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I am the only person I know that has never owned a cell phone and never will, The story still freaks me out none the less.
I was going to go on about how humanely ending somethings life is an oxymoron but i let that out on somebody else today lol,
there are so many methods, my old step dad would walk up behind a chicken while it was scratching and pecking and knock its head right off , instant death, a nice size stick or dowel will do it, my neighbor will pet the chicken than snap its neck quickly once its calm. most people will say the use of a butcher cone would be the most human but thats only because they dont have to watch the body flop around so its easier on the butcher. you can kill it and leave in in a cone to drain blood for a while if you kill them any other way you have to wait for them to stop jumping before you hang them for draining. A butcher cone is what most hand processing facilities use.
depends on the breed some chickens will not get anywhere near 200 eggs per year while others will go to over 300, some lay nearly year round some lay enough to hatch out twice a year. I would keep an egg laying bird for more than a year, probably 3 maybe 4 for a good bird. there are stories of a breed developed by the University of Arkansas that at 4 years old still lay 5 eggs per week.
Most people like buff orpingtons, or any rock breed for a first time duel purpose bird. I would stick with a pure bloodline , stay away from mutts, If you breed some nice chickens they can bring in a pretty penny, a mixed breed rooster isn’t worth much.
you also need to consider your climate when picking a breed. Some simply wont lay in the cold and others dont handle heat well at all.
I spent 13 years on a chicken farm and I am about to start one
we get a bar of service sometimes two, with a service booster and a wireless hotspot generator my wife plans to connect we will have to see how good the connection is. it only has to be good enough to check her work email
I live in Mcdonald county its the farthest southwest county in missouri. I cleared about half an acre earlier this year besides that Its nothing but oak, walnut, and dogwoods. I got two payments left on mine ,very excited.
I have lived just a couple miles away for 13 years so i knew what to expect wether wise, I did watch the sun for well over a year before designing my house, happy I did,the first place I wanted to build was in a really dark low spot prone to flooding. It took a while but I got the perfect spot nice and high with plenty of light yet enough tree coverage to shade the house in summer.
My tiny house is built 12 x 20. it was a lot easier since plywood comes in 4×8 you need three pieces for the front/ back and and no extra cut on the subfloor.
hi neighbor! My 15 is in sw missouri , no building restrictions. cant wait to see what you build, I am getting close to done with my tiny cabin, its livable just not done.
A house built on a trailer would get you around building codes. I would dig out a space to park it and put another roof over for extra protection, maybe a living roof for fun.
first thing I looked at when buying my land was building restritions.
they breed like rabbits ;) and rabbit poo is good for you garden , I want to get some as soon as I am off full time. Craigslist can get you a bunch of cheep/free rabbits every day of the week.
some chickens dont go broody often , If you have any chicken that goes broody I would keep it. A broody mama that isnt afraid to get up once a day a drink and eat is a keeper. If the chicken just sits there till its about dead I wouldnt.
Best layers are those that lay the most reliably. some chickens will lay 4 a week for most of the year while others might lay 3 a week for half the year. in that case you know what one to keep.
Its hard to decide what to build, I am going to start another house as soon as I am done with this one. Before I built the building I used to camp out in my woods every weekend, the one weekend i didnt a gigantic tree fell exactly in my camping spot, be careful out there. lol
i want a building to use for a year or two just a shell. my neighbor were i live now will eventually help me with a stone slipform building. i know what i want.
if you have a good natural mortar mix i will gladly hear thatMarch 14, 2012 at 12:00 am in reply to: #66181
i am already so much less stressed and i am not even out there yet,, at least i can go whenever i want, i can wait to be out there for good, i cant wait for chickens, and sheep. i am going to go cutting down some trees this weekend, the Forrest is so dense you cant outreach you arms and turn without hitting a couple saplings . that would be my guess as to why the land was less than 1k an acre. there are 3 flat hilltops thoughMarch 6, 2012 at 12:00 am in reply to: #66128
ty we are very excited, a little nervous. cant wait. i was lucky /unlucky enough
to work for the worlds worst retailer and after 5 years i had enough, just cashed my 401k and bought my land . this will be a welcomed change
ty bikechuck every little bit of info helps. i didn’t realize they had marine grade plywood great to know.