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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past year I have lost a bunch of chickens to dogs and predators. My wife and I rescued two puppies and they killed some of the chickens. Currently I have around 17 or 18 hens and 2 roosters. I am thinking about buying a dozen chickens. Chicken house is 16 X 16 feet, and chicken yard...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    As my flock increased so has my need for perch space. To add room I built a new perch 12 feet long by 36 inches wide then added spacers every 18 inches. The new water system is working well.
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What are good chicken breeds for a long term shtf / teotwawki situation? Let's consider three traits: Hardiness Dual purpose for meat and egg production Broodiness Hardiness Hardy is defined as, "robust; capable of enduring difficult conditions." The breeds listed should be able to...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A rabbit hideaway box serves several purposes – it provides a place for the rabbit to hide, provides the doe with a birthing box for her litter, and provides a high place for a lookout point. Rabbits are prey animals, and as such will want to hide when they are scared. The rabbit hutch was...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Have you considered raising rabbits as part of your long term SHTF survival plans? Rabbits are easy to raise, do not take a lot of room, do not make a lot of noise,, what is there not to like about rabbits? A couple of weeks ago my wife and daughter got a two Californian white rabbits. The...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of years I have looked at several chicken breeds to develop a self-sustaining chicken flock. Some of the breeds I have looked at are the Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Dominique and Australorp (only to name a few). This article will focus on the Barred Rock, which is part of...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    In another thread we talked about cattle, in this thread I would like to discuss the good and bad points of goats, sheep and cattle. My wife and I are planning on moving to the homestead; after which I plan on fencing in a 10 - 13 acre field for some kind of meat and milk producing livestock...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past few weeks I have been posting on my blog about what my project for 2013 should be. Should it be rabbits, honey bees, both, or maybe even something else? The question from there needs to be, what project is going to provide my family with the greatest return on our investment...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Every year I try to focus on some kind of project that would improve my long term survival plans. 2008 - Hurricane Ike 2009 - random stuff, such as backpacking 2010 - gardening and camping 2011 - juglines and trotlines, storing food in mylar bags 2012 - chickens and chicken coop 2013 - I am...
  10. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Lets say some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation happens tomorrow, what would your long term farming, gardening and hunting plans be? Do you plan on hunting for most of your food from livestock, gardening, hunting or a combination of food sources? Long term survival plans after SHTF One of...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Months ago I had a problem with several raccoons. I trapped them and I haven't had a problem with them since. I haven't seen a raccoon, fox, or coyote near my chickens since. I've heard some in the field right behind me, and in the fields in front of me. But they don't seem to come close...
  12. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone raising goats for meat? If so, what does goat meat taste like? Several years ago I used to work with some mexicans that brought goat meat for lunch. From the pieces they gave me, I found the taste pleasant. I am looking for an alternative to raising cattle. Within the next year my...
  13. Urban Survival
    Out of all of the problems facing urban survivalist, fresh food and fresh water are probably at the top of the list. Sure there are lots of other problems, such as looters and other pest. But without fresh food and safe drinking water, life is going to go downhill pretty quick. Why would...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    When I first started looking at building my chicken coop, the first thing I did was go out on the net and look for pictures. There are all kinds of examples out there, but I needed to go cheap. Cheap as in building the window out of scrap material. I see no reason to buy a window, when one can...
  15. Urban Survival
    Hello survivalists (: I am just getting into "Rabbit meat farming" and just curious to what you guys think? I've been watching thousands of preppers with rabbit meat farms, and does anyone here actually do rabbit farming? With rabbit farming is it ok for when the SHTF if the rabbit just relies...
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