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  1. Chickens? Livestock? What Are You Going to Feed Them? THIS

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    A big hole in my preps has been animal feed, as I believe it I for many other people. I only have 6 chickens and 10 ducks, but they provide a critical supply of protein and calorie rich food for my family. When the time comes, how will I feed these guys. I have a relatively small property, and...
  2. Lost a Rhode Island Red to a hawk

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    First, how do I know it was a hawk? The bones were picked clean. If it were a canine or cat, there would have been bite marks. With a canine, chances are the bones would have been eaten. The heart was laying next to the chicken. If this had been a dog or cat, then the heart would have been...
  3. How many chickens are enough?

    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...
  4. Square corner post question

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have a large amount of treated 6x6 (8 foot long) and 4x4 boards from a previous project. I need to fence in a pasture and was wondering about using the 6x6s as corner h-braced corners and for the occasional line post instead of the traditional round posts? It would save me a lot of money to...
  5. What Would Chickens Do Without People?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    This is posted in the Disaster Preparedness General Discussion because this article is for people who may flee to the countryside, or who bug out to the wilderness. Let's say there is some kind of event, such as a new plague and there is a replay of the Black Death. Someone happens upon a farm...
  6. Re-using barbed wire

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have a property that used to be a cattle farm. The man that owned it, retired a long time ago and had removed all the posts and the barbed wire, coiled it up, and put it out in the woods/pastures (ask my tires how I discovered some of that!)... I am in the process of planning new fences. I...
  7. Training in Michigan Area: Livestock, Grains and Transplants

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading Diverse Grain Options for Farms and Homesteads Organic Transplant Production: Secure a Stellar Season with Successful Starts Small to Medium Scale Livestock for the Integrated Farm East Lansing, MI January 6th
  8. Wisconsin livestock laws

    I was wondering about Wisconsin livestock laws. I came across this form: Somebody told me that if we own livestock, that you must register with the state with the types of animals, numbers of each, etc. Can somebody please shed some...
  9. Planting weeds and grass for goats and sheep?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone here have goats and sheep, or one or the other? What is good to plant for them? I would like something that I do not have to plant every year. I am looking at getting short haired sheep. Pasture will be around seven acres. There is a lot of underbrush on the area right now. Lots of...
  10. Growing Livestock Feed

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    We are trying to grow enough feed with enough diversity to winter our livestock next winter. The idea here is to be able to sustain our meat production through the winter from our growing production in the previous months without purchasing animal feed. I have the following livestock to feed...
  11. Pygmy Goats

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have stated raising Pygmy goats. I have 4 does and 2 bucks. I anyone else raising them? I have one pregnant, I plan on milking them to have milk, make cheese and butter.
  12. Mama guinea with her keets

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Guineafowl are loud, not as friendly as chickens, not very smart, but for some reason they are fun to have around the farm. In late summer of 2015 I got a dozen guineas along with some chicks. Over the course of the next few months 4 of the guineas went missing or died. I found one guinea...
  13. 2016 spring chicks

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Farm supply stores are getting their chicks in, what breeds will you be buying this year? February 11 2016 my girlfriend and I bought: 4 - White Leghorns 4 - Rhode Island Reds 8 - Buff Orpington This is my first batch of white leghorns. They are supposed to be egg laying machines and have...
  14. New chicken house perch

    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.
  15. Limited resources and moral dilemmas post-shtf

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    A few weeks ago my cousins puppies got into the chicken yard where they killed a Golden Wyandotte rooster, buff orpington hen and dominique hen. Two other hens were also injured. Both hens were recovering well, then one of the hens developed an infected spot next on her body next to her leg...
  16. How many cattle on 3 acres?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Next spring one of my projects is to build a cattle field. The area I am looking at fencing off is 3 acres. Actual measurement is 3.21 acres, but a barn is going in there. So lets subtract .2 acres for barn and trees. There is an area next to the field that I was going to plant oak and pine...
  17. winter chickens

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My wife and I have just gotten into the world of raising chickens. We started off this spring with six chicks. Two layers, two bantams, and two Rhode island reds. Since then our flock has changed. One of the bantams was a rooster and was dispatched since meat wise he wasn't much more than a...
  18. New chicken house

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Awhile back I started a thread on building a new chicken yard. Now that the yard is pretty much complete (for now), the time has come to build the new chicken house. The size I decided on was 16 feet by 16 feet. The laying boxes take up 6 feet on one wall, and the roost takes up around 12...
  19. End of my rope!!

    Ladies Section
    Got a call from the PD this morning. It appears that the little acre I borrow down by the creek and have been trying to purchase for the last two years was sold to someone else and the seller has no recollection of who I am or that she gave me (repeated) permission to use the property. Now I...
  20. Zareba solar fence charger

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone here have experience with the Zareba brand solar powered electric fences? The solar panel is supposed to charge a battery, and the battery runs the fence. The one I am looking at is the Zareba 5 Mile Solar Fence Charger...