ReformStead Blog

Sep 05, 2018

The Best Poultry Watering Systems for Chickens + Rainwater Harvesting

Find the best DIY poultry watering systems for your chickens. Here is a look at all the different poultry waterers and why some are better in some situations than others. Also, at the end we'll cover rainwater harvesting systems for your flock.

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Aug 28, 2018

DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces

Beautiful DIY mason jar centerpieces for Christmas. They’re easy to adapt & make for weddings, for graduations, or for birthdays! Very rustic & glittery, perfect for country-homestead decorations.

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Aug 18, 2018

Raising Chickens: The Best Beginners Guide

Raising chickens can be a challenge. Not going broke over their feed bill and doing a good job all-around is difficult. Here's your free, online handbook to saving money, growing feed, health, coops, tractors, frugal ideas and more!

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Aug 14, 2018

Arizona Gardening: A Permaculture Garden Design

Arizona gardening calls for a permaculture garden design--even in small backyards. Learn great water saving methods for our Phoenix summers. Vegetable gardening can be hard in our harsh desert climate, but with the right methods, we live in one of the best states!

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Aug 09, 2018

Natural Eye Infection Remedy for Rabbits, Cows, Goats, Sheep

A natural eye infection remedy for your cow, rabbit, goat or sheep. It's a simple, easy and a very effective homestead remedy that I tried on our animals a while back. I've had great results! Plus, it's just one simple kitchen ingredient.

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Aug 08, 2018

Chicken Tractor Designs

Chicken tractor designs for your meat chickens. Free Dimensions (DIY Plans) with wheels for your broilers’ moveable and portable coop. For free-range, pastured chickens on grass. Simple and easy to make.

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May 10, 2018

Squash Recipes

Find 100+ squash recipes to use up an abundant squash harvest from your garden. When squash is in season you can’t have too many recipes. Find the right easy squash recipe for you. Summer & winter squash, zucchini and more!

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Apr 30, 2018

What Do Chickens Eat?

What do chickens eat? Here is your guide to feeding chickens. With 107 kinds of food to feed your backyard hens and roosters. Perfect DIY list of ideas to have for beginners.

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Apr 26, 2018

Best Meat Chickens Chart

Get your best meat chickens chart! 12 meat chicken breeds which are great for raising on your homestead. Heritage and cross-bred broilers are compared. An instant download you can print out now.

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Apr 23, 2018

Meat Chicken Breeds

Here are 12 of the best meat chicken breeds for raising on your homestead. A great list for beginners who are looking to raise broilers. Both cross-bred & heritage breeds are compared here.

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Apr 19, 2018

Vanilla Extract Recipe

This vanilla extract recipe is easy to make yummy and homemade. An great DIY recipe that will give a delicious hint of vanilla to any batch of cookies. Use this extract in your favorite recipe!

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Apr 16, 2018

Raising Geese: 5 Tips for Gosling Health

Here are 5 tips to take raising geese to the next level. These are simple tips you can apply to set your goslings on a path to a long, vigorous healthy life. Homesteading beyond the basics!

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Apr 09, 2018

Raising Geese: Setting Up a Brooder

Raising geese starts with baby goslings. Learn how to set up a brooder and get your geese off to a healthy start—for beginners. Geese are an easy way to add variety to your meat sources along with diversity to your pasture and homestead terrain.

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Apr 03, 2018

25 Ways to Use Goat Milk

Dairy goat milk is a wonderful resource on the homestead. Once you start milking goats you’ll have times when you have way more milk than your family can drink! Here are lots of ways to get your brain thinking and solve that problem of excess milk.

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Mar 27, 2018

The Best Organic Fertilizer: Extra Milk (or Whey)

Extra milk or whey is an amazing organic fertilizer to build natural fertility! In your orchard, pasture and garden it is a completely natural, holistic and Organic option.

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Mar 19, 2018

How to Shade & Protect Young Fruit Trees from the Sun & Sunburn

Learn how to protect your young fruit trees from the sun. This is a natural way without paint that is great for both deciduous and citrus fruit trees. Sunburn can be prevented without the use of the traditionally used chemical paint. Find out how!

