How are you self sufficient?

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by BarredBuff, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    I know there is thread about this a few months ago I just wanted to put in a new one. Tell us what you have on your homestead and how you want to expand or how you are happy right where you are.

    On My Homestead I have:
    A Vegetable Patch
    3 Established Orchards
    3 Rabbits to Breed
    15 Laying Hens
    35 Dominique Pullets
    4 Honeybee Hives
    5 Raised Beds
    A Water Tank that collects rain water for the veggies
    A cellar filled with all sorts of veggies

    On My Homestead I would like to have:
    Another Rabbit to Breed
    2 Cold Frames and maybe a greenhouse
    8 Toulouse Geese
    6 Ancona Ducks
    6 Naragansett Turkeys
    Another Beehive
    Thats what I can realistically have. I would like more.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2010
  2. Michele_Lynd

    Michele_Lynd In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    this is what I have and do:

    about 15 hens 5 roos
    geese ( 3) 1 gander 2 goose
    A raised garden
    two apple trees
    make my own landry soap
    make my own fabric softner
    Can what I grow

    what I would like:

    A green house for longer grow time
    some turkeys and goats
    More Fruit trees
    Rain water collection for plants and animails
    Soloar heat for hot water
    There is more but these are doable in the next yr:D
  3. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    We use the term self-reliant. I like it better because I dont think that we can ever be truly self sufficient in all areas of life. [​IMG]

    So we are self-reliant in the following ways:

    Huge garden. We can/freeze everything that we cant use up right away
    Hubby fishes and hunts so venison and walleye are on the menu frequently
    I make our own bread from scratch.
    We have chickens of eggs and meat.
    We use rainwater/pond water for watering animals and plants.

    Next year we are putting in 100 fruit trees in order to supply our own family with fruit as well as make a little money on the side
    Just ordered my beeboxes so that the orchard will have no problems pollinating. lol
    Bees will also provide honey as well as added value products such as mead, honeycomb etc.

    We are always looking for ways to build our self reliance as individuals and as a family.
    It is so empowering!!
  4. Gerbil

    Gerbil Oh, Crazy!

    Jun 24, 2010
    We have

    Laying hens
    a large veggie garden
    2 apple trees
    raspberry patch
    7 geese

    What I would like to have

    meat turkey flock (working on it)
    green house
    blackberry patch

    And I can always dream of a horse [​IMG]
  5. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    I had a bread starter going but it got to be a pain so I stopped. I want to start it back this winter. We also make most of our cleaning supplies.
  6. Tigerjane

    Tigerjane Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Pflugerville, TX
    I really like the idea of this thread. We just moved into our house a little over a month ago, and in addition to the chickens (which we're getting as chicks on the 7th, and incubating eggs on the 12th), we are planting Meyers lemon trees and putting in a garden next spring. We make our own cleaners for environmental reasons. I'd love to read what others are doing - gets the wheels turning for things to tell the hubs we HAVE to do, lol!
  7. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Quote:A good way to be kind to the environment is to keep bees they are excellent pollinators. Plus they provide wax for candles and soap and the fresh honey which can sell up to 12 bucks a quart.
  8. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    What do you think the value of Geese, Ducks and Turkeys are on a homestead?
  9. Michele_Lynd

    Michele_Lynd In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2009
    I would love to raise bees but dont know how ?
    would also like a berry patch

    And both hubby and I fish and hunt
  10. SallyF

    SallyF Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    DH tried bees, on the advice of a friend who raised them. Invested in three hives, bees, all the equipment (startup ain't cheap). Over the course of two years, all the hives failed. I now have two empty hives and a shelf full of hat, suit, smoker, etc. Never got a drop of honey, but we sure did feed them a lot of sugar syrup to try to keep them going. The friend has the third hive, to try to get a colony established in it. Now don't ask me how he's going to transport it back here full of bees; I don't want to think about it. For me, the beekeeping experiment is just another item I use as an example when I want to spend money on something.

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