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Can I Keep Chickens in My Backyard?


If you have made the decision that you would like to try your hand at keeping some chickens in your backyard, there are a few considerations that you might want to make first, and although you have probably thought of some of these, there just might be a few that might come as a surprise.


Legality of Raising Backyard Chickens

Probably the very first question you should ask yourself about raising chickens is, can I raise chickens in my backyard?’ You know, legally. I know, I know. If you are slightly stubborn like I tend to be you

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Fuel from chicken $#@%


This post was originally published as part of a Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest here on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original form HERE. – Rourke


In the event of a collapse, water, shelter, food and fuel are the most basic of necessities.  As most of us who have put some thought into this have at least these bare minimums.  A good water supply and a way of filtering a not so good water supply.  A location that provides shelter from the elements and safety.  A durable food supply that hopefully will last long enough to get

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Announcement: Off Grid Article Series at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com

Hello all - 

Wanted to pass on to everyone that a 6 part series of articles are going to be published over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com titled “Off Grid”. This series begins Monday.


This series, written by SCP Editor-at-Large Bev Sandlin, showcases a land cooperative of 4 families owning 60 acres in a northern state and they live an existence that is very much off-grid. In fact, one home does not even utilize electricity of any kind at all.



For those of us looking to get back to nature and live a simpler life – this series of articles should be

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Guest Post: Off The Grid

Off The Grid 


Wolf Grulkey www.mulbabies.com


15 years ago I bought 13 acres of cedar forest in NW Arkansas with the idea of building a self sufficient homestead/retreat.  The first thing was to organize a water supply.  There had been a well drilled on the property so I called the local driller to come do a clean out on the well to rid it of debris.  With that done, water was at 90 feet in a 250 feet well.  So far so good.


I studied on the perfect pump and water system and

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Guest Post: The Homestead Hog – Husbandry and “Getting it Done” Butchery


The Homestead Hog: Husbandry and “Getting it Done” Butchery

by Bev


When I was a little girl visiting my great-grandfather’s farm, I remember watching out the upstairs window from the straw mattress that I was bedded down on and seeing my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother standing around a fire on which a great black cauldron was set, stirring, stirring, and talking. They were stirring pig’s blood in the cauldron to make blood pudding and blood sausage.  Perhaps this is where we get the popular Halloween image of witches around a pot because hog butchering

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Backyard Food Production DVD – no better time than the present

If you are not familiar with the DVD Backyard Food Production – it is a great educational resource for anyone that wants to garden and create a small homestead-like existence. I have a copy and it is jam-packed full of information.

Video speaks louder than my written word so check out this video:

Interested in gardening and getting the maximum food possible? Want to raise chickens and rabbits? Want to collect water for irrigation and human consumption? For more info – click HERE.



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Guest Post: Do You Have What it Takes to Raise Backyard Chickens?


by Nate Smith

The simple fact that you even find yourself reading this article probably means that you satisfy the first requirement of raising backyard chickens: desire. Obviously, without a strong desire to keep chickens the occasional hassles and burdens of doing so would quickly become overwhelming, leaving you wondering why you ever got started with such a silly idea in the first place! So let’s go back to assuming that you do at least want to have and raise chickens, whatever your reason may be (and the reasons can be many). There are a few more requirements

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Recent visit with JP from The Homestead Report

JP and I did some shooting - Choate stocks on both the M1 Carbine and Ruger 10/22

This past weekend I had an opportunity to visit with JP from The Homestead Report. Having been a reader of JP’s blog for a several weeks – I was excited to get together with a fellow prepper and someone of like-mind. The Homestead is located down a long winding country road in Georgia well into the Boonies.

"Bobo" – pet and protector of The Homestead

As I pulled onto the property I was great by the dog above – Bobo. JP actually has two dogs which are great tools out in the country.  4 legged alarm systems.


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Just discovered a new blog…….The Homestead Report

I recently discovered a new blog called The Homestead Report. This blog discusses a variety of topics – from politics, observations of our government, preparedness, and the authors experience living out in the country.

The author and his family have done something that I wish I could do. They up and quit their jobs and decided to make a total lifestyle change and moved out in the boonies.

So far there are just a few posts – but I like what I see. Intelligent writing and I just find the the blog written from a unique perspective.

Check ‘em out.



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Guest Post: Tales from the Homestead

[From Rourke: This is a two part series that I have combined here....possibly more to come.]

Written by Steve in AZ

Tales from the Homestead: PART ONE

This morning I was having my coffee and reading the news paper, when my dog started to bark.  In my remote area of Arizona, that can only mean somethin’ ain’t right!   As I almost always wear a sidearm, I ventured out to the porch, to investigate.   Following the dogs line of sight, I saw a feral cat sitting on top of the hen house!    (Now, I can’t describe

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Welcome “Backyard Food Productions”


Hello all -

I am very happy to announce that ModernSurvivalOnline is now an affiliate for Backyard Food Productions. Several weeks ago I was contacted by them and asked if I wanted to receive a copy of their educational DVD for review and giveaway. Of course I said “YES!” and have received the DVD.

I  have now  watched it a couple of times and am just so impressed. Being someone who did not grow up on a farm – I found this DVD to be tremendously educational. I will be doing a full review on the DVD soon.


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Guest post: Getting Started in Beekeeping

Lang hive


by Sarah

This is my 3rd year as a hobby beekeeper, I seriously love being a beekeeper and look forward to heading out to the apiary (technical name for where the beehives are) to see the girls buzzing in and out of their hives. If you look closely at each bee when it returns to the hive you can usually see mounds of pollen clumped to their back legs…sometimes its bright orange or yellow and sometimes its pale almost white. I chose to start beekeeping mostly to help my garden with pollination. I have

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Great information resource: Mother Earth News website


I have a new resource of information that I have been spending more and more time on – the website for Mother Earth News magazine.

MotherEarthNews.com is packed with great information ranging from Gardening to Modern Homesteading. Articles are abundant and there are also many videos as well.

I know many of my readers do not like the political stance that the magazine obviously takes – however I would not let that get in the way of the information they provide.

Here are a few articles with links that caught my eye:

Simple Outhouse

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