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Homesteading Thread #1, In Honor of Granny
billyjoesfoodfarm ^ | 12/30/2012 | me

Posted on 12/30/2012 6:33:21 PM PST by teenyelliott

So, I'm sure at least one person here on FR has wondered what happened to me, maybe two of you. Before I really really stopped posting, many of us had discussed the possibility, and or the desire, to get out of the city to our own little homesteads and try to grow some food, for security, for peace of mind, for whatever reason.

Well, my family did it.

Two years ago we made the jump. We bought a place in the country, and have spent the past couple of years setting up our little homestead. We have a big garden, many chickens, some ducks, some guineas, some sheep, some goats, and a barn for all of them. A woodstove, a hand pump well, even a solar chicken coop.

Any of my old pals, and any new ones, come check us out! Would be pleased to hear from you, and share what we are learning.

Please ping any of my old buddies that you know of; I seem to have misplaced my old ping list!


TOPICS: Food; Gardening; Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: gardening; homesteading; livestock; stinkbait; survival
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Would love to hear from any of you who have done the same!

1 posted on 12/30/2012 6:33:27 PM PST by teenyelliott
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To: teenyelliott

Hey stranger! Good to see you again!


2 posted on 12/30/2012 6:50:58 PM PST by null and void (Socialism: Equal parts dumb and evil, in a blender.)
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To: teenyelliott

YOU didn’t build that!


3 posted on 12/30/2012 6:52:13 PM PST by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: teenyelliott

Good doings. I have the land, the house the chickens and I hope soon the garden and the green house.


4 posted on 12/30/2012 6:54:04 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; Skooz; metmom; BJClinton; EveningStar; Fintan; rattrap; exile; samiam1972; ...
ping to you few, I think most of my people aren't around anymore. You guys have anyone to add?

Was fun going through my old messages, names I haven't heard in years!

I'll add some farm photos in just a minute...

welcome to my blog, gunner ;)

5 posted on 12/30/2012 6:57:35 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: null and void

Howdeedo!! I tell you, going through all these old names really made me miss the joint. Good to see you too.


6 posted on 12/30/2012 6:59:22 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: Mark
Mark, I know, I know, without Algore none of this would be possible.

That, and the Benevolent Overlord, Mr. Hussein himself, allowing me to have it. It is mine for the moment, I suppose.

7 posted on 12/30/2012 7:01:42 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: Chickensoup
Chickensoup, check this one out. So beautiful, it's on my list for spring, when the gardening fairy comes.

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8 posted on 12/30/2012 7:04:52 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott
Butcher Day was a satisfying read. Even with a sharpened axe, the stump method failed. Wow. Poor rooster.

Good luck.

9 posted on 12/30/2012 7:05:09 PM PST by deadrock
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To: teenyelliott

very nice. I am planning a stone lean-to like the one seen in Backwoods Home a few years ago. I went and visited it upstate and looked it over. I am hoping once my son has his heavy equipment certification to start laying the foundation.


10 posted on 12/30/2012 7:09:01 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: teenyelliott

very nice. I am planning a stone lean-to like the one seen in Backwoods Home a few years ago. I went and visited it upstate and looked it over. I am hoping once my son has his heavy equipment certification to start laying the foundation.


11 posted on 12/30/2012 7:09:01 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: DEADROCK
Yep, poor rooster is right. The live and learn part of this can be kind of rough for the livestock.

However, after seeing that happen, I will never hesitate.

12 posted on 12/30/2012 7:10:43 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Off the grid. It’s a dream for me.

You go!


13 posted on 12/30/2012 7:15:10 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Chickensoup

Do you have a photo of it? Sounds lovely. Anything made of stone would be nice.


14 posted on 12/30/2012 7:15:25 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Arrgh..!
I like Pirate talk.
“Beertender! Grog and whore for me and me men!”


15 posted on 12/30/2012 7:17:34 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: unixfox
unixfox, we're not off the grid yet, but trying. It takes a very long time, for us anyway, to remove ourselves completely from the only way of life we have ever known. Neither my husband nor I grew up on farms.

The point of my blog is that if I can do it, me of all people, you can too!!

16 posted on 12/30/2012 7:19:07 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: unixfox
unixfox, we're not off the grid yet, but trying. It takes a very long time, for us anyway, to remove ourselves completely from the only way of life we have ever known. Neither my husband nor I grew up on farms.

