My chickens are entertaining and a nutritious food source. I haven't been able to consistently have hens replace themselves. Brookings is a definite plus though!! I use a portable coop. A Justin Rhodes style chickshaw. It helps alot in eliminating manure hauling and spreading!!! Also with our long northern Michigan winters it means I can move the birds close to the house in cold weather and farther in the summer!! Our birds eat snow in winter and drink water in warm weather which not only eliminates a tough winter chore but also has eliminated frozen toes and combs.
On our property we have a creek running through from northwest to about midsouth. It's very attractive to birds and much other wildlife. We widened out four spots on it as a sort of experiment dabbling in pondering. After that we ran pigs around in roughly same area but a bit above to help clear out a bit of land
The pigs created allows which along with the ponds quickly filled up with frogs. Toads also increased. We have lots of trees which attract lots of birds. Our snow in fall,winter and spring waters birds as well as any big or little spot of water.
The past summer we had a fairly long dry spell. In the past deer were eating my garden when that happened and I theorized that the deer were thirsty as well as hungry. This last time they left my garden alone so I believe the one pond which didn't dry up kept them satisfied. We don't see that many of the animals that stop for a drink but we see footprints in the snow and in the mud.
Carob will grow in moderate cold climate places such as Indiana. It does have a chocolate like flavor and is naturally mildly sweet. They planted carob in schoolyard sometimes back in the good old days because it would be a nice snack for the school children they also often planted apple trees near schools for the same reason.
This fall when I was in Scotland I had a wonderful seafood pie topped as a Shepherd's pie is with potatoes and cheese. It was wondeful and when I got home I made one which was also wondeful!! Hooray for pie!!
It's a comprehensive book with lots of material in it. It can be difficult to find what you are looking for in it. This is why I won't give it 10 acorns. But the book covers so much territory that it is very useful to anybody who wants to do for themselves rather than buying it ready made in almost any catagory imaginable.
It also contains an interesting sprinkling of autibiographical material which is at times inspiring and at others somewhat of a tearjerker since her life was full of bumps and bruises. The attempt she and her husband made to open a school of country living for example is a sad tale which ended with the closing of the school. And ulitmately the couple divorced which is also a sad aspect. Carla continued to write and to travel doing workshops for those who would like to hone their writing skills. I attended one of her workshops. It was very good!
This series is entertaining and informative! I turn to it often as a soothing source of hope but also as a source of information and inspiration. These folks in the mountains of the Carolinas knew so much about so much and explain it so well that it is possible to do as they did. Some of the life they lived is no longer done so this information is invaluable for that reason. I will be always be grateful for this resource.
I bought some of the books as a new to the country but not raised there gal and also a newlywed and then new mother who wanted to be able to do more and buy less. I was butchering chickens and canning with one hand holding a book when I couldn't get a neighbor to teach me how. Books are so available and so portable! Now 40+ years later I still look up ideas in the Foxfire series when I'm trying to puzzle out the possibilities.
https://youtube.com/shorts/RxnPU1DlPrU?si=KaV1itdrYTBIOYbg Here is a good quick bit of teaching by Dr. Ellie. I've benefited this year from her information. As some have said and she explains elsewhere many foods can heal our mouths especially if they are the last ones we eat at a meal. Some of these include cheddar cheese, raspberries, strawberries and apples.
I've seen a couple of folks in this and other threads on similar topics mention xylitol in comments. And there have been alarmed responses saying that it can kill a dog or that it might be bad for your digestive health.
I personally began looking into it a few months ago. I went to the dentist for a checkup and was told that my oral health was wretched and that it would be necessary for me to have a very deep cleaning to get rid of tartar or plaque so I would need the cleaning today and very soon another one which would be much more intensive. That did not sound good to me.
I decided to continue looking on the internet for other options. I wanted healing. What I found was information about how use of a small amount of xylitol several times a day would change the bacteria in my mouth from what it was, harmful creatures who were busily building colonies similar to barnacles on ships. To a different sort which would coat my mouth with a film of good guys and make my saliva increase so that my oral health in general would go up. I found drellie.com who also explains that flossing often and thoroughly can rip around your teeth causing more problems
So I have followed her idea and only flossed where and when I've had something lodged in my teeth or gums which I could only remove that way. I stopped using the electric toothbrush which she says harbors bad bacteria as an electric brush. I use toothpaste with xylitol in it now, my fav is made by Remond Salt and I chew xylitol gum and the hard candies after meals sometimes or put a small bit of the xylitol crystals in my mouth and swish them. The plaque in my mouth is down considerably!! I don't feed xylitol to any of my animals. I keep it away from them. Honestly, it's not the only thing I have around the homestead that it toxic.
My digestion is just fine. I say do a little research on it. She's not the only dentist out there recommending it. I'm glad I did.
I've read of dying chicks by putting dye inside the shell with a syringe. Don't remember any details. The pic also made me wonder if the hen could have been fostering birds that were not chickens. Hens and other fowl will adopt anything they hatch or think they hatched because it was slipped under them carefully.i got a duck to hatch chicks once . She was really confused by her nest of nonducklings. Surprising pic for sure!!
Love your riddle!! So true. I well remember a time when hubby and I were struggling with devastating news of my father in law's crippling accident. When I stopped by a friend's house she remarked that she really was at a loss for words so she would simply give me a smile to take with me as we headed to the hospital! I thought of that bright smile often over the weeks ahead!
