Rural Lifestyle

Life in Rural America

Month: July 2013

Got Moved

My wife and I have gotten ourselves moved to a rural area in southeast Texas. Now we have to get the water, power and sewer hooked up.

One of the issues with moving to a rural area is you have to figure just about everything out for yourself. The power and phone companies will take care of their end, but you still have to get the septic tanks and field lines put down, and you have to get someone to drill the water well.

Living in a city is easy. To get the water turned on just called the water district and get them to turn on the water. Continue Reading….

Moving To The Farm July 27 2013

Man oh man what a day. We got the storage building and deck moved, got the u-haul loaded, and transported a bunch of cement blocks that were used for the deck to the farm.

The chickens are doing well. They have adjusted to drinking creek water, and they are enjoying their new yard. Part of the yard is shaded by oak trees while the other section gets a lot of sunlight. This allows the chickens to get as much shade, or as much sunlight as they want.

The chickens went from 9 square feet each in their old run to 185 square feet in their new yard. I think the extra room has decreased the chickens stress levels, which has resulted in less bad behavior.

The rabbits are doing well in their new location. Just as the chickens have done the rabbits have adjusted to drinking creek water.
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Video Game Prices

Francis has a melt down over video game prices. For the most part I agree with him.

With day 1 expansions (aka DLC) and day one patches, what is is the public supposed to think? If there is a day one DLC that tells me I did not get the whole game. the developers left some of the game out just to sale it to us as “extra” content.

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Moving The Chicken House To The Farm

What do you do when you have chickens and plan on bugging out? You build the chicken house where it will fit on a trailer, or in the bed of a truck.

When my wife and I built the chicken coop we knew that one day we would be moving. So the chicken coop was built so that it would fit on a dual axle trailer. The inside of the trailer measured 7 feet, so the coop was built 6 foot 3 inches wide.Barred Rock Chicken

Today (July 20, 2013) my plans were put to the test. Here is the story of moving the chicken house.

What a day. Started off with breakfast, pulled my boat to the camp, picked up my son, back home, then moved the chicken coop into position to be loaded on a trailer.

Loaded the chicken coop on a trailer, dad pulled the coop and trailer to the camp while I had the run on a trailer attached to my truck.

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Random Thoughts July 16 2013

With everything going on in the world and in the United States, I think it is time for another random thoughts article.

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin – is it not enough that one man is dead, another fears for his life, but now people have to go around protesting in the streets?

Jesus H Christ, do the whites go around protesting everytime a black person kills a whitey?Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

What happened after the OJ Simpson case? Did white people go around protesting against OJ? Did the National Association of White People pressure the justice department on the OJ case? Did the Kl Klux Klan or skinheads put a $10,000 reward on the head of OJ?

People need to set racial issues aside and have some respect for our legal system. Continue Reading….

The Zimmerman Verdict

The root issue of the Zimmerman case is the peoples ability to protect not only their community, but also themselves. Community had a rash of crime. Community organizes watch program. Community watch member sees suspicious person walking streets at night. Suspicious person attacks community watch member. Community watch member shoots and kills suspicious person in self-defense. There is no racism in what happened. But protesting the verdict, people are saying we should not have the right to protect our community, nor should we have the right to protect ourselves. In other words, protestors are saying we should stay in our homes why crime runs rampant on our streets. Martin and Zimmerman were at the wrong place and at the wrong time. But just because Zimmerman Continue Reading….

Third Economic Downturn Will Be Our Undoing

One of the common questions posted on the forum is when will SHTF. When is something big going to happen?

Rather than a turd hitting a fan, what if I told you it was more like diarrhea hitting the fan? In the past 40 years we have faced 2 economic downturns that have had profound long term effects. The effects have been so slow that they ave gone unnoticed. Unnoticed that is until you look at the big picture.Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

Economic Downturn #1. Nixon took us off the gold standard, which caused rapid inflation.

For the most part people have no idea what the true value of their paper money is, as we have no tangible item to compare the value of paper money to.

Taking the U.S. off the gold standard has also allowed the Federal Reserve to print money out of thin air, which has also contributed to inflation. Continue Reading….

Three Weeks

My wife and I are down to three weeks until we are scheduled to move.

I feel that I am about to enter a new phase in my life. My wife and I are moving to a rural area of southeast Texas, and only 10 months left on child support.

Moving away from the city will allow my wife and I to have more livestock then what we currently have. I would like to have cattle, pigs, goats and maybe some sheep to go along with our chickens.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

After the move we will have land to grow a garden on, just about any sized we want. If we want to grow corn, okra or watermelons we are going to be able to do so.

After dealing with child support office of Jefferson and Harris county, I understand why so many men never want children. I feel that fathers are abused by the system, treated like nothing more than a paycheck (or milk cow), and then cast away when no longer useful. Continue Reading….

Building A Chicken Yard Part 1

For those of you who are planning on raising chickens after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI, have you put any thought into building the chicken yard? People who have lived in a rural area may have been exposed to the hard work of building a chicken yard. But people who live in the city or urban areas, the vast majority have no idea how much hard work building a chicken yard takes.

As some of yall may know my wife and I are planning on moving to a rural area of southeast Texas. We have moved past the planning phase are are moving to the implementation phase.Barred Rock chicken

When my wife make the move to the homestead, the chicken coop will be loaded on a trailer, taken to the farm, unloaded and bumped up to the new chicken yard. Before all of that can happen the new chicken yard has to be built.

After spending a lot of time on the dimensions, how many square feet each chicken needs, how many chickens I wanted, and room for growth,,, I came up with a chicken yard that is 75 feet long and 30 feet wide.

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