Whether you’re a newcomer to homesteading or a veteran, it’s important to understand the core daily chores that will lead to success. Taking the time to plan out your daily homesteading chores can help you to improve the quality of your land, and make your homestead the best it can be.
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Homesteading Chores – Daily, Weekly, Monthly, & Yearly
Whether you have a small or large homestead, chores are an unavoidable part of the lifestyle. The task of managing and maintaining your land, animals, and crops often feels overwhelming, but with the right routine, you can create a successful and manageable chore schedule.
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Daily Chores on Your Homestead
Daily chores are something that you are going to get up in the morning and just do. You know that you need to let the chickens out of their coop, along with any other farm animal that you barn over night. The daily chores very quickly become a routine.
- Feeding and watering animals
- Collecting eggs
- Harvesting crops
- Caring for livestock, ie milking
Weekly Chores on Your Homestead
You might find that it is easier to have a specific day of the week to do your weekly chores. Creating a routine for that day. It could be that you work out of the home and Saturday is your day to get things done.
- Planting and harvesting crops – depending on the time of the year
- Maintaining structures and equipment
- Managing livestock
- Building fences
- Clearing brush
Monthly Chores on Your Homestead
These are going to depend on where you live and what you have on your homestead, these things could be very different for you.
- If you practice the deep litter method in your hen house, throw a bag of fine pine shavings on the floor. Let your chickens scratch through it about once a month to break down.
- Deep clean the waterers
- Tidy up tools whether in a shed, garage, or basement to save time for looking for them when you need them
Yearly Chores on Your Homestead
Just like the monthly chores these are going to depend on where you live and what you have on your homestead, these things could be very different for you.
- Pruning trees or bushes
- Start seeds, move seedlings outside
- Deep clean coops, barns, hutches
You do not have to be the sole homesteader on your property. There are lots of chores that your kids can help out with too.
A great example would be that I do the morning chicken chores of making sure they have water, and food and letting them out of their coops. My oldest daughter, who has a small flock of her own chickens, makes sure they are in the coop at night and closes up their feeders.
Everyone in our home helps with gardening during that season of life, some enjoy it more than others, and enjoy helping out more. I don't force my kids to help in the garden every day, but during planting, and if weeds have gotten away from me, I definitely get them to pitch in.