Archive for March, 2013

Update: One week old kits.

Posted: 31st March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead
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Sugar, our NZ doe, gave birth to 7 kits on 3/21/13. These pics were taken 3/28/13 so that makes ’em 7 days old. The smallest kit did not make it. It would not eat, and the mother abandoned it. A harsh reality when raising animals is that sometimes you have losses and have to hope […]

The Duck Grow Out Pen

Posted: 26th March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead, Projects

We purchased four khaki Campbell ducks the first week in March. You can read about that adventure here http://thesurvivalrevolution.com/?p=443 . After that adventure we settled them into their new washtub home. It took them about 2 hours to outgrow the tub. Next we moved them to a 110 gallon water tank. It didn’t take long before […]

Californian/New Zealand kits.

Posted: 22nd March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

Just a quick update:Sugar, our New Zealand gave birth to 7 kits. They all appear healthy and a few really nice size babies. She did well making the nest and had them at 31 days. We are hoping she will be a good mother.    

Zone 1 Path update.

Posted: 21st March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead, Projects

With several other things going on, the path work is going a little slower than planned.  We are taking it a section at a time and trying to remove the sod or grass first. Then remove the top few inches of good soil and set it aside for use either in the garden or as […]

New Zealand Doe Pregnant….Sugar Babies Due.

Posted: 20th March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

  Sugar, our New Zealand doe, was bred 30 days ago to our Californian Buck “Bic Mac”. We expected her to kit by now(the average is 28 days), but as of a few minutes ago she was still holding out. This will be her second litter, and if all goes well, her first successful one. […]

We have really had a good time with these ducks. They are extremely hardy and require less supplemental heat than baby chicks. I think if we watched closely enough we could actually see these guys growing. They greedily run from the food back the water..and back to the food again. The sound they make when […]

Garden walkway design, especially in Zone 1 is, in my opinion, a very crucial part of homesteading. It serves to create an environment that not only is reflective of the gardener’s individual style, but can also be a big factor in plant health, productivity, and ease of care. Zone 1, in relation to permaculture, is […]

Garden Fence Update

Posted: 17th March 2013 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Projects

We spent another  sunny  day working on the garden fence. Today we stretched the 4′ sheep fence and got it stapled. We used a come-along and homemade fence puller to get it tight.  I decided to use the 4×4 to brace the fence puller. It was the right height and gave me an excuse to […]

Too cute to resist.

Posted: 12th March 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

We raise Californian-New Zealand meat rabbits here on the homestead, and although they are cute and cuddly they are not considered pets. My wife raised pet rabbits as a kid and wanted to have a group of bunnies that were not destined for the table.     She, and my also non-rabbit eating niece, found […]

Fencing The Garden….

Posted: 10th March 2013 by Joe Prepper in On The Homestead, Permaculture, Projects

We decided to put in a 50’x50′ garden close to the house. I really like the idea of having food right out the back door and  it will get daily attention. I had a design in my mind that may or may not change, but one thing is for sure, I need it to be […]