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Homesteading: Retired, living self sufficently in Alabama (Part 3)

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 12, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9080112

ok here is the 3rd part being the other one was getting so long an hard to load.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 12, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9080129

here is some pic's of the little log cabin im building atm.

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 12, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #9080138

and a few more ...

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freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 12, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9080142

more to come on that and other projects
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2012
3:27 AM

Post #9080544

Bravo ! (again).

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2012
5:14 AM

Post #9080601

Wow, that's nice! Looks like pine logs... will there be a problem with ground contact?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 13, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9080739

the bottom two logs are white oak, so i dont think there'll be a problem, all the pine is off the ground around a foot. and after the roof is on it with the over hang an drainage around it not much water should even come in contact with the oak.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9080781

Cool... white oak should work fine!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2012
10:30 AM

Post #9084753

That is coming along well. How about the pizza oven?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 16, 2012
2:09 PM

Post #9085017

Cajun,
still workin on that, its a slow work in progress .. LOL
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9089587

I love it!!!!!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9095250

Will the top part of the pizza oven be enclosed?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 24, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9096455

Cajun
yes it'll be enclosed with a optional door for bake'n breads n such.. or left open for pizzas etc...
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 17, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9168669

here's a few pic's of the bread/pizza oven

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 17, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9168694

That looks mighty fine!

I hope eventually to build a bread/pizza oven, maybe cob or maybe brick...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 17, 2012
8:35 PM

Post #9169462

I did not realize the food was actually in the same chamber as the fire.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 19, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9172154

yeah its still not finished, but close enough to start cooking some in it.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2012
3:34 PM

Post #9177544

I may look into making me such an oven. Be good for hot days. But I have no experience with stone masonry.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 23, 2012
10:17 PM

Post #9177940

its not that hard to do, plenty of good info on the net. and now days with the materials available just makes it easier
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

June 26, 2012
12:46 AM

Post #9181328

few more pictures of some bread an the oven ...

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9193393

Looks as if that is another project you can put in the "finished" column. Good job. What's next? :)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 5, 2012
8:31 AM

Post #9193833

Thanks Cajun, yep time to move on to another project now.. hmmm not sure just what it'll be tho, maybe finish up the little cabin, or finish the sawmill which i need very badly.. who knows .. hahaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2012
8:59 AM

Post #9195246

Do you watch much TV. I have been enjoying "Mountain Men" on the History channel. There is a self sufficient guy on there in NC. I'd like to see more of his setup.
o_angi2001
Bentonville, AR

July 6, 2012
12:08 PM

Post #9195476

I have been watching Mountain Men, too. Good show. Sailer, the bread looks good, I hope to build an oven eventually, but my list of projects is enormous at this point.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 6, 2012
1:23 PM

Post #9195546

Cajun, i watch a very little bit of tv, i have seen a few of the shows tho.

o_angi, hard to beat that bread from a wood fired oven .. the flavor the wood gives it .. mmmmmmm
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
8:06 AM

Post #9203766

I did some googling on that guy last night and he has a big setup there. 1000 acre place that he uses like a school to teach people about the enviroment, ect. You can go there for different classes. He has been lots of places and done lots of things and he has a degree in English. It is called Turtle Island if you'd like to read about it. I wonder if he has an oven like yours. Bet he'd want one if he saw yours. Seems like I can smell the warm loaves everytime I look at your pics. :)

freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 13, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #9203900

Cajun, sounds interesting, ill check it out, i'd guess that he did have a bread oven or wood oven, like mine well .. hahaa mine is my design because i follow my own path hahahaa yeah i know im strange. an the bread that comes out of it is just Awsome.. fills the air with the smell of warm fresh baked breads..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
1:22 PM

Post #9204052

I know how good my kitchen smells when I use the bread maker. Can't imagine how much better it smells when you add the earthy smell of woodsmoke.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 13, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #9204183

it is pretty amazing, i hadnt remember it sence long long time ago, its nice to bring back old memories
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #9204345

Amazing how smells can do that. Things we had forgotten about from years long passed, can come flooding back like a tidal wave. Old spice always brings my Dad back to me.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 13, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9204377

yes it is, they can transport you to another place an time an make you remember things long forgotten .
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9204970

And, sadly, they can take us back to things we'd just as soon not remember but we have to take the good with the bad.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 14, 2012
6:15 PM

