated the eggs myself for years. [caption Continue reading the story "The Broody Hen Scoop"

Website & Mission

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by

Buff Orpington Mother Hen Why do I have a website? That is the question I will answer in this post. While this will not be the most interesting post I want those who read my blog and visit my website to know the mission. Embden Goose, GooseyThe main purpose Continue reading the story "Website & Mission"

Working Living Fence Project

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by

Future Living Fence

Future Living Fence

515 Osage Orange Trees from Musser Forest

515 Osage Orange Trees from Musser Forest

I have been fascinated by living fences my entire life. Growing up in southern Missouri and Kansas there were plenty of Osage Orange or as Continue reading the story "Working Living Fence Project"

White Oak Quail Tractor

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by

This post is several months behind.

  My wife came across some Coturnix quail chicks while at Rutledge Flea Market. Just four chicks but enough to give Coturnix Quail Chicksquail a try. We have since hatched 24 quail from eggs given to us by our neighbor. With all these quail we needed a good home for them. Continue reading the story "White Oak Quail Tractor"

Lewis Family Farm Poultry Division

Posted on: May 19th, 2014 by
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After experiencing record sales the Poultry division on Lewis Family Farm has been slated for expansion. We are adding more birds, more breeds and more chicken tractors. We will be establishing new breeding populations of Guineas, Midget White Turkeys, Barred Rock chickens, RhodeMuscovy Duck Island Red chickens, Silky chickens, Araucana chickens, Coturnix Quail, and Embden Continue reading the story "Lewis Family Farm Poultry Division"

Ultimate PVC Chicken Tractor Questions Answered

Posted on: May 11th, 2014 by

I think the majority of the traffic to my website has been from my Youtube video of my Ultimate PVC Chicken Tractor. I will answer many of the most common questions and concerns I receive about this chicken tractor. Ultimate PVC Chicken Tractor Back GapQuestion #1:Won't snakes, weasels, Badgers, Raccoons, and other chicken eating critters get in Continue reading the story "Ultimate PVC Chicken Tractor Questions Answered"

Chicken Tractor Good Design Practices

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by

Ultimate PVC Chicken Tractor   I have built many different styles of PVC chicken tractors. I am all for improving existing designs as well as making new innovations. If you are building a custom tractor out of PVC or even other materials I am going to share design ideas that are worth incorporating into your model. [caption id="attachment_812" align="alignright" Continue reading the story "Chicken Tractor Good Design Practices"

Biodiesel/SVO Enabled

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by
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Treasure, 120 gallons of oil.

Treasure, 120 gallons of oil.

Due to my close surveillance of the local Craigslists I happened upon an ad for free used vegetable fryer oil. The small restaurant owner had 120 gallons of oil that was supposed to be collected by another individual. For whatever reason the previous used oil Continue reading the story "Biodiesel/SVO Enabled"

Testing the Market

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by
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Front of Original TractorWe kept several chicks last year to grow out and test the market for laying hens this spring. By keeping chicks through the winter they were ready to start laying this spring. We also plan on testing the market for chicks as well. We had good luck last fall, selling all 50+ chicks Continue reading the story "Testing the Market"