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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Storeing Oil / Lard

September 30, 2017 farmer_dude48 0

I have a question about storing Lard. I bought a different brand of lard and I noticed on the label it said Hydrogenated Lard and it also has a use by date. The other brand of Lard we use doesn’t have either. Can somebody tell me what the difference would ? :?

Thanks

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 27, 2017 IceFire 0
Photon Guy wrote:
I see. Well IceFire talked about carrying a handgun when out in the yard for use against dangerous critters and that does make sense. I was just wondering the effectiveness of a fence and if there is any sort of fence that is good at keeping all dangerous animals out.

Fences are better for keeping domestic animals I (with limited effectiveness, depending on the animal) than for keeping dangerous critters out. Most of the dangerous ones will fid a way over, under, or through a fence given proper motivation. Snakes can (and DO) tunnel, so they’ll go under, or if the fence is not solid, they’ll go through the gaps in the fence. Large cats (mountain lions, jaguars–we DO have them in some areas of the country, lynx, bobcats, etc.) will jump OVER the fence. Depending on fence height, coyotes will go over or under. Bears will just smash THROUGH a fence. Still, while it won’t STOP them if they are determined, it probably WILL slow them down, at least a little, and is better than no fence at all.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 26, 2017 Cast Iron 0

A few strands of electric fencing with a 1J energizer will do for most animals.
For the smaller coons and what not, just a few more stands at the lower levels.
Not sure about snakes.

The two black bears I have ran into on my property, they were more afraid of me than I of them.
Then again, us humans are somewhat odorous. I would run too.

Statistics: Posted by Cast Iron — Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:23 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 26, 2017 jimLE 0

i’m thinking that the proper fence “might ” work.but yet,even then.only up to a certain point..in which your on your own after that..i carry a 9 round 22 revolver when at home.it’s great for what wild life that i deal with here..we don’t have big cats,like cougars panthers or whatever here.nor do we have bears..we do have a long tail cat of some kind here.i believe it’s half the size or smaller than a cougar.the rest of the 4 legged animals are raccoon opossum,armadillo and coyote..

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 25, 2017 oldasrocks 0

No fence is going to keep out Squirrels, birds, mice, rats or snakes or moles and chipmunks which dig under. Much less Asian beetles which do more damage than animals.
I’m studying the cost of a hoop house covered with 1/8″ holed hail screen to keep out the beetles. The ate everything this year.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 25, 2017 oldasrocks 0

No fence is going to keep out Squirrels, birds, mice, rats or snakes or moles and chipmunks which dig under. Much less Asian beetles which do more damage than animals.
I’m studying the cost of a hoop house covered with 1/8″ holed hail screen to keep out the beetles. The ate everything this year.

Statistics: Posted by oldasrocks — Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:23 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 25, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Depends on what kind of fence you build. I have a 6′ high “no climb” wire fence around my garden and orchard that keeps the deer and elk out but a rattle snake can slither right through it. I have plenty of snakes and lizards in that garden but no rattler’s so far. Witnessed a half grown skunk wiggle his way through the wires but skunks don’t eat fruit or veggies, they dig up grubs and yellow jacket nests, so this is beneficial. Have seen coyote and fox run around the outside of the fence, then leave. Raccoon’s will dig under or climb over any fence. If a bear wants in no fence will stop him, they just tear it down or climb over it. Without a fence the critters will eat everything I grow.

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General Homesteading Topics • Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs PA 15-17

September 10, 2017 Photon Guy 0

In Seven Springs PA on 15-17 there is going to be the Mother Earth News Fair. I hope to be there. They’ve got over 150 workshops that teach all sorts of stuff about homesteading and survival. Everything from bee keeping, gardening of all sorts, soap making, solar power, you name it and its most likely covered in a workshop. Here is the website.

https://www.motherearthnewsfair.com

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Looking for Info on Butter Churns

August 16, 2017 Anna 0

I bought a used separator when we had goats, but it did not work. I was never able to make butter from goats milk.

Cows milk is simple, let set in fridge overnight and then skim cream off in the morning.

I used to give my ds the churn and tell him he had to churn the butter while he watched TV. He was a TV addict and I wouldn’t let him watch unless he turned the churn. I would start the butter in the blender and then move to the churn to finish so it didn’t take long.

Statistics: Posted by Anna — Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:02 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Gunns 0
Permafrost wrote:
I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

I imagine everything outside stays frozen in the winter where you are at.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Gunns 0
Permafrost wrote:
I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

I imagine everything outside stays frozen in the winter where you are at.

Statistics: Posted by Gunns — Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:46 am


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Permafrost 0

I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 30, 2017 Permafrost 0

I use wood ash. I have considered getting lime but the ash from my wood stove is free and needs to be dumped somewhere. It works somewhat, I guess. I still have a stalagmite/stalactite (whatever) in the outhouse come spring, but nothing works in the winter because everything is froze solid.

Statistics: Posted by Permafrost — Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:58 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Homestead

June 29, 2017 IceFire 0

According to dictionary.com homesteading is “any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.”

