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