John C Daley wrote:For such tough country there are all of people around.
Steel can be assembled with bolts and screws.
200 sq ft will make a cosy cabin, would making it from logs work?
With a skillion roof and some power tools.
John C Daley wrote:Issac, thanks for the details.
As you say the humans are the issue, the bears, cougars and sheriffs are easy by comparison.
Do you need permits to build?
Would playing classical music on your deck when are not there drive away the fisher folk?
A 20ft rise and fall in a lake is amazing, is it a man made water reservoir?
Could you grow food on the isolated land above the ground, in tanks etc?
Would a small solar powered pump be ok at that same place?
Would it get stolen?
With the high rainfall, is a dugout a good idea?
What about a stone or structural steel house that could take a tree drop?
John C Daley wrote:OK here are two ideas that would work;
The first would have the tree fall against or past it, rather than on it
The second, which I think is made from steel but may be concrete would withstand a tree dropping near it.
When you speak of potential tree damage, how far away are the potential trees and how high might they be?
Heather Staas wrote:I don't know where you live: I was in zone 5b and my ducks did not have heat in the winter of fans in the summer or any of that.
Trace Oswald wrote:I would say you just have a bad neighbor.
John C Daley wrote:Issac, you have made some interesting choices in your life.
Can I ask some questions?
- Your land choice
- Your decision to grow your own food in a hostile environment
- could you fish with a contraption that works in winter
- Is a glass house possible
John C Daley wrote:
Snow on the winter vegetable garden does not mean the end of harvest. Snow will insulate winter crops from freezing temperatures and protect them until harvest. A killing frost or freeze will do more damage to winter vegetables than snow.
Carrots, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, chard, and head lettuce can be harvested from under a blanket of snow.
Scallions and fall leeks to the size of scallions can be harvested from under snow.
Onions can remain in the garden under snow if a protective layer of mulch lies in between.
Parsnips and Brussels sprouts will taste sweeter after being covered by snow.
If plant cell damaging freezing temperatures accompany snow, protect crops with mulch, plastic tunnels, or cold frames.
Loose straw or fallen leaves can insulate plants from freezing temperatures as well.
Anne Miller wrote:
Isaac Hunter wrote:No ice on the lake in winter. The temps get just low enough to be uncomfortable and to send the fish to the bottom and make them less active. Plus the water level in the lake comes up each year about 20ft or more.
Growing things I like to eat is impossible! You can't grow pizza!
Valid point and an example of why it is good to give an approximate general location when asking questions.
Can't grow pizza? Though you could grow tomatoes for the sauce and a grain for the crust. Most people who grow those for pizza still have to buy cheese unless they are growing cows or goats.
John C Daley wrote:what does this mean?
the summer months but only about 4-6
John C Daley wrote:
Interesting situation you have.
- people do catch fish in the winter
- would you have enough spare food to give to the chooks? That can be researched.
- How big is the 10% not steep hillside?
- Could chickens be penned there?
- Can you build a strong chook run?
- What other protein can you grow, worms, snails, bugs etc?
Anne Miller wrote:
Isaac said, "I really don't like chickens, if I'm honest. I'm also not a really big fan of eggs, either. Plus I'm not certain its cost effective or even feasible since I can't free range. Are there alternatives to store bought chicken food? I really don't produce enough kitchen scraps myself. I could grow food for them, but not really during winter.
Isaac said, "but my lifestyle is just not conducive to pets.
These are all valid reasons so I feel you have answered your own question. Do I need to say more?
I see no reason to raise something that you do not like to eat.
If your lifestyle is not conducive to pets, how can you take care of chickens?
Learn to do the things that you like to do.
Ice fishing is really a big hobby in some states.
Learn to grow things that you like to eat.
I am looking forward to reading the other comments.
Trace Oswald wrote:Why raise something you don't like, and don't like what they produce? If your lifestyle isn't suited to pets, I can't believe it's suited to any other animals.
Trace Oswald wrote:
I love chickens, and I like fresh eggs, so I raise them.....but I can tell you, it's not a good financial decision. Consider the cost of building a good secure coop. Mine will be in excess of $800 when it's finished,...Based on your post, I would say for you, no, chickens are not a good idea. They are probably a terrible one.