How To Start A Backyard Chicken Coop

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Raising chickens in your backyard is a great way to get started rearing animals and providing your own food. Not only do chickens supply you with a plentiful amount of tasty eggs but they also teach you some important skills which you can then use if you choose to raise other animals in the future. In this article I’m going to be running through everything you need to start your own backyard chicken coop.

Sheltering Your Chickens

The first thing you’ll need when starting your backyard chicken coop is somewhere safe and warm for your chickens. There are three main shelter options depending on the age you want to start raising your chickens and I have listed these below.

1) Hatching Chickens

If you want to hatch your own chickens and raise them completely from birth, you’ll need some fertilized eggs and an incubator which can both be purchased online.

2) Chickens Less Than 2 Months Old

If you’re raising young chicks, the best shelter for them is a cardboard box lined with newspaper and pine shavings which you keep warm with a heat lamp. The ideal temperature range for chicks that are this age is 95 degrees Fahrenheit in the first week and then to drop the temperature by 5 degrees Fahrenheit each week until the two months are up.

3) Chickens Older Than 2 Months

If you get chickens that are older than 2 months, you can place them straight in an outdoor chicken coop. There are plenty of different coop designs out there which you can either purchase or build yourself. When choosing your chicken coop, make sure you consider all the factors listed below before making your final decision:

  • Nesting Box: Most chicken coops now come with nesting boxes as they make laying and collecting the eggs much easier. However, it’s worth checking that your chicken coop definitely has one before you buy.
  • Mobility: While mobility isn’t an essential feature of a chicken coop, it does allow you to move your chickens around your yard and ensure that they always have access to fresh grass.
  • Security: Once your chickens start to live outside, they become exposed to a variety of wild animals that can potentially prey on them. Therefore, you need to make sure you purchase a coop that’s fully covered by a wire cage and strong enough to resist potential intruders.
  • Size: Your chickens need space to run around, exercise and get some fresh air. A 4 foot by 8 foot chicken coop will generally provide enough room for up to three chickens to roam around and stay healthy, so use this as a base point and choose a chicken coop that’s large enough for all your chickens.

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Things You Need To Keep Your Backyard Chickens Alive & Well

Once you’ve purchased or built the necessary shelter for your chickens, you need to keep them alive and well. The good news is that chickens are simple creatures and as long as you provide them with adequate amounts of food and water, they’ll stay healthy. The sections below outline how to best provide your chickens with food and water.

1) Food

Chickens can live off standard chicken feed. However, if you want them to lay tasty, full flavored eggs then you should feed them leftover fruit and vegetable scraps as well. This will add a wide range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to their diet and you’ll really notice the difference it makes when you try their eggs.

To provide them with the food, you’ll want to invest in a high quality chicken feeder and make sure you clean it every other day so that the food stays fresh.

2) Water

Like with the food, you’ll want to purchase a good quality chicken watering bucket. Ideally, you’ll want one that’s heated so that the water doesn’t freeze if the temperature drops.

Summary

I hope this article helps you successfully setup your very first backyard chicken coop. If you follow the steps above, you should be rearing happy, healthy chickens and enjoying fresh, tasty eggs in no time at all.

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Alex The Prepper

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5 Herbs You Can Grow At Home

1) Basil

Basil is a tasty herb that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. To grow it indoors, you will need:

  • A pot with drainage holes at the bottom and a dish to catch the water
  • Basil seeds
  • Coarse soil that drains easily

Once you have these three things, simply follow the instructions below to grow your Basil:

  1. Place the pot in a sunny south facing window.
  2. Fill the pot with 3/4 of soil.
  3. Add enough water to mildly dampen the soil.
  4. Sow the seeds a couple of inches apart.
  5. Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil.
  6. Moisten the soil regularly with a plant mister (once every day or every couple of days).
  7. Once Basil leaves start to grow, cut them off and use them as you please.

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2) Chives

Chives are an extremely versatile herb that can be eaten with almost any food. To grow chives indoors, you will need:

  • A pot with drainage holes at the bottom and a dish to catch the water
  • Chive seeds
  • Coarse soil that drains easily

Once you have these three things, simply follow the instructions below to grow your chives:

  1. Place the pot in a sunny south facing window.
  2. Fill the pot with 3/4 of soil.
  3. Add enough water to mildly dampen the soil.
  4. Sow the seeds a couple of inches apart.
  5. Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil.
  6. Moisten the soil regularly with a plant mister (once every day or every couple of days).
  7. Once the chives start to grow, simply trim them and enjoy.

