Every issue of Hobby Farms magazine, our editors search for items useful to hobby farmers, whether heavier equipment such as tractor attachments, useful tools, innovative helper items or accessories for livestock management. So take a look at the things we found that can help your farm run better or keep you and your animals safer this winter.
Roll-Out Nesting Box
The Homestead Essentials Roll-Out Nesting Box (pictured above) includes one, two or three slanted laying trays that allow eggs to roll forward and stay protected under the lid. The boxes’ slanted roofs keep hens from roosting on the roof. Price varies by size
Grasshopper Zero-Turn Mower
Grasshopper’s zero-turn mowers are built for strength and durability, while minimizing weight for agility and a light footprint. They start with robotically welded, high-grade steel tubular frame with I-beam reinforcement, then add design-matched components to a fusion-bonded, chip- and rust-resistant powder-coat. Prices vary
PIGOLOGY: The Ultimate Encyclopedia from Princeton Architectural Press contains tons of pig facts and illustrations. $19.95
Excelsior Poultry Pads
Excelsior poultry pads provide stable footing for newly hatched chicks or, in the nesting box, a clean place to lay eggs. Made of Great Lakes aspen excelsior fibers and brown kraft paper, the pads are completely biodegradable. Price varies
Caddi Treat Holder
Pack fresh fruit or veggies in the body of the Caddi Treat Holder, and adjust the hanging height to keep the flock entertained. $12.99
Airscape Bucket Insert
The BPA-free, food-grade plastic Airscape Bucket Insert now fits larger buckets and features a nitrogen port, turning any round 3-, 5- or 7-gallon bucket into bulk storage solution for coffee beans, nuts, seeds and more. The insert removes and locks out air, light and moisture. Starts at $22
Farver Farms’ new snack line of Lentil Crunchers are made from lentils grown on the prairies of Montana, packaged in small batches and shipped directly to homes. Flavors include Regular, Dill Pickle and Sweet Hickory. $10
Made of all-weather plastic, the Chick-N-Feeder is able to hang or sit on the ground and includes a scratch ring to prevent wasted food. Price varies
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of Hobby Farms magazine.