Entries Tagged ‘moving to the homestead’

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.

During the weekend of August 23, 24 and 25 I have some help coming over with equipment to put the septic tank and field line down.

After the septic tank is installed hopefully my wife and I can get moved into our house.

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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.

Things I need to get done:

Power to the house – check
Power to AC – working on it
Fix septic line
Get septic system installed – in the next couple of weeks
Get water run to the house

If you have any questions about the move post them in the comments section below.

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.

After the house is put in the next phase will be to put down the sewer system and water well.

Tomorrow (July 28, 2013) will be another day of moving stuff.

So Much Left To Do

If, and that is a big “if” everything goes to plan my wife and I should make our move to the homestead between the last week of July and the first week of August.

Things left to do

Clear some tree limbs for power lines.  The main trees have been cut, but some small limbs need to be cleared.

Stake out where the house is going.

Put down septic system.

Get power ran to house location.

Then there is the issue with water.  I have a friend who has a friend that drills water wells as a side job.

Build the chicken yard.  The chicken yard has to be ready for when we move the coop.  I have a responsibility to provide for and to protect my chickens.  There are a couple of small pine trees in and around the chicken yard that need to be cut down.  Over the next few weeks I hope to set the corner post, put the gates in and start running the wire.

Cut down a rather large pine tree that is leaning towards where the house is going.

Moving To The Homestead Part 4

Cutting limbs at the HomesteadNow that the loggers are finished, we can get a survey of how things look. So today my wife and I made a trip to the homestead. Man oh man, what a mess. Its not that the loggers left a mess, its the tree limbs that have to be removed before the logs can be hauled.

There are tree tops that had to be cut off before the trunks can be hauled.

A couple of the pine trees were forked at the top, so the fork had to be removed.

The top of a sweet gum tree is laying in a field, it needs to be cut up and burned.

Related ArticleMoving to the homestead part 1

Chicken Yard

Now that some of the trees and brush have been cleared out, I can get a good idea of how large the chicken yard can be. Why should I pay so much attention to stuff like the chicken yard? Because chickens and other small livestock are part of my long term SHTF survival plans.

Using a 25 foot tape measure, my wife and I were able to estimate the chicken yard to be 25 feet wide and 50 feet long. Which equals 1,250 square feet.

After my wife and I get moved, we want to increase our flock size to around 24 hens and a rooster. Lets go ahead and say 25 chickens.

In anther article we talked about how many chickens would be needed for a long term SHTF event.  In that article we gave a summer time low of around 30 laying hens, and a wintertime high of around 70 – 80 chickens.

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Moving To The Homestead Part 2

This is part 2 of a moving to the Homestead series.  See this link for part 1.

Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistWhere do you want to be in 10 years, how about 20 years?  That question is not about financial stability, or your career, where do you want to be physically in 10 years, what do you want your life to be like?

I want peace and quiet in my life.  I want a back porch where I can grill some steaks, listen to the wind blowing through the trees, hear the chickens,,, and that is all I want to hear, except maybe some music.

I want a small garden that my wife and I can get fresh food from.

I want my chickens to be able to free range as much as they want, because happy chickens lay plenty of eggs.

Where do I want to be next year (2013)?  I want to be living in peace and quiet. But first, my wife and I have to get there.

One of the things that has to be taken care of before we are able to put a house on the land, is some of the timber has to be cleared.  As much as I despise cutting trees, we have to make room for a home.  Not only room for a home, but the fence rows need to be cut.

Nobody has lived at the Homestead full time since the late 1970s, which was when my grandmother passed away. Mom and dad moved from the Jasper Texas area in the late 1970s and have lived in Bridge City for the past 35 years.

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Moving To The Homestead Part 1

The time has come to move to a rural area, get the farm setup with a garden and livestock. My wife I currently live about 4 miles outside Jasper Texas. Its time to move ever further away from town.

With the way this nation is heading, families need to be looking at how they are going to afford to buy food and provide basic essentials for their families. One example, my wife and I buy canned refried beans to make homemade burritos with. In the past 2 years the price of the canned beans has gone up almost 20%. I bet your wages have not gone up 20% in that same amount of time. The price of ground meat has gotten terrible. Pork chops used to be cheap, and now they cost a pretty penny.

At 44 years old I am getting too old to go back to school to retrain for a new career. Instead of waiting until the last minute to make my retirement plans, I want to start 20 – 25 years ahead of time.

This morning my wife and I made a trip to the farm, took some measurements and talked about what we wanted to do.  The main things we wanted to focus on were shelter, food, water and sewage.  These are the basic essentials that anyone would need during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI survival situation.

Farm diagram for Bug Out Location

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On the left side of the property is a wilderness area owned by a local timber company. Due to the way the terrain is laid out, nobody will ever be able to build there.

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A – Fence line is not the actual property line; I wanted enough room to drive a truck or bushhog between the house and garden and the fence line. A basic my wife and I started with was 10 feet. This should give us enough room to drive all the way around the garden and house.

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