The Survival Savvy Family
Karen Lynn: “Lil’ suburban Homestead”
This week Karen Lynn is so excited to share that she will be interviewing Julie Sczerbinski author of “The Survival Savvy Family” and blog owner of Home Ready Home.
Karen Lynn has a book review on her blog and a an autographed copy giveaway this week of Julie’s book “The Survival Savvy Family” which will be posting on Sunday May 17th at her blog of the Survival Savvy Family: Click here at the Lil’ Suburban Homestead Giveaway page! Make sure to enter for this fabulous book! Julie has packed this book with everything you will need to know on “How To Be Your Absolute Best During The Absolute Worst” as it states on the cover of her book. Read more “Survival Savvy!”
Should I be raising chickens?
Host: Lynna “A Preppers Path”
Chickens, the egg before the hen or the hen before the egg? An age ole question and at this stage of the game does it matter? Chickens lay eggs and eggs turn into chickens, both are good tasting and nutritious and are the key to the show “Chickens to be or not to be” on the Other Side of a Preppers Path. In a short series of shows we will travel down the path of raising chickens. Our first installment is aptly titled “ To be or not to be, should I be raising chickens?” Read more “Should I be raising chickens?”
During the last show of “Preparing to Provide“, we had a great discussion with Paul Wheaton and several callers. A lot was discussed, with quite a bit of focus on long term objectives. Things like rotating paddocks and free ranging would seem to be the end goal for a truly self-sufficient method of raising chickens. However, not everyone has the necessary space for these methods. And for a beginner, sometimes you have to crawl before you walk. A lot of questions remain. Things like… Where to buy chicks? Is it better to start with pullets? How many chickens can you have per coop? What feed is best at what stage? How to deal with extreme heat and cold? With that in mind, we’re going to go back and fill in a lot of the blanks.
For this discussion, I have enlisted the help of a few more of my YouTube friends. We’ll start the show with Pooter1176 http://www.youtube.com/user/Pooter1176 He has a typical coop and run, with plans for building chicken tractors to allow the birds to have fresh food on a daily basis. Following will be Don, aka MeanEvilConservative http://www.youtube.com/user/meanevilconservative He’s a fellow Virginian with a few years of raising chickens, ducks, and quail. Whether it’s laying hens or meat birds, he has a pretty good knowledge of what it takes to raise them. And to close out the show, we’ll have PetPrepper http://www.youtube.com/user/PetPrepper she’s been grooming animals for over 20 years and can give you some insight on dealing with extreme cold. She’s pretty far north and has been working on ways to prevent frozen eggs.
So join us for another entertaining and informative show, as we get more advice from people with first-hand experience in raising chickens. With three different perspectives, there should be plenty of helpful tips and suggestions. Listen to previous show: Go Here! Listen to this show in player below!
With the cost of eggs and chicken in the stores, and the uncertainty of exactly where they came from or what they have been fed, I’d like to start raising my own chickens. But unlike gardening, I know very little about chickens. I know barbecue wings with ranch dressing make a great snack. And I know that I don’t like my yolks runny. Beyond that, I’m clueless. I have so many questions. What breed is best for egg layers? What breed is best for meat? What is the best method for raising them…free range or a coop? How well do the chicken tractors work? Are there any foods that a chicken shouldn’t eat? How do you take care of them in the winter? I could do some research online and maybe get some answers. But I’d prefer to hear from someone with first-hand experience.
Well, help has arrived! To get questions to these answers and many more, I have enlisted the help of Paul Wheaton. Many of you may know Paul from his extensive list of YouTube videos about rocket stoves. Here is his channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/paulwheaton12 others may know him from his permaculture forum… http://www.permies.com/ where they discuss everything from vermicomposting, greenhouses, hugelkultur, to rocket mass heaters and chickens. Paul has years of experience in raising chickens of many breeds, and has a wealth of knowledge that should be of benefit to anyone considering raising their own chickens. Join us on this edition of “Preparing to Provide” for what promises to be a very informative and entertaining discussion about all things pertaining to chickens.