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Old Jul 13th, 2016, 06:53 AM   31
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oh wow, that's awesome!!



 
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Old Jul 13th, 2016, 12:27 PM   32
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That's great NDH, way to take advantage of a good opportunity! Love chickens, they don't let anything go to waste. We should be getting some chickens next month, I'm so excited!



 
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Old Jul 14th, 2016, 10:12 AM   33
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Yep no waste around here - citrus peels, onion skins and avocado skins are the only things untouched when I take the scraps out

For a week or so I've been looking for a property to rentwe can homestead on since it'll be a while til we can start our own. I haven't seen any in both our price range (<$300/week) and in the optimal distance. Yesterday I decided to pray for the perfect house for us and today when I checked I found at least 5 that fit those requirements just listed! 2 turned out to be 30 minutes farther away than stated, 1 we're checking out possibly tomorrow but the internet situation might not make it suitable, 1 I haven't heard back about yet, and one is so nearly as perfect as it could be but I suspect its a little too far for dhs liking and he wont find the internet situation to his liking either. But its a fully solar, environmentally friendly house on tank water alongside a river in the rainforest on a bit of land for $300/week. Only mobile internet though, which is way too expensive (less than 1/10th of what we currently use for what we currently pay). So sadly I don't think it will work out but I will keep dreaming. The perfect arrangement will turn up. I would love somewhere with an already established garden, fruit trees and outbuildings (I can dream)

Anyway I spent the whole day researching goats and I want a couple now mire than ever. mmm fresh milk! Even just one milking a day (which we would do so the kids can stay with their mom)would yield us far more milk than we need and i should be able to sell the excess to help offset feeding costs (its illegal to sell unpasturised milk here for drinking but I've just learned you can get around that by advertising it for soapmaking ). Plus we can either sell or butcher the kids for our own food as well. I'm mostly just looking forward to fresh milk (and butter milking). I've already got my fence and shed planned out, and a list put together of all the supplies I'll need. Now I just need to finds place to rent...
So excited. It'll take at least a month or two after we find a place and move before we'll be ready for them though. So hard to wait already.



 
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Old Jul 14th, 2016, 10:44 AM   34
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This is such a cool thread! My dh and I plan to do sustainable living in the next 5 years. We are currently living with my parents on their 40 acres and going through a foreclosure on our town house. We have a nice apartment in their basement and the kids and I love helping out with the animals everyday! We have about 20 chickens, 45 meat birds (being butchered tomorrow), 4 turkeys, 4 ducks (my favorites!), 1 goat and 4 sheep. We butchered 2 cows last October and since they were mainly grass fed, some of the best meet I've eaten!

We haven't done much with gardening this year, but plan to do more next spring. My kids could live off eggs, lol, so having chickens in the backyard is awesome. And we are just enjoying the experiences of taking care of animals, so we have a better idea of how to do it in the future.

Ndh: we want milking goats too! My son has a cow milk allergy, so I'm hoping he will be able to drink goat milk instead. And I want to make cheese and soap, but now butter after you mentioned it!



 
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Old Jul 14th, 2016, 16:01 PM   35
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Welcome. . That sounds wonderful

The thing with goat butter is you have to use a cream separator if you don't have a lot of fridge space and time to skim a tiny bit of cream off the top and take a week or more to collect enough for a half pound of butter. I'm going to get a manual one that is also dual purpose as a butter churn.



 
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We've found a place up north for 300 a month. There are other homesteaders there with their trailers and RVs, some nice gentlemen is just subletting out his big quiet property. I think we will be making a move there soon

Good job on the chickens! Whatever they don't eat you can just toss in the compost

ETA: We want goats too! For grass, milk, butter, cheese.



 
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that sounds amazing!



 
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Old Jul 15th, 2016, 10:09 AM   38
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Ohhh reading these posts make me smile and daydream Yay for finding places and good luck to those who are continuing their search



 
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I decided to start a blog about my experiences as I prepare to start homesteading and eventually going off grid. If you want to know the URL send me a message I don't know what I will write about in the mean time though.



 
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Natalie great idea. Would love to follow you

I think I will blog here a little bit then maybe move to a different location.



 
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