The Pickled Prepper
A chicken nesting box with eggs

How to Avoid Chicken Feed Problems

Are your chickens laying normally this winter? Some are blaming a lack of eggs on Tractor Supply. Here's what to do if your egg production is down.
The needle in the red means the electric fence isn't working.

My Bees and Electric Fence are Costing me Money

Homesteading takes investment of time ad money. Sometimes it is planned; other times it catches you by surprise.
Frames pulled from beehives this summer but never harvested are use to feed the bees in the winter.

After the Blizzard, a Comparative Heatwave

The blizzard behind us, the warm temperatures provide relief for people and livestock and a chance to do homestead chores.
Pumping oxalic acid into a beehive to kill varroa mites.

Prepper Lessons, Cold Weather, and a Possible Blizzard

We are preparing for winter, the possibility of sub-zero temperatures, and a Christmas Blizzard. Are you prepper for that?
A conibear trap set to kill whatever comes out of this hole.

A Winter Rest and Reset on the Homestead

The cold is giving us a rest as outdoor chores dwindle and we have time to relax and step back from the demands of homesteading.
A small part can make a big difference.

For want of a Hose Clamp

Nothing like running out of water when you have a house full of people. Because we have spare parts on hand, we got back up and running quickly.
A few bees venture out in the November sun.

Getting the Beehives Ready for Winter

Here are the details on how we insulate and wrap our hives to give our bees an added chance to survive the winter, plus a farm inflation report.
A gray day with dead, brown plants

Heading into the Gray Days of Winter

The pretty autumn leaves have given way to dead, brown oak leaves and gray skies as the fun days of fall give way to the gray days of winter
A black bear

There’s a Bear Out There

Bears and warmer weather return to the homestead. Hopefully we'll see the last of the bears once it turns cold again and stays cold.
Tiny waterfall

Fall Activities on the Homestead

With a hard freeze expected this coming week, we have to wrap up our pre-winter preps on the homestead, but it isn't all work and no play.