The point of my website is that if I can do it, me of all people, you can too!!

17 posted on 12/30/2012 7:19:21 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

I did my hard drive crashed but you might search greenhouse at the backwoodshome site.


18 posted on 12/30/2012 7:20:07 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: teenyelliott

Thanks for the encouragement! I wish you all the best!


19 posted on 12/30/2012 7:22:00 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Lancey Howard
Galldangit, it wasn't pirate talk, it was British talk!

You did make me spit out loud, though.

20 posted on 12/30/2012 7:22:31 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Here in Pennsylvania we have six chickens living in a Taj Mahal coop I spent most of the spring months building. We got three inches or snow yesterday, it’s cold and windy, and we’re still getting eggs! Not the four to six eggs we got daily during the summer, but one or two a day.

Guess what tomorrow’s project is? I’m supposed to supply electricity to the coop for a heat lamp and for the water thing (so the water doesn’t freeze). I asked my wife if the chickens needed a flat screen TV and a microwave, too.

Anyway, chickens are cool.


21 posted on 12/30/2012 7:26:51 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: teenyelliott

Neat!

I already had “liked” your Facebook page sometime back.


22 posted on 12/30/2012 7:28:46 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Lancey Howard
Ha! You know, since you are giving them all the amenities, if you put a light on them they will lay more for you. It is the length of day, not temp, that dictates how much they lay. You have to trick their tiny brains.

I'd love to see a photo of your coop if you have one. I really like to see how other people set their places up.

And yeah, chickens are cool. But the ducks are my favorites, hands down.

23 posted on 12/30/2012 7:32:25 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: Lancey Howard
Ha! You know, since you are giving them all the amenities, if you put a light on them they will lay more for you. It is the length of day, not temp, that dictates how much they lay. You have to trick their tiny brains.

I'd love to see a photo of your coop if you have one. I really like to see how other people set their places up.

And yeah, chickens are cool. But the ducks are my favorites, hands down.

24 posted on 12/30/2012 7:32:25 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: Lancey Howard
. I asked my wife if the chickens needed a flat screen TV and a microwave, too.

Spartan!

No Internet service?

25 posted on 12/30/2012 7:35:14 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Eaker
Yep, I remember. And then stupid facebook did a stupid thing and made it even more difficult to get all your friends/interests listed consistently in your newsfeed. If you don't comment every now and then on the pages that you like, or click like every now and then on the stuff they post, fb just fades the ones you don't intereact with away.

They are always changing things, so I never know who is actually seeing my stuff anymore. GAH bunchanazis

26 posted on 12/30/2012 7:37:26 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Look what the cat dragged in!


27 posted on 12/30/2012 7:38:00 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: teenyelliott

Well apparently I have forgotten how to use FR, what with all my double posts.


28 posted on 12/30/2012 7:39:40 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: combat_boots

Well well well, lookee there! How’s it going, cb??!!


29 posted on 12/30/2012 7:42:00 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Very cool and very inspiring.

Best of luck to you and your husband.


30 posted on 12/30/2012 7:42:16 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: teenyelliott
Our newest dairy goat, Hazel. She is a Nigerian Dwarf, born this past June.

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31 posted on 12/30/2012 7:44:01 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott
It is the length of day, not temp, that dictates how much they lay.

That's what we understood, but two of our chickens apparently didn't get the memo. We got two eggs on December 21st, the shortest day of the year.

Our six chickens are six different breeds, but they are all alleged to be "cold hardy". All I can remember is that one is a "Buff Orpington" and another is a "Polish Tophat". My wife selected and bought them all, so she knows all the breed names. The Buff lays an egg every day.

The Polish Tophat lays eggs that are supermarket white. Another chicken lays blue eggs. The rest lay brown ones. All of them are tasty as can be.

32 posted on 12/30/2012 7:44:21 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
Half of our flock is Buff Orpington, they are a very good egg layer. The other half is Barred Plymouth Rock, another old timey breed known for egg laying. I think BO hens will lay even after they are dead.

I'm pretty sure most of the heritage breeds are cold hardy, you just have to watch the bigger combed breeds for frostbite. Other than that, my birds don't mind the cold. It is the heat that they don't like. We string little water misters all over the chicken yard, and they hunker down under those, panting.