3) Oregano

Oregano has anti-viral and soothing properties and is a great remedy for stomach ache and sore muscles. Unlike Basil and chives which both grow well from seeds, oregano seeds are very unpredictable and it’s much better to grow oregano from a young plant. To grow oregano indoors, you will need:

  • A pot with drainage holes at the bottom and a dish to catch the water
  • A young oregano plant
  • Garden lime
  • High quality potting soil
  • Perlite

Once you have these things, simply follow the instructions below to grow your oregano plant:

  1. Place the pot in a window that provides bright, indirect sunlight.
  2. Pot the oregano plant using the potting soil, a handful of perlite and a pinch of garden lime.
  3. Water the plant thoroughly and firm up the soil to remove air bubbles.
  4. Continue watering the plant once or twice per week, depending on how moist the soil is.
  5. Once the oregano plant starts to bloom, remove the leaves and use them in your cooking.

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4) Peppermint

Peppermint tastes great with soft, dark meats such as duck and lamb. To grow peppermint indoors, you will need:

  • A pot with drainage holes at the bottom and a dish to catch the water
  • Peppermint seeds
  • High quality potting soil

Once you have these three things, simply follow the instructions below to grow your peppermint:

  1. Place the pot in a sunny south facing window.
  2. Fill the pot with 3/4 of potting soil.
  3. Sow the seeds about an inch apart.
  4. Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of soil.
  5. Moisten the soil sparingly with a plant mister (peppermint thrives in relatively dry soil so check the soil for dryness every a couple of times per week and water it accordingly).
  6. Once peppermint leaves start to grow, cut them off and use them as you please.

5) Thyme

Thyme is packed full of antioxidants that support your heart, keep your blood healthy, protect against chronic disease and much more. To grow thyme indoors, you will need:

  • A pot with drainage holes at the bottom and a dish to catch the water
  • Thyme seeds
  • High quality potting soil

Once you have these three things, simply follow the instructions below to grow your thyme:

  1. Place the pot in a sunny south facing window.
  2. Fill the pot with 3/4 of potting soil.
  3. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil.
  4. Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of soil.
  5. Water the soil sparingly once it has dried (thyme grows best in relatively dry soil so check the soil for dryness a couple of times per week and water it accordingly.).
  6. Once thyme leaves start to grow, chop them off and enjoy them with your food.

Summary

I hope this article helps you get started growing your very first herbs. Once you’ve mastered growing the five listed in this article, you can expand your gardening skills, learn to grow all the herbs you need and never have to buy any herbs again.

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Alex The Prepper

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3 Vegetables You Can Grow At Home

iStock_000014975515MediumIf you want to get started with homesteading, becoming self-sufficient and being able to grow all the vegetables you need is an essential skill. However, some vegetables are much easier to grow than others and for the best results, it’s good to start off with something simple. That’s why in this article I’m going to help you do exactly that by listing three simple vegetables that you can grow at home.

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1) Carrots

Carrots are a versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed steamed or boiled with a wide variety of others foods. They’re an extremely good source of vitamin A which boosts your vision and keeps your eyes healthy.

To grow carrots indoors, you will need:

  • A large pot with drainage holes at the bottom and a dish to catch the water
  • Carrot seeds
  • High quality potting soil
  • Garden sand

Once you have these things, just follow the instructions below to start growing your own carrots indoors:

  1. Place the pot in a sunny eastern or western facing window.
  2. Fill the pot with 1/2 potting soil and 1/2 garden send and mix them well.
  3. Make shallow 1/4 inch trenches in the soil which are 2 inches apart from each other.
  4. Place the carrot seeds in the trenches and then gently cover them with the soil.
  5. Use a plant mister to generously mist the top of the soil.
  6. Continue misting the soil every couple of days until the seeds start to sprout.
  7. Once the seeds start to sprout, check the soil every couple of days and if it is dry to touch, water it with a watering can.
  8. Once the carrots are fully grown, harvest them, wash them and enjoy them. 

2) Chili Peppers

Chili peppers are a small colorful vegetable that can give any dish a spicy kick. Not only does the spice in chilies have thermogenic properties and help you burn body fat but chilies are also a fantastic source of capsaicin – a health boosting phytonutrient which acts as an antioxidant, keeps your blood healthy, reduces inflammation and much more.

