That was a little more than two years ago, and I'M BACK!
This time, my family of SIX has converted an old school but into RV so that we can travel America featuring THE greatest sustainable yards, homesteads and market farms.
Paul Wheaton is on the list of folks to see.
So is Curtis Stone, Rob Avis, Diego Footer, Jack Spirko, Greg Judy, Dan Ohmann and on and on and on...
You can see more of the folks we plan to visit, here.
We'll be creating YouTube Videos every single day of the adventure and uploading them to my channel.
But, we're also creating a feature length documentary film after we're finished.
The documentary will be something you can touch (physical DVD's of the film, T-shirts and Mugs available).
You can watch the documentary in one evening, and you'll see interviews (from us and the farmers we visit) that won't be on YouTube.
To do all this filming and uploading I'm gonna have to have reliable mobile power and consistent internet access. This can be expensive, but I know the publicity this project will generate will be a HUGE step forward in the regenerative lifestyle movement.
NOTE: I'm offering an incredible deal on the documentary (get the download for just $15). Plus, I'm throwing in video BONUSES only available to my KS backers. Organic T's and Stainless Steel Mugs also available
I should clarify. Daily chores... the ones I mentioned in the video: Letting the birds out/putting them up, feeding them, watering them and getting the eggs takes even less than 10 minutes. I was being conservative there.
Oh my gosh, yes, as you progress you watch for breeding qualities, optimize production, incorporate working strategies and create your own feeding systems.
You have to know, this video "Getting starting with Chickens..." is for beginners. Beginners who ask questions like, "do chickens have to be on flat ground?" or "do they need housing?" These simple kind of things. We've long forgotten all the questions we had when we just began.
I get into a little more advanced stuff with my 3rd video and even more in my movie.
As for the spacing. I give em no more than a square foot inside their "hotel". As it's just that, a hotel. As for the 3 square feet, that's a minimum recommendation I have for folks. For the most part, people aren't near the permaculture complete sustainability mindset... yet.
For complete sustenance off of the land, I say 6 birds per half-acre, but that's not what I'm talking about in the video and it's not who I was trying to help. Over 50% of my fans either don't have chickens yet or they're in their rookie year.
I'm starting at the beginning and walk people through from there.
"the smiley one" is right, email is where it's at.
And, social media is NO place to sell(but it's a killer place to collect emails).
28K is very impressive BTY, great job (I look up to you).
Ok, back to my story of 700 emails. I call it the "social butterfly tour":
1. Join every single (related) FB group and participate a little.
2. Join the top 72 (related) FB pages and participate a little.
3. Write an epic article. I mean 3K - 5K words on "how to" do something (with lots of high quality photo's). Take a week to do it. It took me several weeks to post the ChicShaw article.
4. Create a leadmagnet for that specific article that the folks may want to download to complitment that article (like a checklist or plans)
5. Use LeadPages.net to create a "leadbox" to collect emails from those who want the lead magnet.(the get send the download automatically and you have a new subscriber)
6. Now, when the article is done, go and post it to your groups and pages (most of them will love you for it).
7. Be sure to reply to comments (it's the kind thing to do: speak when spoken to).
8. Celebrate! I posted the ChickShaw article to my list and through the "social butterfly tour" and got more than 700 emails in 5 days (more will come for years to come) and over 2K shares on Facebook.
9. If you don't have "daily-ish" content, set up an automatic "drip" campaign with Aweber (mentioned above) or Active Campaign. Active Campaign, if you want to get a little more sophisicated and move folks around in email campaigns based on actions.
10. Give, Give, Give (then sell). Give 3X as much as you sell. Like Cassie, give great discussions, photo's, resources, then pitch something. Or like me, give 3 informational emails and pitch something on the fourth. Giving builds trust and authority, then folks are much happier to do business with you. And, if you have a great product/service then everyone's happy.
P.S. Take a lesson from Cassie by reading her emails. She's a most excellent copywriter (sales writing). Two things to look for and "copy" from her writing:
Thanks for the suggestion. Actually, it does go through to the other side. I can see how that's not clear in the description and picture. I'll see if I can clear it up a bit and add a picture where you can see that's it's attached on both sides of each wheel.
We just wrapped up 10 days of filming, and things couldn't have gone any better:
Here's some behind the scenes photo's:
Here I show how to manage broody hens to hatch your own eggs:
Check out the garden to the right. I'm talking about how I used the chickens to till, compost, mulch and plant that garden. Yes, I said plant. I didn't plant a single seed. I just threw in veggie scraps and the chickens spread the seeds.
Here the "Beautiful One" shows how to cook various egg and chicken dishes:
The video guy uploads some footage:
Jim Adkins on how to breed your own flock:
Pat Foreman in with her backyard flock on how to manage chickens when their illegal:
Interviewing Joel about profiting on chickens and his personal success:
Getting ready to fly the drone over Joel's "millennium feathernet":
Joseph, I think I might add something about how to prepare for that possibility.
Once I had a flock of 15 and a racoon got in their coop, couldn't get out and killed all but one.
I think Harvey Ussery tells the story of a breeder who lost their prize rooster. The owner quickly called some of her customers (of eggs that happened to be fertilized by that rooster) who had already refrigerated the eggs. Sure enough, she was able to hatch out some offspring!
I love Tracy's idea. Too bad there is not as many homesteaders as there used to be. We just might have to travel a bit further to make that happen.
Thanks for the replies. I've been using Premier 1 for the fencing for years (all year round) and it's been amazing. I haven't ever used anything else, and haven't needed to. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something else superior.
I didn't have any luck with my Zareba energizers. I've been using Parmak for my solar and plug-in chargers and have had good success.
Hey, I'm wondering what kinds of electric fence everyone is using. I've been using Premier 1 for fencing and energizers from Tractor supply (Zareba). I love the fence, but the energizers don't seem to last. What have you had good luck with?
I've got a punch press in my basement, in which I make retainer wires for straightening teeth. It's a part time gig I've had for almost 16 years now. I make them for my dad, who sells them to orthodontic salesmen.
I agree. Over the last year, I've developed a new found determination to succeed; to provide for my family, improve the world around me and help others. I feel like there's endless opportunities, and if I just keep working at it (especially through the failures), I will eventually come out on top!
As Peter Diamandis says in his book, BOLD, "Fail early, fail often and fail forward".
Jay Green, are you still doing this with the Cornish Cross? I'd be interested in using some of your story and pics for an upcoming article I'm writing. Please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org