I have a wooden ladle that was my great grandmother's and a butter paddle that was my hubby's grandmother's. Both are still usable so wood definitely can last! They were both oiled or greased regularly which prote ts against cracking or fuzzing.
Liver can be used as a binder in any sausage. That's the main way I use mine. It doesn't take a lot so I generally freeze then in one pound or half pound amounts. The hearts I package with the chickens to be baked or fried with them and gizzard are great to grind by themselves for ground chicken which I cook just like any ground meat patty. I have played around with liver wurst recipes a little
Bit have not yet found a favorite. That's on my list though.
One thing I don't like about feeding thrown away produce to my hens, Pigs, broilers is the things that have been sprayed on those foods which I eat if my animals eat them. I live in the country though and have found in season, towards the end there are lots of things folks will give away from their homesteads if they know you will thank them. One couple who live nearby lamented this fall that nobody wants their unsprayed apples because they are so used to the perfect looking store apples. So true, there are many who don't want it unless it's wrapped in plastic.But for me, even the bad apples are useful for hen and rabbit treats.
The last day of yard sales at the end of the day is also a good time to get what's left free or very cheap. Also over the years we've had lots and lots of materials, and items such as kitchen cupboards, sinks, windows, plants, trees even bags of sawdust left from construction and remodel which we've brought home and used or given away to others. We once tore down a small addition on our road with two other couples for the materials which all of us had plans for and enjoyed keeping it from being caved in and burned. I heard about that opportunity while I was a volunteer with the local fire department.
Many folks appreciate being able to give something away rather than having to toss it away. Many professions and lifestyles include an opportunity to remove all kinds of things.
So do tell others what you want or appreciate and sometimes you'll get a call asking if you would like this or that.
Also I've known people who raised animals butchered them, but didn't want some parts of the animal. When I heard and offered to take those parts the offer was happily accepted.
Whe one of my daughters worked at an organic farm and market she brought home cases of not good enough to sell produce.
Just ask around!
Now that everyone does permaculture you have folks shoulder to shoulder in your home and peeking in the windows, eager to help you!! It is a bit much to deal with all this eager appreciation of their new found love and of you their permaculture buddy!!!
I would like a pretty sandy path winding from to driveway to the door on which I could happily walk barefoot spring, summer and fall.
Simple! Your pole shed didn't collapse! It was only athe subject of a vivid nightmare! When you awoke , panting and white knuckles it was such a relief to realize that whole shed idea was so real but noo........
I would like to have the pile of dirty dishes, clean, stacked in the cupboard and ready to reuse.
Your very mature food stinks to high heaven even though it is all dumped among the big old trees on your homestead. The heaps and heaps of ever more maturing food are a bit overwhelming. Better get some heavy equipment to pour some carbon on top quick!! Yikes!
I would like new interesting looking, sweet smelling, two seater, willow feeding outhouse.
Your mending is completedby a very proud duo of my two year old grandson and his four year old sister working/playing in tandem. Their proud smiles are bigger than yours as you survey the results of needle, thread and scissors in those busy little hands.....
I would like a normal size fishpond with a small waterfall to aerate it.
I really like the emphasis on what one person can do.
Something that hasn't been directly mentioned is learning how to treat, illness and injuries and childbirth naturally. There is soooo much around us no matter what part of the world we are on that can be used. I have been learning and learning and learning and learning. As I learn I have opportunities to use what I have learned. As a former volunteer medical first responder with a small rural fire department, and former certified nurse aide and trained medical tech ,through which I learned how to do lots of basic care of others, I have had more and more desire to move away from hospital based medical care. There is so much good which comes out of looking at all the opportunities to treat without focusing on a hospital as the goal post.
So far this year some of my opportunities include: I stopped a growing allergic reaction on a foot with bruised plantain, healed a dog bite starting to get infected with st. John's wort oil, healed cat bites and scratches with salt, delivered a baby and got the mother snuggled down and nursing when the midwife didn't make it in time, treated throat and lung irritation with herb teas.
The encouragement on here is invaluable!!
In the same list others are referencing, there is mostly plurals. So, meat should be meats and bread listed as breads for consistent treatment.
Other than that much of the text could be edited down for clarity into fewer words.
I do carpentry and homesteading. As a woman who short but not thin I find pants at a farm supply or sporting goods store work best. They are built for rugged use and have big pockets. For shirts I like to go to yard sales on the last day in the country. Last summer I found an enormous supply of new and almost new cotton buttoned shirts long sleeved and short and a couple of jackets for 50 cents and a dollar each.
Generally men's clothes are made better than women's if your goal like mine, is to get some work done and look decent in public. I have some things to wear at home that work well but don't look good enough to wear out on a job. I've also been able to get socks second hand.work jackets also are available at farm stores and sporting goods stores. I just watch for a sale. Mine have lasted a couple of years. As a former volunteer fire and rescue team member I know good clothing makes a lot of difference when you are trying to get a job done. Bad clothing is a distraction and a deterrent. Cotton is my top choice.
One thing I haven't seen mentioned is a trivet. On a wood stove you can reheat by putting a frying pan, or Dutch oven on a trivet. Or you can put a pan within a Dutch oven to reheat just as you can to bake the first time. Also there definitely is the factor of remaking the leftovers into something else. You can add a sauce, some cheese, some other leftover or new veggies, broth, meat scraps. A bit of food can be used this way to become the next meal again and again with just a bit of tweaking. A fun way to use your imagination!
I've got a microwave but I prefer to reheat and reimagine food other ways. The end product is better for you and tastier!!