We had 25 hens, and during the warmer months we were getting about two dozen eggs a day. We gave some hens to a friend and a couple got eaten by raccoons, but even with 20 hens we were getting way too many eggs to even give away! Now during the coldest months, we usually get three or four a day. They are so much better than store eggs.

33 posted on 12/30/2012 7:55:44 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Oh, my goodness, teeny! That is quite something! And might I add, it’s really good to see you back. Perhaps I can attribute even that to the benevolence of B0. We all need to try harder to appreciate him. It sure as heck doesn’t come naturally to me.

Hope your Christmas has been merry, teeny!


34 posted on 12/30/2012 7:58:10 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: teenyelliott
Our two other dairy goat babies; Alice is the deer looking one (Nubian), and Black Betty is the, well, the black one (La Mancha). Remember that song, whoa, Black Betty, bamalam...that is where my nine year old got the name.

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35 posted on 12/30/2012 7:58:45 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
Yes, it was the benevolence of our government that convinced me and hubby that we needed to get out of the city, before the masses stop getting their checks!

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas too! What was your favorite gift this year?

36 posted on 12/30/2012 8:02:12 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott
My awesome old tractor that I found on craigslist...reminds me of somethings off of CARS, with an old hillbilly voice...

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37 posted on 12/30/2012 8:05:33 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott
Some lettuce that I grew that came back from the seed of the lettuce the year before! Did you know you can just let a couple go to seed, and you will have lettuce year after year.

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

38 posted on 12/30/2012 8:07:34 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Hey teeny! Thanks for the ping. A LOT has happened since we last touched base. Glad you are well.


39 posted on 12/30/2012 8:11:38 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: teenyelliott
Beautiful!

Signed,
vinaigrette

40 posted on 12/30/2012 8:11:38 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: teenyelliott

It’s good to see you return! Mrs. Outrider and I did the off the grid shuffle back in ‘09. Posted a series on the move on NW_Arizona_Granny’s threads back then.

It’s a great adventure going “Galt”! Humbling as well... So where did you end up?


41 posted on 12/30/2012 8:18:21 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: teenyelliott

S’ok here.

Good to see the farm and pix.

Happy New Year!


42 posted on 12/30/2012 8:22:26 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: teenyelliott
Our little lamb Rosie...

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43 posted on 12/30/2012 8:24:10 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: Skooz

A lot HAS happened! What’s going on with you these days?


44 posted on 12/30/2012 8:25:40 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott

Good luck to you, te! I missed you not posting. You have your hands full cutting out a new lifestyle for your family! Love your website.


45 posted on 12/30/2012 8:36:43 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: JDoutrider
You know, Granny's threads were instrumental in our decision. I was so sad to hear when she passed. She was a good woman, and those threads are just so great. I must have missed when you made the jump. I was going to post over there, too, but haven't yet. Are they still there?

It is a very humbling experience, but we are so much better off. It's great for the kids, too. We ended up in the Kansas countryside; very few rules around here, which is the way we like it.

46 posted on 12/30/2012 8:36:52 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: SaraJohnson
Sara, we absolutely have been busy. I try not to pay too much attention to the news anymore, rather focus my energies in attempting to make whatever happens with this crazy government less of an issue for my family.

Although I have to say, being back here and seeing familiar faces does feel rather cozy. :)

47 posted on 12/30/2012 8:40:33 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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To: teenyelliott
You might try a flock of heirloom turkeys.

And the goat milk makes great yogurt and cheese, and make some chedder cheese so it will last.

48 posted on 12/30/2012 8:44:13 PM PST by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: teenyelliott
Well apparently I have forgotten how to use FR, what with all my double posts.

It's not just you, FR has been stutter posting for a while.

49 posted on 12/30/2012 8:51:57 PM PST by null and void (Socialism: Equal parts dumb and evil, in a blender.)
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To: spokeshave
I have thought of adding Bourbon Reds or Jersey Buffs next year. Do you have turkeys and goats? What kind?

Our does won't be ready to breed until spring, and then probably only the Nigerian Dwarf will breed, the other two not till fall. So we are a ways off from having milk.

50 posted on 12/30/2012 8:53:17 PM PST by teenyelliott (www.billyjoesfoodfarm.com OR www.facebook.com/BillyJoesFoodFarm)
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