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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How do you ensure genetic diversity in a homestead chicken flock? A few weeks ago a buddy of mine and I were talking about the genetic health of a chicken flock during a complete collapse of society. Such as a WROL (without rule or law) or TEOTWAWKI situation. One of my long term goals is...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How many people here have cattle, how many head do you have per acre, what breeds are you raising,,,, and other general information. Now that the timber has been cut from the homestead, I have been thinking about rebuilding the fence rows and get some beef cows. My location is southeast Texas...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I would like some info on raising rabbits.how many rabbits can I keep cage,if I build one big cage can I keep more rabbits or is it unhealthy and will they harm each other.is it best to keep only a few in smaller cages.these rabbits will be raised for food.thanks for your input
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have previously been using cattle to suppliment my dogs food. (Mastiff breeder here with lots of dogs) I am putting in a privacy fence and want my meat supply to be inside the enclosed 2 1/2 acres so I obviously do not have room for more than the milk cow and a calf in the lower pasture...
  5. 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...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    It has been a year and a half since my wife and I started our small backyard rabbit stud. It has had plenty of success and a few failures. We started with dutch rabbits, 2 does and a buck. Then added Lops, and then New Zealand Whites. We have had great luck with the dutch's, they are great...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I searched and didn't find any threads dedicated to cattle, so here it is. This is for anyone wants to ask questions, share knowledge, share links, post photos of your cattle, or share interesting or funny stories. There may be only few members on SB that are into cattle, dairy or beef, but I...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I was looking up how much meat a female rabbit can produce in one year, and came across this list of facts. http://www.ardengrabbit.com/facts.html One of the facts says that one 10 pound female rabbit can produce 320 pounds of meat per year. Is this correct? That sounds like a lot to me, but...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This is my first experience breeding rabbits and I laughed until my sides hurt even after I about had my eye poked out. I took 1 doe from her cage and put her in with the buck and watched the buck mount and attempt to breed her from every possible angle as this was his first time. Poor ole girl...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The wife and I are wanting to get more self sufficient. We are going to keep rabbits (new zealand white) in the garage. Going to start with 2 female and 1 male. After we get the hang of it we are planning on doubling that. We will use the rabbits for extra food and the hides will be tanned...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I'm sure I might do a video or take pictures latter. I don't have any answers. I don't think it's my neighbors dogs, I think it's some that are further away. The Rabbit cage was torn apart. It's possible they all escaped due to the heavy construction of the cage. The chickens killed were...
  12. Food and water
    Although I live in the city, I have a source for fresh goat meat, which my husband and I both love. There are not alot of recipes out there. Our favorite ways to cook it are in the pressure cooker with pearl onions, rosemary and new potatos or in a curry. Of course the ground meat is an easy...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hello everyone I found this forum during my research for answers. I am mostly looking for advice on food and any tips you might have for a newbie. Currently I am looking to buy 2 bucks and 4 does and a 50/50 blend of pure Californians and New Zealands. I will crossbreed for hybrid vigor and...
  14. DIY - Do It Yourself
    I need to build one or two big outside cages. They will be rectangular and quite big. So could just build a frame and put nets on all sides. Thing is the longer sides need longer pieces of wood and... limited transport, car only, so can't make them too long. Trying to find a smart way putting...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I just bought several rabbit cages plus some equipment. Rabbits when I get set up. Eventually I would like to be totally self sufficient in rabbit feed but until I get to that point, does anyone store rabbit pellets on a longer term basis? Does it get moldy or deteriorate substantially in...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hey guys it's me again with more "eco-terror" questions. I say eco-terror because some people don't think too highly of our project. The concept in this thread as you may have guessed is rabbits. The indegenous rabbits in our area are scrawny and not quite up to the standards of what I was...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Just got some infor about Rabbit Farming at survivalbound.com and some you tube vids about raising and slaughtering in YouTube Learning
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Downloads: A new file has been added by jfountain2: Rabbit Housing - Meat Type Cage Shelter A set of plans you can use to build a cage shleter for meat rabbits.
  19. Hunting and Trapping General Discussion
    I received this question off of youtube. Does anyone have any suggestions or comments?
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