Post #9205381

That is very true Cajun, sometimes it takes the bad to show us all the good and appreciate it for what it is.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2012
6:54 PM

Post #9205407

That is so true. You don't really appreciate the things of life, like family, friends and freedom, until they are threatened or lost.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2012
12:21 PM

Post #9332214

How is the cabin coming along?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 29, 2012
2:24 PM

Post #9345602

slowly but surely, just finding the time now to work on it seems to be a chore...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2012
11:16 AM

Post #9346957

I know what you mean. I am starting to make plans for my spring garden.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 10, 2012
1:09 AM

Post #9354296

thats great, im planning more garden spots this year .. hope'n to grow alot more veggies
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 10, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9354435

A Dragonfly needs to read all the posts in this thread if he wants to know how homesteading is really done!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2012
10:03 AM

Post #9354694

That is the truth. Freedom, do you plan on getting any animals?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 17, 2012
9:41 PM

Post #9361152

yeah just got some baby ducks, an chicks, want to get me a pair of goats an maybe a welsh pony if i can find one that will work... just have to wait an see
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 19, 2012
8:59 PM

Post #9362736

Whoo hoo!! Gotta see some pics!
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 20, 2012
7:49 AM

Post #9362934

yeah ill have to take some pic's an post them, asap... just sooo much goin on right now
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 20, 2012
1:31 PM

Post #9363235

What kinda chicks and ducklings did you get, how many and where from? I have been searching the net to try and decide and I think I would like EEs and Welsummers. Then I can breed for olive eggers.

Any idea what kind of goats you want? Will you be using them for meat and milk? We like goat meat but haven't butchered any because I have been able to sell them all. Going to breed my grown doe this month and the doe kid in March.

You might want to get yourself a Haflinger instead of a welsh pony. Haffies are very sturdy so you can work it and ride it, they are very easy keepers and being a draft breed they are "cold" blooded so they are much more easy going and easy to handle. I loved ours and wish we had been able to keep her.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 20, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9363282

I don't know about Haflingers in general, but a neighbor has had a couple of them that were quite unreliable - she called them crazy. If you want hard work and easy keeping, get a mule.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 20, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9363459

Or a jackass. I think pound for pound they are the strongest animal going and they are VERY easy keepers. You have to be very patient to work with an ass or a mule.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 23, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9365470

yeah i had a welsh once, she would work, plow, ride, pull a cart or ground slide enough to wear me out an very very gentle ... my ducks are pekin .. chicks are rr's ... far as the goats go, dont really matter long as they'll clean up thickets hahahaa ...
flsusie
New Port Richey, FL

December 24, 2012
4:32 AM

Post #9365848

I don't know, my jackass is pretty high maintenance and I can't get seem to get him off the couch to do a blasted thing.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

December 24, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9366034



:-)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 29, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9369891

LOL flsusie, hehee hahaa im still laughing at that one ...
flsusie
New Port Richey, FL

December 30, 2012
5:47 AM

Post #9370353

Sorry about that. It was just one of those mornings and I couldn't resist. Glad Hubby doesn't use the computer, but I do keep it away from the couch. Hope you didn't have any damage during the storms and the New Year brings better things to all.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 30, 2012
9:26 PM

Post #9371020

LOL tooooo funny, no damage here other than a few old dead a trees down, which will make extra firewood... and Happy New Year to Everyone...

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2012
6:20 AM

Post #9371165

Did you ever get a roof put on that log cabin you posted in back in April?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 31, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9371622

no, never did, i have the rafters up and the ridge log an got busy with other stuff .. it does have a tarp over it tho .. LOL
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2013
3:32 PM

Post #9373443

We need to see pics of your progress. I live vicariously through your projects. lol
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 2, 2013
4:15 PM

Post #9373498

ill get some up asap ...
porkpal
Richmond, TX

January 2, 2013
6:43 PM

Post #9373646

Yes, you make us all feel busy just keeping up with your projects.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 3, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9374472

yeah wintertime is more firewood an hunting than projects and such... but there are some pretty days that i work on a few projects ... mostly small things tho ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2013
4:58 PM

Post #9374583

All I seem to get done in winter is the bare necessities of feeding. I just don' t have any drive in the cold.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

January 4, 2013
2:27 PM

Post #9375539

yeah i can understand that, i kinda go into low gear in the winter, guess im just restin up for spring planting .. LOL
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 12, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9417094

better start cranking the gears up. Spring is around the corner.

