What took ya so long, Red? I think Country living/ OTG is the continuum of those people who are big time country livers and then those who are just checking it out. The title is kind of misleading because many urban, grid tied dwellers have lots of info to share and are on similar trips. We aren't connected to the grid, are building a passive solar strawbale, have an 11 acre farm with chickens, goats, bees, ducks, permaculture garden, etc. those are my creds, but I think all are welcome here. I have been planning on hitting you up for piggy info next year.
I'm a wannabe. We're country living but our house is old and making it more environmentally friendly is an expensive venture.
Of course, the irony we've discovered is that it's expensive to live simply!
But so far we've managed, on our 17 acre farm, to get some chickens (also ducks and guineas, but they all live together so I lump them together), a goat (we're looking to get more this weekend), and a large garden. Our goal for the summer is to install a wood-burning stove, and our goal for next spring is to add sheep, bees, and make maple syrup. We also plan on slowly building an orchard.
Homesteading Mama to homeschoolin' kiddos London (10) ; Alexander (8) :; Holden (5) :; and Sergei born at home 8/18/08
We haven't, but we also have only gotten two eggs so far! I currently have two young pullets who should be laying any time now, two hens who just hatched a clutch before I bought them (no clue when they'll lay) one rooster, four smaller babies (2-4mths old) and then 13 babies (2-3wks old).
When we start getting eggs, I will be selling them on eggbid/ebay as hatching eggs since most of them are the show quality frou frou butt kind. Then I'll use that money towards buying more feed and treats for them. LOL
They certainly don't earn their keep unless you count entertainment! hehe
I'll have to try that at the store or what not next time. Right now I've just been buying the stuff that they need to get rid of quick so marked down and then I'll feed it to them that night. Last night they had a supper of cooked rice and oatmeal with watermelon and cantaloupe on the side. Spoiled, I tell ya!
Wife to 1~Mom to 5 ages brand new to 12~Rural Mail Carrier~Keeper of 2 dogs, 1 cat & a flock of chickens :
I live in the country, but I'm really just a wannabe for now. I just bought our house 1 1/2 years ago, but we do have big plans. Garden, one day some animals, most likely chickens and rabbits. It just takes tiime, some times. I get jelous driving down the road, looking at everybody elses nice gardens.