To grow chilies indoors, you will need:

  • A large plastic pot with drainage holes at the bottom and a dish to catch the water
  • Chili pepper seeds
  • High quality potting soil

Once you have these things, simply follow the steps below to start growing your own chilies indoors:

  1. Place the pot in a sunny southern or western facing window.
  2. Fill the pot with potting soil and leave about an inch of space at the top.
  3. Sow the chili pepper seeds a couple of inches apart.
  4. Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of soil.
  5. Moisten the soil regularly with a plant mister (once every day or every couple of days).
  6. Once the seeds start to sprout, check the soil every couple of days and if it is dry to touch, water it with a watering can.
  7. Once the chilies are fully grown, pick them and start adding them to your meals.

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3) Tomatoes

Tomatoes make a great addition to both sauces and salads. In terms of nutrition, they’re packed full of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K which keep your cells and vital organs healthy, boost your immune system and much more.

To grow tomatoes indoors, you will need:

  • A 5 gallon bucket
  • Tomato seeds
  • High quality potting soil

Once you have these things, simply follow the steps below and start growing your own tomatoes indoors:

  1. Place the bucket in a sunny eastern or southern facing window.
  2. Fill the bucket with potting soil and leave about an inch of space at the top.
  3. Sow the tomato seeds a couple of inches apart.
  4. Cover the tomato seeds with 1/4 inch of soil.
  5. Moisten the soil regularly with a plant mister (once every day or every couple of days).
  6. Once the tomato seeds start to sprout, check the soil every couple of days and if it is dry to touch, water it with a watering can.
  7. Once the tomatoes are fully grown, pick them and start enjoying them.

Summary

The three vegetables listed in this article are a great starting point on the road to self-sufficiency. Once you can grow all three, you can then experiment with growing other vegetables and before you know it, you’ll be able to grow all the vegetables you personally need.

 

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Alex the Prepper

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Things To Consider Before Getting Started Homesteading

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Homesteading is a positive lifestyle choice with lots of benefits. However, if you decide to embark on this journey towards self-sufficiency, there are a number of things you need to consider before getting started. In this article I’m going to ask you some of the key questions you need to consider before you begin homesteading.

1) What Are Your Ultimate Homesteading Goals?

Homesteading is not a rigid term or way of life and means different things to different people. Homesteading can be a way to support nature and the environment, a path to a more simplistic lifestyle, a way to save money, an escape from urban life or much more. So before you get started on your homesteading journey, clearly define exactly what you want to get out of homesteading and determine which homesteading principles are most important to you.

2) Do You Want To Transition To Homesteading Gradually Or Rapidly?

Once you’ve decided on your main homesteading goals, the next thing you need to ask yourself is how fast you want to move towards them. For some people, a steady and gradual approach works best whereas others find it easier to transition rapidly using an “all or nothing” approach. So before you take any action, decide which of these approaches will work best for you and then plan your homesteading journey accordingly.

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3) Are You Fully Aware Of The Work Involved?

One key mistake many budding homesteaders make before they get started is underestimating the amount of work involved. So if you’re planning to implement a lot of homesteading principles into your lifestyle, make sure you’re fully aware of how much work it will take to achieve your goals. By doing this, you’ll create realistic picture of the work involved and be much less likely to get discouraged along the way.

4) Do You Have Adequate Funds?

Another thing many people fail to consider when working towards a lifestyle of self-sufficiency is the cost. While homesteading can help you live a much more frugal lifestyle in the long run, it very often requires some significant initial investment. For example, if you’re planning to raise animals, this can slash your long term food costs but you will need to pay for a lot of equipment and supplies in the beginning. Therefore, make sure you’re fully aware of how much it will cost to achieve your homesteading goals and ensure that you have adequate funds in place before you start taking action.

5) What Modern Conveniences Do You Need?

One final thing you need to think about when you start on your homesteading journey is modern conveniences. Most homesteaders aim to live off the grid where possible and avoid modern conveniences. However, this may not be the kind of lifestyle you want to lead or you may need access to certain modern conveniences. For example, if you have a medical condition, you may require easy access to certain modern medical services. Alternatively, if you run an Internet business, you’ll need a fast, reliable Internet connection. So make sure you consider which modern conveniences you’ll still need after you’ve transitioned to your homesteading lifestyle and ensure that your plan includes provisions to get them.

Summary

While homesteading is very appealing, it’s also a big lifestyle change that you need to consider carefully and fully. I hope this article has helped you ask yourself the necessary questions and helped you create a realistic homesteading plan.

 

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Alex

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