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Old Nov 7th, 2017, 19:21 PM   101
Metanoia26
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Good luck getting your place properly fenced PitaKat it sounds great . Ultimately I just want to become more self sufficient soon, even if it takes us longer to go off grid and build my cob house.



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Old Nov 9th, 2017, 00:23 AM   102
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No I've never heard of keyhole gardening that sounds interesting. There are so many awesome ways to garden. I think swimming pool gardens are pretty cool too.



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Old Nov 19th, 2017, 00:37 AM   103
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Take two at butchering a cow! Set for thursday. Amazingly, we are getting the cow for free! Our neighbour has a lame heifer. We spoke to him a few months ago about buying her after she was fattened up and when he called by last week to say she was ready he told her we can have her for free! Being lame he cant sell her at the saleyards so she has no "value" to him I guess. I have been madly trying to find a pig to buy to get butchered as well. Unfortunately not having much luck. I found a big cull sow from a pasture raised farm, but i cant pick her up wednesdyor thursdayand we dont have anywhere to keep a pig for longer than that. The next pigs i found on a nearby hobbyfarm seemed promising - until she said the female is most likely pregnant. And everyone else only has weaners that still need to be grown out, as far as i can find. Waaah. I have been drooling at the thought of home cured ham and real smoked bacon...

We have a new goat. She is 7/8 nubian and 1/8 boer. Hopefully in kid to a registered nubian buck, and still in milk. She hs never been milked before so i am spending a month trying to get her used to it, and unless she obviously goes into heat meaning she definitely isnt pregnant, I will then dry her off . Going to get another of my does bred asap whenever i can find a buck so i can secure the future of my milk supply.

Crazily enough we still have our meat birds. They just never grew the way they are aupposed to. It looks like one is a rooster and 3 are hens so at this point i plan to keep them and let them breed and incubate all their eggs.

Speaking of eggs, ALL my chickens are egg eaters! I slaughtered the ones i thought were culprits, but am still not getting any eggs - one every few days. 13 hens and 4 roosters and at this point i have to assume they are all doing it and need to go to freezer camp, including my $120 hens



 
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Old Nov 20th, 2017, 15:18 PM   104
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The pig is definitely a go . Pickibg up a 120kg pasture raised sow tomorrow evening, keeping her in our trailer overnight and butcher comes thursdsy mid morning.
The pig will end up costing us about $6.70/kg and we are ending up with a free half a cow! Going to make my own ham and bacon for the first time.



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2017, 01:45 AM   105
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NDH this is a great thread! I just spent an hour reading it all. Really interesting to me! Though I live in a big city your chicken 'adventures' sound like mine _ except I breed tropical fish hahaha. Down to the males fighting to the death, some females never having eggs or eating them, culling etc. I draw the line at eating them though

Glad your new home is working out and that your family is happy there, you sound quite knowledgeable already, you really did your research.

Keep us posted



 
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