Nowadays, though, when most people use the term ‘homestead’ they are referring to a home where people are trying to be self-sufficient.

As to why it’s important, when the trappings of modern society collapse, people are going to NEED to be self-sufficient…producing their own food (or enough surplus of something that they can barter/trade with someone else for what they don’t/can’t produce themselves); having an accessible source of clean water; having the means to heat their home, cook, etc.; being able to have sanitation; and being able to provide for their other needs.

That’s why many of us have gotten OUT of the cities and towns, bought acreage, and are working to establish a homestead of our own.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Homestead

June 29, 2017 IceFire 0

According to dictionary.com homesteading is “any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.”

Nowadays, though, when most people use the term ‘homestead’ they are referring to a home where people are trying to be self-sufficient.

As to why it’s important, when the trappings of modern society collapse, people are going to NEED to be self-sufficient…producing their own food (or enough surplus of something that they can barter/trade with someone else for what they don’t/can’t produce themselves); having an accessible source of clean water; having the means to heat their home, cook, etc.; being able to have sanitation; and being able to provide for their other needs.

That’s why many of us have gotten OUT of the cities and towns, bought acreage, and are working to establish a homestead of our own.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Type of lime for an outhouse

June 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Dolomite lime is not strong enough to work in the outhouse. The best, cheapest lime to use is construction lime used in mixing plaster and brick mortar, known as Flint Coat or Type F lime. Don’t know for sure but I think quick lime was placed on the hazardous materials list by the EPA people a number of years ago. Haven’t seen any for sale in many moons.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:18 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Type of lime for an outhouse

June 20, 2017 SuburbPrepper 0

This is just a question for anyone who has an outhouse or uses lime on raw sewage. What kind of lime do you use? I’m getting some garden lime for gardening and was wondering what kind of lime is used to treat sewage; e.g. I’ve read stuff that says to throw some wood ash or lime onto excreta because it will help to inactivate pathogens, which is the same reason they used to use it on corpses in burial pits. I thought it would be good to have on hand for an SHFT situation. But, the more I look at it, the more confusing it is. There’s dolomite lime, hydrated lime, quicklime, garden lime, and that’s just a partial list. Any info. is appreciated. Thanks in advance to everyone.

Statistics: Posted by SuburbPrepper — Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:11 am


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General Homesteading Topics • FREE Ticket for 3rd Annual Home Grown Food Summit.

June 6, 2017 dem 0

http://ddddddd.ontraport.com/c/s/7xR/YObX/6/sr/9iA/6ZtdGl/zTTH4qiz6l/P full week of experts in many areas, all online and FREE. :thumbsup:So for 38+ of the brightest minds in:

Permaculture

Natural health

Vegetable gardening

Homesteading

Urban growing, and

Sustainable living

… To freely give away their insights and teachings, all to help contribute to this shared vision?

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General Homesteading Topics • FREE Ticket for 3rd Annual Home Grown Food Summit.

June 6, 2017 dem 0

http://ddddddd.ontraport.com/c/s/7xR/YObX/6/sr/9iA/6ZtdGl/zTTH4qiz6l/P full week of experts in many areas, all online and FREE. :thumbsup:So for 38+ of the brightest minds in:

Permaculture

Natural health

Vegetable gardening

Homesteading

Urban growing, and

Sustainable living

… To freely give away their insights and teachings, all to help contribute to this shared vision?

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 27, 2017 Cin 0

Please be careful – permethrin is deadly to cats.

I have three cats to keep our mice population down. We use a spray with permethrin in it on our clothes when we go out in the woods, but we keep it away from the cats.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 27, 2017 Cin 0

Please be careful – permethrin is deadly to cats.

I have three cats to keep our mice population down. We use a spray with permethrin in it on our clothes when we go out in the woods, but we keep it away from the cats.

Statistics: Posted by Cin — Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:46 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 anita 0

My tick population has increased since I’ve had to keep my chickens in the run, due to the local hawks that are illegal to do anything to. (I do mean local.)

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” — George Orwell

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 anita 0

My tick population has increased since I’ve had to keep my chickens in the run, due to the local hawks that are illegal to do anything to. (I do mean local.)

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” — George Orwell

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 rebnavy1862 0
Stahlrosen wrote:
That’s interesting. I may have to try that in spots.

Have you tried Guineas? They work too. Unless you are like my neighbor who has a resident Eagle and finds them a tasty meal :blink: I told her at least they are going for a good cause!

Guinea fowl are fantastic tick eaters. I don’t have ticks anymore. I trained them to roost at night in the coop with my hens. I don’t lose any to night predators. I have eagles and hawks, but the guineas are savvy about warning each other.
Reb

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Tick Tubes

April 26, 2017 Stahlrosen 0

That’s interesting. I may have to try that in spots.

Have you tried Guineas? They work too. Unless you are like my neighbor who has a resident Eagle and finds them a tasty meal :blink: I told her at least they are going for a good cause!

Statistics: Posted by Stahlrosen — Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:44 am