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Feb 14, 2018

DIY Garlic Remedy for a Sick Goat: Garlic & Peanut Butter Balls

Garlic remedies are the best for a sick goat, dog, chicken, or yourself. Here's a recipe for garlic peanut butter balls for animals who don't like garlic.

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Jan 01, 2018

How to Preserve Lemons for Year-Round Use

Learn how to preserve a large lemon harvest. You can ferment dehydrate, pack in salt, freeze, and more! Here are the 7 best ways and recipes I’ve found for putting up lemons for great uses later.

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Nov 27, 2017

How to Start a Sustainable, Permaculture, DIY Chickens Garden

Learn how to grow a sustainable garden for your backyard chickens to save money on their feed bill. Plant shrubs, trees & herbs for a permaculture homestead. Great DIY ideas for beginners & beyond.

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Nov 13, 2017

Why You Need to Plant Herbs in a Sustainable, Permaculture, DIY Chicken Garden

Grow herbs in your sustainable garden for your backyard chickens to save money. Natural health for your chickens—permaculture style. Great DIY herbal health ideas for your hens.

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Nov 06, 2017

How to Grow a Sustainable, Permaculture, DIY Chicken Garden: The Layers Needed

Grow a sustainable garden for your backyard chickens to save money on their feed bill. Plant herbs, shrubs and trees for a holistic, permaculture homestead. Great DIY ideas for beginners and beyond.

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Oct 31, 2017

The 500th Year of the Reformation, A Hymn & A Book

500 years ago today Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses for debate to the church door of Wittenberg Germany. My brother and I wrote a hymn & about the new book I'm writing.

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Oct 23, 2017

How to Use Bugs on the Homestead to Save Money on Your Chickens’ Feed Bill

Manage your chickens to eat bugs around your homestead and save money on their feed bill. Small changes are how you get raise sustainable chickens. Your backyard chickens will love the freedom too.

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Oct 17, 2017

2 Ways to Compost With Backyard Chickens That Will Save Money on Your Feed Bill

Beginner & advanced chicken raisers can cut their feed bill drastically when they start composting. Make feeding those chickens more sustainable for your homestead.

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Oct 04, 2017

How to Ferment Chicken Feed in 3 Easy Steps to $ave Money

Fermenting chicken feed for your backyard chickens is a great way to save money on their food. Fermented feed can be fed for your hens, baby chicks, egg layers, broilers or meat chickens.

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Sep 27, 2017

6 Kinds of Bugs You Can Grow For Your Flock to $ave on Feed—An Overview

Cut your chicken feed bill by growing bugs. Here’s an overview to help you decide which bugs are best for your chickens. Be more self-sufficient by raising your own chicken food.

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Sep 22, 2017

Easy Paleo Pumpkin Pie Recipe From Scratch

You'll love this easy to make paleo pumpkin pie recipe. The delicious filling is the best. Love the rich, sweet flavor in this from scratch pie. Best of all it's homemade, gluten free and healthy.

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Sep 21, 2017

4 Ways to Use Kitchen Food Scraps & Save the Most on Your Chicken Feed Bill

Learn how you can save more money on your chickens’ feed bill by feeding them your food scraps. Beyond the basic & holistic ways you can use your kitchen scraps. For those who like sustainable & DIY.

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Sep 13, 2017

11 Things NOT to Feed Chickens & The Best Way to Dispose of Them

Feeding & raising backyard chickens is easy, but you need to know which foods NOT to feed chickens. After you learn what they can’t eat, we’ll learn the best way you can resourcefully dispose of them.

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Sep 09, 2017

Save Money on Chicken Feed with Manure Management

Save money on chicken feed with these easy manure management tips. Free food for the chickens--bugs, compost, worms, etc, ready for you to utilize. Health-promoting & easy DIY ideas for your backyard.

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Sep 05, 2017

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Chicken Feed Bill

Here are 10 ways you can save money on your chicken food bill. Homesteading for beginners, or anyone who wants to get off the commercial feed bandwagon. Sustainable & DIY ideas for backyard chickens.