What'cha doin?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 13, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9418047

planting taters, onion an breakin up some of my garden spots, an hope'n this rain is over with for awhile
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2013
5:36 AM

Post #9418624

I wish I could break my garden up. I have my taters and onion sets standing by waiting for the moment. Should be a sunny week to give the ground a chance to drain. Looks like I might have to use the regular tiller. The tractor is too heavy for the garden right now.

How is the construction plans coming along for your sawmill ? We were wishing we had one. My son saw Somebody on Craigslist --i think--has several 2ft wide and wider cedars standing on their property and they just want someone to cut them down and take them away. They are suppose to be in Alabama. Thought you might be interested .

TrumpetFlowerz

TrumpetFlowerz
Ft Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 16, 2013
10:00 AM

Post #9420914

Loved reading this thread, and can't wait for more pictures of the little log cabin and possibly the construction of your sawmill freedom. How many acres are you on? Do you have electricity, or are
you using an alternative power source? (Or have plans for such, as perhaps the sawmill also generating electricity, etc?)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

February 18, 2013
9:52 PM

Post #9423876

Cajun, still workin on the sawmill as i have time, an yes thoes cedars would be awsome to have ..

TrumpetFlowerz ... glad you enjoyed it, an ill post some pic's of the little log cabin in the next week or so if the weather will hold out long enough for me to get some more work done on it... i have 20 acres here, been totally off grid for 7 years now .. the sawmill ive designed myself, mostly for personal use but i do plan on cutting some lumber an beams for the public when needed ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 23, 2013
10:26 AM

Post #9428947

Looking forward to those pics.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 26, 2013
10:55 PM

Post #9463467

You have surely taken those pics by now and I really need something to look at and dream about. It is snowing here and I am feeling bad. I need a pick me up.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 10, 2013
3:50 AM

Post #9478466

Time for spring planting, got most of my gardens planted, just like a few more things an ill be finished, then i get to work on the little log cabin while i wait for everything to come up, lol awww the joys of nature, even nature will give you a break now n then...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2013
11:02 AM

Post #9480173

I have to start over with my seeds. Everything got burned up in the greenhouse. Grrrr
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2013
7:50 PM

Post #9509838

How are things going?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 9, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9514307

so far so good, been so busy garden'n an all havent had time to work on any projects yet, always very busy untill i get everything planted an such ...
got sooooooo much goin on ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2013
7:11 PM

Post #9519573

My small garden is looking pretty good after a slow start.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 15, 2013
12:59 PM

Post #9521719

Cajun.. same thing here, too many cold snaps an set backs but maybe the weather is more "normal" now hahaa least i hope so
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2013
9:52 PM

Post #9522241

There has been frost around us the last few mornings but our micro climate has protected us.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 16, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9522952

great, glad you dint have any frostbite damage .. young plants are very tender
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2013
7:30 PM

Post #9527848

My peas are blooming and looks like the beans are about to start.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 29, 2013
11:26 AM

Post #9538442

im gettin strawberrys everyday, my squash is blooming, beans blooming, an everything else lookin really good
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2013
8:48 PM

Post #9539003

I just get a few berries everyday. Wish I had a bigger patch but I am glad for what I do have. I got 2 blueberry bushes half price at Wal-Mart. Didn't have a place fixed for them so I put them together in a big pot. They should do fine there until next spring. Lettuce is doing well. Peas and beans are blooming. I picked a pea yesterday. It was delish! I like to eat them off the bush. Afraid 1 or 2 of my maters may have blight. I got a replacement but I have to get a pot for it.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 30, 2013
8:58 AM

Post #9539469

crush up egg shells fine, an pour them around the stem of your mater plants .. sometimes this makes a big difference .
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9539971

I will try it. Thanks. Your squash are way ahead of mine.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 20, 2013
4:10 AM

Post #9605763

with so much rain this year, gardens are doin awsome, but then again so are the weeds .. lol guess thats takin the good with the bad... :-)
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2013
7:08 AM

Post #9605906

We are getting a lot of rain too. My garden is good because it is all in raised beds or containers so it stains well. Not much problem with weeds. But the fleas are driving me crazy!!!!!! I have sprayed and dusted until I am blue in the face but the rain keeps washing away my poison. Wish it would wash away the fleas!!!

