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Wow, I can hardly believe 2017 is just about over. Is it just me or is time going like, super fast? I hear that happens as you grow older, but it’s a little surreal when you start experiencing it. 2017 was kind of a crazy year for our family. We started the year with no specific big plans, but yet this summer we packed up and moved from Portland, Oregon to San Antonio, Texas! It’s been super nice being closer to family, but I’m not going to lie, I really miss Portland and our friends up there. It’s also really weird to start our homestead from scratch again. Despite all that excitement, there were 21 new posts on Farming My Backyard this year and I’ll link to the top Farming My Backyard posts of 2017, just in case you missed any of them!
The Top Farming My Backyard Posts of 2017!
How Many Chickens Do I Need In A Successful Flock? – Ever heard of chicken math? It’s the phenomenon you experience when you start out with “just three hens” and then a couple years later you look up and you’re running a full on egg business with a flock of two dozen! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. But regardless, there’s going to be a sweet spot for you in terms of how many chickens you should have, and here’s a few tips on how to find it.
Introducing New Chickens Without Causing A Bloodbath – Sometimes adding new birds to an established flock can be a little bit tricky. Here are a few hints and tips for minimizing the stress on both your established hens and the newcomers.
Chicken Diseases You Need To Know About – Mostly backyard hens are very healthy, but occasionally things can pop up. Here is a list of the most common chicken diseases you may run across, plus some tips on how to prevent and manage them.
Deworming Chickens: Do You Need To Worry About It? – Whoa, did you know chickens can get worms? Well, they can. Luckily there are things you can do to help your birds stay happy and healthy.
3 Excellent Places To Buy Chicks For A Healthy Flock – Adding new birds to your flock? Here are three places to look for good stock.
My Favorite Posts of 2017
These posts didn’t get the most traffic this year, but they are some of my personal favorites of the new posts in 2017!
How Much Do Chickens Cost? – When I started raising chickens I thought I would save some money. It didn’t exactly work out that way, but I’m glad I did anyway.
Beet Brownies Are The Best! (Made With Honey!) – No seriously, these are some delicious brownies! And they are a good way to use up your own homegrown produce that isn’t in a salad! (I hate salad…)
Easy Ways To Get Started On A Great Spring Garden – I’m not the best gardener out there, and I always seem to be running behind in the spring. It was really useful to put together a step by step reminder of the things I should be doing NOW (in January!) before it’s actually time to put seeds in the ground.
Everything You Wanted To Know About Chicken Eggs – I remember when my first hens stopped laying, I was really worried I had done something wrong. There are things you can do to keep your hens laying longer, but it’s also reassuring to know that there are a lot of normal reasons why they may stop!
New to Raising Chicks? Give Them The Best Care – New chicks are so super cute. They’re one of my favorite parts of urban homesteading. Here are some tips on how to keep them warm and happy.
Most Popular Farming My Backyard Posts of 2017 Published in Other Years
These are some of the most highly visited posts on Farming My Backyard. These were published before 2017 and are still favorites!
How To Make Sour Cream (With Yogurt) – Making your own sour cream is SUPER easy. Here’s how to do it.
How Not To Compost: 16 Ways To Screw It Up – For all you new gardeners out there, I’m pretty sure I’ve made every composting mistake out there! Learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself!
How To Make Your Own DIY Composting Toilet – Moving into a homemade tiny house or an off grid cabin? Want to prepared for an emergency situation? Here’s how to make a sanitary and cheap composting toilet.
Are Your Chickens Molting? Here’s What You Need To Know – Molting time can look like chicken carnage with all those feathers. But if you know what to expect, you can avoid a heart stopping shock in the fall.
Colony Raising Rabbits: How To Get Started – Colony raising rabbits is quickly becoming more popular as people are looking for more humane ways to raise rabbits. Here are some tips and tricks on how to set one up.
15 Chicken Keeping Mistakes To Avoid – Don’t be that neighbor. Please. Just don’t.
How To Resuscitate Baby Bunnies (Even If They Look Dead) – If you find kits outside the nest box, there’s a chance you may be able to save them, even if they are cold and non-responsive!
55 Best Chicken Coops For Practical People – If you have chickens, you gotta have a coop. Here’s a great selection of realistic coops that your birds can actually live in.
These are all the top Farming My Backyard posts of 2017! It’s been an exciting year, with some big changes, and I hope your year was just as productive! Enjoy some reading, and I hope to have lots more to share with you in 2018!
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