Wondering what items you need to start a homestead? I’m sharing a homesteading supply list in this post. Perfect for new homesteaders!
Homesteading supply list: a list for new homesteaders
Starting a homestead from scratch can feel extremely overwhelming, especially if you’re a new homesteader. Since starting our little farm, we’ve compiled a homesteading supply list to always have on hand. Whether it’s simply setting up your homesteading or preparing for unexpected emergencies, this list for new homesteaders will have you covered.
Food supplies are probably one of the most important items on my homesteading supply list. If you’re a new homesteader, then it’s a good idea to invest in the below items:
- Metal Storage Container: Keep rodents at bay by storing food in metal bins.
- Feed Scoopers: you can never have too many scoopers! Whether it’s scooping pellets, grain, black oil sunflower seeds, or any other snacks – these scoopers are a must have.
- Extra Feeders: similar to scoopers, you can literally never have too many feeders. They’re perfect to hold loose minerals, or hang it on your metal fencing to feed pellets. The options are endless!
- Buckets: Again, you can never have too many buckets hanging around.
- Heated Waterer: if you live in a cold climate, then you absolutely need a heated waterer for your animals to prevent water from freezing over. We use this one for chickens and this one for goats.
If you’re a new homesteader, then setting up housing can be overwhelming. We have the following homesteading supply list items available at all times:
- Heat Lamps: We avoid using heat lamps whenever possible – the fire hazard is not worth it! With that being said, sometimes a heat lamp is necessary, especially when you have a few brooder boxes filled with ducklings and chicks in the barn. We use this one to reduce the fire risk.
- Fencing: Whichever fencing you choose, be sure that it is safe for your particular livestock along with being appropriate for your predator situation. We primarily use electric poultry netting on our homestead.
- Automatic Coop Door: This is definitely a splurge, but SO worth it. (Not the one we have, but similar one is here) You can set the coop door to open/close every morning/evening, so you don’t need to worry about letting your chickens out every morning and putting them away every night. Major time saver!
First Aid Kit
If you’re a new homesteader, then you probably have no idea what items you need in a First Aid Kit. The list below is nowhere near exhaustive, but includes the items that we have either used or have on hand in case of any emergency. You can never be too prepared, so always have these items on the homesteading supply list.
- Spray Bottle
- Scalpel (good to have on hand if your chicken develops bumble foot)
- Bandage Wrap
- Bandage Tape
- Poultry Drench
- Food Grade DE
If your goats will be kidding, then be sure to have the following homesteading supply list items available as well:
- Bulb Syringe
- Hair Dryer
- Battery Powered Lanterns
- Pritchard Nipples
- Calcium Drench
- Oral Drencher
Depending on the type of livestock you raise, they may be prone to mineral and other nutritional deficiencies. If you’re a new homesteader and planning to raise goats and/or ducks, then considered including the following items on your homesteading supply list.