I have no idea about the process, but I'm pretty sure declawing is more than clipping, because they don't grow back. I'm not defending the process and would never have it done, I'm just saying the cat was that way when we it adopted us.
So we toss some chicken feed to the chickens in the morning. Chickens eat it, but also the wild birds come. The cat finds her hiding spot. It scares away many birds and so less hen scratch is wasted. The chickens are unafraid of the cat, the cat is afraid of them. When the chickens are full, the wild birds come, and the cat catches one occasionally., usually doves This is more impressive than normal because when we got the cat it already had the front claws de-clawed. The cat eats a little of the dove and then the chickens come and steal the dove from the cat and eat it.
Once the cat ran away from the chickens, got in the house with a dove in its mouth. Them my wife yelled at the cat, the cat dropped the dove, the dove started flying around in the house, eventually shewed out with a toy light saber. Should have got that on camera. Today, instead the cat more or less gave the dove straight to the hens as soon as she killed it.
I found what I think is "broad-leaved dock" or a close relative in the alley behind my house. I dug up some and transferred it to my backyard and the chickens loved it. Probably too much for it to survive unless I spread a bunch of seeds.
First, I think this could go in 2-3 subforums, so hopefully it is ok to put this here.
I'm trying to devise the most realistic game plan for how I could transition to a rural agriculture permaculture lifestyle from a suburban lower middle class life. Household income in ~10,000 per person, so options are limited. Kids are currently ages 3-9, so in a few years I'll have lots of helping hands, but definitely not yet.
I'd like thoughts to improve this, as well as specifics. I'll be looking at land in Texas east of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. A little ways west of the area is cactus land, and east of us is agriculture land and 100 miles east is pine forest.
Here is a super rough strategy for my case.
First, find and buy cheap land when I can afford it, that is cheap because standard agriculture would not be easy without terraforming. Around North Texas, that usually means land in flood plains, but also hilly areas. Such land is often zoned, taxed, or used as timber land, recreational land, or hunting land. I don't know the precise differences, but no average person can afford taxes on land without some type of agricultural exemption. I'm not sure if timber land is a subset or separate.
Next: What minimalist permaculture terraforming would be appropriate for a flood plain to become a food forest? Maybe intentionally deepening some of the land to make ponds and add aquaculture?
Third, seed the land with permaculture appropriate self sustaining crops, especially food trees. One of the common area food trees as common as weeds are pecan trees, but I have no idea how they would do in a flood plain. Supposedly they put taproots down as deep as they are tall. For 10 years I've been chopping one down at the ground because it is too near our pool and it keeps coming back. Beehives could also be established early.
Those stages above are where I'd like the most advice. What all would you plant on such land and environment, that you can let it grow on land you can hardly visit for several years while I continue the cubicle rat race? Start the land on the process of preparing itself unattended.
Maybe after a few years, build a low cost barn that could double as rough housing and prepare the land for livestock. Occasional longer stays by the wife and kids as I run the cubicle rat race to pay for it.
Eventually I should have enough savings to make a move and abandon the cubicle, build a house, and be mostly self sufficient and productive enough to make an income.
Other risks: The DFW metroplex will require more lakes to be created for urban water needs. They "eminent domain" land and if the land is already low and in a flood plain, there is more risk that land I buy would be taken.
I work for Dallas ISD, and from our work PCs, I get the message "Sorry Guest, you are banned from using this forum! "
I'm guessing that might be because of excessive activity from one IP address. Maybe even from a person behaving inappropriately from this IP address. However, there are 24,000 employees and 160,000 students who could be using this IP address and all are blocked.
If I'm reading my IP address right, and it's not just internal, the blocked one might be 10.1.115.21 or 10.1.114.3
Here's a question though. When I went to see it, it had been a few weeks since it rained much, I think. However, the underground part was still pretty humid, unlike the 95 degree temperature out doors. It didn't smell moldy. Maybe a little mildewish. Is that normal or appropriate for underground shelters?
I need helpful opinions, but I think I just need to tell the whole story.
I live in a northern suburb of Dallas, and went to look at a house in Dallas, which of all things listed as including a basement. My very experienced realtor, who was a home inspector for 10 years before that, said this was incredibly unusual. The only other residential Dallas basement he had seen was concrete.
This house was/is a pier and beam home built in 1950 without a basement. It is on a hill, and at some point the home had been dug out underneath to create a basement basically under the whole house. It is currently owned as an investment property, with the investors knowing nothing about the how, why, or stability of such structure.
Whatever flooring in the bottom of the basement was there, was removed by the investors, and it is currently a dirt floored basement. They also removed the basement wall paneling to inspect the wall. The dirt and earth is being walled out by corrugated steel. My realtor doesn't think that would be good enough to securely hold up over time.
There are two good reasons that basements and underground housing basically don't exist in Dallas. We have very expansive clays that easily destroy many well built foundations, sometimes in only a few years. 2nd, we have a very high water table. I realize that building on a hill can partly minimize this, and this house is on a hill too. If I could feel secure about the basement, I think I'd love the house.
Feel free to look up the house if you'd like, but the pictures on realtor websites aren't including pictures of the basement. MLS#: 11420875 It was only recently listed, I think.
If and when I look to build, these guys are actually closest to me, so might be considered for that. I work near downtown Dallas, would look to live and build in south east Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, or Balch Springs to have reasonable driving distance.
The other thing is that I would have to consider what will meet building codes in this area. I assume Monolithic Domes will, being local, but not sure what else. I'd probably prefer something cheaper to build, but I haven't been researching long.
And greetings people, this is my first post. I found this sight by searching for stuff on Mike Oehler. I'm glad to know his ideas haven't been abandoned just because they seem to be the hardest to get through building codes.