Rural Lifestyle

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Month: August 2013

May Have Lost My First Chicken

One of my best hens is missing, and I think some feral cats are to blame.

After my wife and I got moved to the farm we made it about a month before one of our chickens came up missing. The hen I am referring to is a Speckled Sussex.

She had a friendly nature and liked to explore new areas. If I had to pick one hen out of my entire flock to model after, it would have been her. Continue Reading….

Freedom of speech in private places

This council woman in San Antonio made some comments in a private area, to a select few people. Someone recorded the comments, then the comments were released to the news media. There were some protest, and she has been asked to resign her position. Then there are the Paula Deen comments about black people. Why do certain groups feel the need to protest, or get angry, when it comes out what someone said in privacy. If we are not free to express ourselves in private areas, or to friends, then where can we express ourselves at? I feel that rather than supporting our rights, special interest groups are acting like a form of thought police. It no longer matters where you say something, or think Continue Reading….

Calories After TEOTWAWKI

Something to think about, Potatoes produce around 9 million calories per acre.

Corn produces around 7.5 million calories per acre. If we want to store corn in bulk, we can stockpile canned corn or store dried corn in mylar bags. A 14.75 ounce can of cream style sweet corn has 60 calories, a 15.25 ounce can of whole kernel corn has 60 calories – at least that is what the labels say on the cans of corn.

Rice comes in third with an estimated 7.4 million calories per acre. Rice is also a popular item to store in mylar bags. If we wanted to break it down to the details, a cup of rice contains about 216 calories.

Soybean 4th with around 2.8 million calories per acre. However, soybean leads the pack of all four in protein production per acre.

Source: Foods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Volume 1 Continue Reading….

Clown Who Wore an Obama Mask

For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock may not know, a clown in the Missouri State Fair wore an Obama mask during the performance.

Here is the funny part, people are actually upset about it. The Missouri chapter of the NAACP has called for a federal investigation into a rodeo clown.

What good is our right to political speech if we do not use it? If mocking the president is not protected speech, then what is? Continue Reading….

Things Moving Along Nicely

Things are moving along nicely as my wife and I settle into our new life in rural southeast Texas.

Power has been hooked up to the house.

Deck has been moved to the house. Now its just a matter of leveling the deck.

Air conditioner is supposed to be hooked up today (August 15, 2013).

Hopefully I will be able to buy a 1,000 gallon septic tank and 100 feet of field line in the next couple of days. Continue Reading….

Got Power Hooked Up To The House

The power company was out here a couple of days ago to set the power poles.

Today, August 10, 2013 we got the power hooked up to the house. It might sound like a baby step and not worthy of posting about on a blog. But I feel different. Getting the power installed where there has never been power before is a big step.

Tomorrow, August 11, 2013 I am going to run the power wires from the main breaker box on the pole to the AC unit. I am also going to install some plumbing lines so we can get the septic tank installed.

When my wife and I m0ved we brought a 10X8 shed with us. I need to repair some tin on the roof that was damaged during the move, then build a lean-to on the side for storing the tiller and lawn mower. Continue Reading….

First Observations On Free Ranging Chickens

Are you raising chickens as part of you long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI survival plan? If so, have you put much thought into how well your chickens are able to forage, and what type of land is available to the chickens?

During a collapse of society it will be critical for livestock to forage.

How do we know what chicken breeds are good at foraging and which ones should be avoided? I hope to do a series of articles on how well different chicken breeds cope with free ranging.

My wife and I recently moved to a rural area of southeast Texas. One of the first things we did after the move was let the chickens out to free range. The area directly behind the chicken yard is around 1 acre of cleared land, and then another 2 acres of timber.

When the 13 hens were being fed commercial laying pellets my wife and I were getting 8 – 12 eggs a day. Some of the hens are molting, so that may contribute to the fluctuation in laying patterns. We are also in the hottest part of the year with daytime temps reaching 100 degrees here in southeast Texas. Continue Reading….

Trying To Get Moved In August

My wife and I probably picked the worst month to move, and that is the first week of August.

August in Texas needs to be renamed “Hell” – June, July, Hell, September, October,,,,,. The combination of 100 degree heat, with high humidity, makes preforming any outside activity and experience in misery.

My wife and I moved to the farm we had our shed moved with us. During the move the back wall suffered some kind of wind damage and now needs to be replaced. The exterior wall is made out of some kind of wall board that looks like plywood, but is not plywood.

While the shed was being moved a brace between the skids also broke. Before the shed can be moved to the back of a field the brace has to be replaced, and I want to replace the exterior wall with sections of tin. I have the tin, it is just a matter of dealing with the heat to remove the damaged exterior wall and then put the tin on the building. Continue Reading….

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