TrumpetFlowerz

TrumpetFlowerz
Ft Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 23, 2013
6:20 AM

Post #9609254

We had flea problems this spring. The Sevin granules in the big red bag did get rid of them. We have a large dog and he is proof. This spring he was chewing away. Now when we go to wash him, no fleas. I think my hubby used a bit more per square foot than is recommended, but it did stop our flea problem. Hope this helps you Cajun :)
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 23, 2013
9:23 PM

Post #9610168

im lucky, in the 7 years out here in the middle of no where, none of my pup's has fleas ... just a tick now an then, an i use no chemicals or such on them either...

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 24, 2013
4:51 AM

Post #9610306

I bought a 50# bag of diatomaceous earth to sift around the house for fleas (and slugs that eat my plants). It's still in the bag a year later. My neighbor's hay field gets so tall before he cuts it and apparently it harbors ticks.

Some years I have huge flea infestations on my cat, who brings them inside where they multiply. This year, so far, has been mostly okay but August is always the worst.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

July 25, 2013
2:33 AM

Post #9611234

Darius, ive heard that works, ever tried it myself but from what ive heard its safe an natural with no lingering bad effects
porkpal
Richmond, TX

July 25, 2013
6:07 AM

Post #9611323

I bet it works better if you take it out of the bag...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 6, 2013
7:32 AM

Post #9622934

Thanks for the info. I have been spraying soapy water every few days right around the house. Have killed them off the porch. High grass is still bad but I can't do the whole woods. Gave the dog a comfort is pill and bathe her every week. No fleas in the house, thank the good Lord.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 8, 2013
4:28 PM

Post #9625307

dang, i need to get finished with the gardens an work on my projects more
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2013
9:50 PM

Post #9625543

I did some work on the possum pen. made him a nest in the peak of the roof and made a ladder for him to get to it. He is still not used to it yet but I put his feed in it every night. He sits in it to eat. I guess he will eventually move in. LOL

Got 3 roosters to kill. A guy from church brought them to me. Looking forward to them. Think I will just kill them one at a time.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 9, 2013
4:04 AM

Post #9625609

way kewl, right .. live food dont spoil ... good idea
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 9, 2013
6:45 AM

Post #9625684

One is smaller than the other 2 so I will save him for last. The other 2 pick on him so I am sure he will be glad to them them go. LOL
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 11, 2013
5:33 AM

Post #9627254

LOL let him have the last laugh (crow) huh... hahaa pun intended ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2013
8:28 PM

Post #9631983

LOL Good one!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2013
10:20 PM

Post #9643491

Ate one of my roos. He was really tasty. Then the guy brought me two more so now I have four to eat. Busy trying to clean apples right now. Got tons of them from a friend. Going to try and make some Apple jelly.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

August 29, 2013
9:08 PM

Post #9645470

i use to dry all the apples i could get my hands on, now they are few an far between... some good eating durin the winter months for sure ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 2, 2013
9:33 PM

Post #9649211

I have dried a few. We are also making fried apples and onions and Apple slaw. I would love to make some cider if I had a press. There are tons of Apple's here abouts. Most people have trees and don't even bother to spray them.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2013
6:13 AM

Post #9662981

How is your weather and how is your garden doing?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 19, 2013
7:53 PM

Post #9664553

weather has been good, gardens are doin ok also specialy with all the rain .. been a cool wet summer here ...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 20, 2013
8:17 PM

Post #9665643

Been wet here too. My garden is about finished. Eggplants are still thriving. Waiting for the last of the shell beans to get ready. Corn won't have time to fill out so I will feed it as fodder. Horses will enjoy it. Gave my last goat away. I will miss the milk, cheese and yogurt but not the hassle. It was time.

How is the water wheel working?

