When the chaos dies down and you're sick of canned food, what will your long term plan be?

The Last Slaughter Day

Posted on July 17th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer. 2 comments

As we’ve mentioned in other posts, the chickens we’ve raised and butchered have been tastier than anything we’ll ever be able to get at the store. And what’s tastier than chickens? Ducks! So this year we bought and raised 6 ducks for meat. We’d had 2 egg ducks in previous years and had been warned that “ducks are messy”… and yes, they are… but when you have 6 big ones, they’re infinitely worse. And they make the drinking water brown and muddy and they stink… a lot… like the elephant pen at the zoo but worse! Just a warning in case you’re thinking this is a great idea…

When we had our first chicken killing day, the ducks didn’t seem fat enough (and they’re cute, so we weren’t sure we could kill them). But as they got bigger over the last couple weeks, they got stinkier and more disgusting and we decided the deed had to be done.

We’d never killed a duck before, but we figured we’d just do something similar to how we’d done the chickens and it would all work out. We hadn’t anticipated how much longer a duck’s neck is than a chicken’s though.  When we put ducks … Read More »

How many chickens will you need?

Posted on July 17th, by Kathy in Becoming a Farmer. Comments Off on How many chickens will you need?

In preparation for the apocalypse, you’d like to raise your own meat… however, you’re not ready to start with something as large as a cow or a pig.  Chickens may be the answer for you (IF you live in an area without bears… see our posts about raising chickens in Colorado).  Mob grazing with cows is a really big deal for farmers and ranchers right now because it uses cattle to improve the soil and forage. This is a very good thing if you’re putting up a zombie proof fortress and don’t want to move frequently. Turns out you can do it with chickens too… and not only can they be your meat source, but they lay eggs!!

Forrest Prichard, a Virginia farmer, uses electric netting to create long narrow stretches of pasture that chickens can graze and trample as effectively as other livestock graze and trample their larger pastures.  The electric fences protect the chickens from foxes, coyotes, opossums, skunks and raccoons and the long, narrow shape of the pastures makes it difficult for raptor predators to nab prey as well (notice bears are not on that list).

Forrest shares tips on how to teach even so-called lazy birds, like the fast-growing … Read More »