Self-Sufficiency and Living on the Bare

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by elizabethbinary, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I saw others wanted a thread like this so I thought I'd start it.

    About six months ago I got obsessed with being self-sufficient. At the time I was getting an egg a day. Now I get about 6. I was mad I had no veggies and now I harvest every day. It's not much, but it's something and it definitely eases the financial burden of food. I barely go to the market anymore - only going for things like toiletries (I even use bicarb as shampoo and vinegar as conditioner) and essentials. I even make my own cleaning products using fat/oils - and I know how to render fat from my animals to make into cleaning products should I need to.

    This is just a start to get the conversation rolling... what do you do? Know how to do? Think you should know? Have stockpiled? What does/n't work for you?
     
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I am doing my part to start to keep things simple on my 2 acres
    I have chickens & get eggs daily; hope to start raising some for meat.
    I have one zebu & am looking forward to getting another to breed for meat.
    I have goats that I'm eventually going to add to, again, for meat.
    Right now my goats serve as pet pooping-machines...one day I hope to milk them.
    This spring, I'm going to plant a garden to have fresh fruits & veggies.
    I also make my own laundry detergent & look forward to learning to make more household products, etc.
    By the time I retire in about 10 yrs (God willing), I won't have to spend so much on store-bought items!
     
  3. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to visit SufficientSelf.com! Very self sufficient there.

    Animals
    Chickens (meat and layers, Im also working on making them SS)
    Rabbits (pets and meat, Im also working on making them SS)
    Ducks (meat, Im also working on making them SS)
    Earthworms (Poultry Feed and Garden Help)
    Honey Bees (Honey)

    Garden
    Several varities of vegetables
    Preserve a lot of them via canning and drying
    Grow lots of fruits
    Have a few cold frames

    Animal Feed
    I sprout grains for them
    Im growing some of their feed
    I have formulated a dry mix
    They forage all the time or I forage for them
    They get kitchen scraps
    They get worms from the bins
     
  4. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Quote:Definitely! Great site--I've learned a lot of stuff I plan on implementing in the future.
     
  5. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:Definitely! Great site--I've learned a lot of stuff I plan on implementing in the future.

    I'm nervous. Last time I was on a self sufficient website I was chased off for being too positive! Hahaha.

    GREAT tips. [​IMG]
     
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  6. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Definitely! Great site--I've learned a lot of stuff I plan on implementing in the future.

    I'm nervous. Last time I was on a self sufficient website I was chased off for being too positive! Hahaha.

    GREAT tips. [​IMG]

    Ummm. No were the good guys!! I promise, this is a sister site to BYC.
     
  7. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    And if you plan on adding goats, cattle, etc to your self-sufficient journey, check out another BYC sister-site...

    www.BackyardHerds.com

    I also regularly get a newsletter via email from TipHero.com & HillbillyHousewives.com.
     
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Definitely! Great site--I've learned a lot of stuff I plan on implementing in the future.

    I'm nervous. Last time I was on a self sufficient website I was chased off for being too positive! Hahaha.

    GREAT tips. [​IMG]

    It's a sister site of BYC, no bashing allowed there either. There's a link to all the sister sites at the bottom of the page, come say howdy!
     
  9. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:....backyard... goats?

    My husband said he wanted a goat for the backyard and I told him no, he HAS to mow the lawn himself.

    I'll add the goats once we get the little 2 acre we're getting in 6 months [​IMG]

    ...okay okay I might take a peek....
     
  10. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Definitely! Great site--I've learned a lot of stuff I plan on implementing in the future.

    I'm nervous. Last time I was on a self sufficient website I was chased off for being too positive! Hahaha.

    GREAT tips. [​IMG]

    That's probably because reality hasn't slapped you in the face, yet.[​IMG]
     

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