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

September 21, 2013
12:31 AM

Post #9665761

Did you ever finish that cabin?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 21, 2013
8:50 AM

Post #9666021

not yet Darius, been so busy workin on other things round here i havent had the chance to work on it .. i hope to soon tho... deer season is almost here .. an its in a good location hahaa
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 21, 2013
8:35 PM

Post #9666625

How are your chickens?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

September 23, 2013
4:28 AM

Post #9667720

well... long story made short,... 3 dead possum's and only one chicken left an i turned it loose .. untill i totally rebuild my chicken pen and chicken house... :-(
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 26, 2013
1:53 PM

Post #9670943

I hate to hear that. I was hoping you had a flourishing flock by now. I am sorry for your loss. I know how it feels.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 6, 2013
5:55 PM

Post #9703682

but hey, just got 7 more chickens .. well 6 an one rooster ... so im back in the chickens again ... LOL ok .. now im humming .. back in the saddle again ... hahaa ... ok ok .. stop laughin now ..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2013
8:04 PM

Post #9705047

Way to go. Should I call you Chicken George? LOL What kind did you get?
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 9, 2013
4:10 AM

Post #9705156

they all mixed up, lol but they lay brown large eggs .. maybe ill post a pic of em soon, if i can remember to take one .. but i think the hens are RR's .. an some kinda buff's... some with a few straggly feathers on their feet .. but i know my rooster is game .. lol
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

November 12, 2013
5:46 PM

Post #9707816

They sound like a fine flock. RIRs are great layers. A game clock is fine as long as he is the only one you have. Those rascals are gorgeous but they will kill one another. Nothing you can do to stop it except keep them separated. They are hard wired to fight and they are good at it. The hens make the best mommas. You could get a couple game hens to hatch and raise chicks. They lay white eggs so you could just let them hatch out the brown eggs. Then you wouldn't be getting any full stock games. It is a lot easier to let the hen do the hatching and raising.

Did you get any snow? We got our first snow today but thankfully it didn't stick here at the house. It rained during the night so it is wet and it sure is cold. Calling for 21 in the morning. Glad my animals are all in good quarters this year.

Did you ever find a pony? I am looking for another one. I still have Max and DH traded one of his show saddles for a new cart. The shafts are removable so we want to get a tongue and another pony to have a double hitch so we can both go carting. He has never been able to ride again since the amputation but he can ride in the cart. It is a really nice one. Easy entry with a padded seat thAt has a back on it. Heavy duty wheels that are self oiling. They run about $700 New and this one has only been used twice. It was sure a blessing to get it. Now to find a second pony.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

November 16, 2013
1:18 PM

Post #9710425

lol no snow an no pony .. maybe some day ill find what i want ..
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 1, 2013
5:38 AM

Post #9719334

Hey,
For all you youtube'rs out there .. make sure you check out my new youtube channel, see some of my projects past an present, plus the building of the cabin which i live in now.. an the little ones im building also, Thistledome Outdoors is the name of my channel there .. feel free to rate share an subscribe ... an i hope everyone has a safe an happy Christmas an New Year coming up :)
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2013
7:03 PM

Post #9722984

Really enjoyed the new walk about tour. I was hoping we would go inside the house. I am curious how the stair railing turned out.

You have some nice chickens. I turned my three do is out and they fought a bit. They were all game to try but we're not very good at it. Not like the game cocks I had. Those rascals were lethal.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 25, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9734315

Merry Christmas Everyone .. i hope everyone has a blessed peaceful day
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 25, 2013
5:59 PM

Post #9734374

Pray your day was nice. Ours was uneventful. Not much different than a regular day but no mishaps. A lot to be said for that.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

December 26, 2013
10:15 AM

Post #9734707

Cajun,
Was a Awsome day, spent it with family, ate too much as usual but hey thats a good thang .. lol :)
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 26, 2013
10:17 AM

Post #9734709

Glad you had a great day. And I agree about the eating. I cooked a pork roast and we will eat on it for a couple of days.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 27, 2014
6:19 PM

Post #9799376

FS, did you know Darius passed away? I sure do miss her. Learned so much from her.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

April 25, 2014
6:07 PM

Post #9821680

Cajun,
no i dint know that, she will surely be missed by everyone..
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2014
9:32 PM

Post #9822832

She was such a student of life and always willing and happy to share what she learned. I miss her.
freedom_sailer
Vernon, AL

May 1, 2014
3:36 AM

Post #9826748

Cajun,
indeed she was, always very helpful with awsome information and comments.. but she'll live forever in her friends memories and minds ... RIP DARIUS...
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2014
7:25 PM

Post #9829224

That is true. I hope they never take her website down. There is a wealth of information on it. I am enjoying going back through it.

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