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Aug 01, 2017

Homestead Resources

Looking for the best homesteading books? Reading is a great way to get ideas, find tips & learn skills! Here are resources full of helpful, practical, DIY, & frugal information—books, websites & more!

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Aug 01, 2017

The Holistic Homestead

A Homesteading book for beginners and advanced alike! Grow your own sustainable, permaculture type of homestead that considers every aspect, with a plan and goal for the future. Soli Deo Gloria!

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May 09, 2017

I'm Writing A Book!!!

I’m writing a book!!! The Holistic Homestead. This book is designed so you SEE your homestead as a orderly system. Instead of aimlessness, it’s how-to homestead with purpose!

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Mar 23, 2017

Natural Remedies For A Sick Goat

Learn how to treat a sick goat with this natural remedy. It is easy to make at home. When your goat is sick, try this DIY herbal recipe for natural goat care.

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Mar 14, 2017

Egg Gathering Apron Pattern

Make your own apron with this Egg Gathering Apron Pattern. Full of step-by-step instructions & detailed color photos. Easy for you to follow along & detailed to give you confidence as you proceed.

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Mar 09, 2017

Cheesemaking Made Easy--> For Beginners

Cheese making always looked so complicated to me, until I got one book. An amazing book with 32 quick & easy cheese-making recipes you can make at home. A must for any organized cheese maker.

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Feb 13, 2017

Homemade DIY Energy Booster For Baby Chicks

Raising baby chicks? Here’s a DIY energy booster or electrolyte recipe you can put in their water. Great for their health & easy for beginners. Important to getting your chicks off to a great start!

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Feb 07, 2017

5 Things To Know Before Getting Chickens

Ready to raise chickens! You’ll need to decide where to get them. You can get chicks from your local feed store, order them, or get them from a local breeder. Find the best place to buy your chicks.

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Feb 01, 2017

Vegetable Garden Planting--10 Must-haves

A lot goes into vegetable garden planting. Here is a list of the top 10 most important things you need to get started in your garden. :)

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Jan 18, 2017

Easy Ice Cream Recipes

Enjoy making these easy ice cream recipes! There is nothing like good homemade ice cream. Especially when you are raising or growing the ingredients right in your backyard!

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Jan 12, 2017

The Best DIY Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe: In 3 Easy Steps

A easy vanilla lip balm recipe you’ll love. This DIY lip balm is made with coconut oil. It’s healing homemade & the best. You will love the simplicity of the recipe and the soothing feel on your lips.

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Jan 12, 2017

How To Make Vanilla Infused Coconut Oil

Making vanilla infused coconut oil is easy & adds a fun smell to your lip balm or lotion. Infusing oil is easy & a great beginner project for anyone. Follow along & I’ll show you how.

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Dec 30, 2016

Feeding Garlic & ACV To Your Chickens

Improve your backyard chicken health, by feeding your hens garlic & apple cider vinegar. It’s great for their health. And I’ll show you how easy it is to start feeding it to your hens today.

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Dec 26, 2016

Fire Cider Recipe

Make a powerful colds and flu remedy with this easy fire cider recipe. Take fire cider at the beginning of symptoms and stop a cold before it starts! An instant fire cider option is included too.

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Dec 10, 2016

15 Plants To Grow That Will Lower Your Chicken Feed Bill

Grow your backyard chicken food in a DIY perennial permaculture garden. Free food & shade for the chickens in the edible landscaping right outside their coop. Growing chicken food will save you money.

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Dec 06, 2016

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe In 3 Easy Steps: With Free Printable Labels!

Learn how to make homemade vanilla extract with this easy DIY vanilla extract recipe! Then download my FREE printable labels, tie on with a cute piece of baker’s twine and...voila! A beautiful gift.

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Nov 26, 2016

50 Homesteading Skills You Can Learn Right Now

Here are 50 skills every homesteader needs. Ideas for a self-sufficient, urban & frugal life. Get your homesteading dream going! It’s homesteading for beginners with little money, right where you are.

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Nov 22, 2016

DIY Lip Balm Recipe

A super easy lip balm recipe you will love. This DIY lip balm is healing, homemade & the best. You will love the simplicity of the recipe and the soothing feel on your lips.

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