The Duck Chronicles Episode Forty – Time for a Mallard Sortie

Season Two of The Duck Chronicles will Begin Soon!

Season Two of The Duck Chronicles will Begin Soon!

Consider episode 40 a mid season teaser.  We will be bringing you what will essentially be “Season Two” beginning in about a month.  But don’t worry there is a lot to see today.

In The Duck Chronicles Episode Forty – Time for a Mallard Sortie the turkeys are now huge.  At only about 70 days of age the young males are already near 20 pounds in weight.  Also while I didn’t get it on video today, right after I shot this video one of the two gobblers started to gobble.

It is mid summer and the grasshoppers are at peak, so the birds are getting a ton of feed off the land and consuming about only half of the feed they were a few months ago.  We are dealing with “angel wing” on a few of the young muscovies.  This is a disorder that is supposed to be linked to nutritional issues, but I don’t think that is the case, the truth is no one knows what causes it or even if there is only one cause or serveral.  Sadly for these birds though I will not be letting them pass on their genetics.

We have a ton of girls brooding eggs with babies on the way anyway.  Mostly muscovies but a pair of cayugas have a nest together as well.  Additionally Pencil Neck the buff runner has been helping out, while not actually broody herself she is pitching in and giving the other girls breaks.

Lastly today we note that the ducks do have well formed social groups mostly based on who they were brooded with.  While not air tight you will observe most of the white layers stick together, so do the 18 young ducks that were part of our first clutch.  Barbie and her friends form a tight group of five even though Barbie can’t fly like the three baby mallards.

Mallards?  Yep you bet when Dorothy went to get friends for Barbie (now the most expensive free animal anyone ever “gave” me) the friends turned out to be one Cayuga and three mallards and of course two are fricken drakes.  They are fun to watch fly and you do get to see them do it in today’s episode, though a short flight I did manage to catch it on video for you.  Season two will be rolled out after our vacation! Stay tuned….

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Episode-1603- Expert Council Questions and Answers for 7-3-15

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Today is Friday so it is time for our ask expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third provide any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Geoff Lawton and Ben Falk give individual takes on flood plane land
  • Michael Jordan on the ins and outs of queening (bees that is)
  • Gary Collins Paleo for back packing and the 72 hour kit
  • Eric Strauss on the risks of botulism when canning
  • Bryan Black on home stead security in rural areas
  • John Pugliano on the continuing onslaught of automation
  • Paul Wheaton on an update form Wheaton Labs and his dukedom
  • Tim Glance on setting up a com network with military field phones
  • Darby on supplemental feed for pastured hogs and sourcing piglets
  • Keith Snow on deep frying alternatives to poor quality oils
  • Nick Ferguson on budget conscious productive homestead establishment

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Additional Links Provided by the Council

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Episode-1602- Gloria Flora on Small Scale Biochar

The Real Magic of Biochar is Seen Under Magnification

The Real Magic of Biochar is Seen Under Magnification

Gloria Flora founded and directs the U.S. Biochar Initiative (USBI) as a project of her non-profit, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions. Through USBI, Gloria promotes the sustainable production and use of biochar.

Biochar fits in the nexus of her work in large landscape conservation strategies, climate change action, forest health collaborative, public land sustainability and as well as her permaculture passion. Last century she served 23 years in the U.S. Forest Service, including as Forest Supervisor on two national forests.

Gloria and her husband are growing TerraFlora Sylvanculture Learning Center focused on permaculture in forested environments. Flora’s won many awards for environmental leadership and action, including having a new species of a Tanzanian toad named after her.

Join Us Today to Discuss…

  • What is biochar? Isn’t it just charcoal
  • How does biochar make soils more productive
  • Who discovered biochar
  • What kind of feedstock can you use to make biochar
  • Why should we care about biomass
  • What other uses does biochar have besides amending soil
  • How can biochar production be carbon neutral or negative
  • How can I make biochar at home
  • Can I buy biochar if I can’t make it
  • Where can you get more information on biochar

Resources for today’s show…

Note – Additional resource links will be added as soon as I receive them from Gloria.

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Last of the French Press Mugs


french press

TSP Gear Shop has filled all the pre-orders for the French Press Mugs and they have 6 mugs left. If you thought you missed out, now is your chance to grab one.

Printed with “A Revolution is Brewing” on one side and “The Revolution is You” on the other, these also come with a second lid if you just want to use it for a travel mug.

  • Nearly indestructible handle
  • Carabiner friendly
  • Constructed of double-walled, 18/8 restaurant-grade stainless steel
  • BPA-free
  • Storage compartment in the base for additional ground coffee, keys etc.
  • 14 oz. capacity, 6 3/4 H.

To get in on this final batch, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will ship for free. MSB members can take 10% off their entire order.

Episode-1601- Adam Katz on the Prepper Homestead Dog

A Great Dog Is a Great Part of the Prepper Lifestyle

A Great Dog Is a Great Part of the Prepper Lifestyle

Adam has been training professionally since 1992. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Interdisciplinary Field Studies and then traveled the world and worked with some of the best trainers he could find. He continues to do that– having returned from living in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, recently.

Adam is the current owner of the Reno dog training company Katz Trains Dogs and the former owner of both: South Bay K-9 Academy and Adam’s Las Vegas Dog Training Company. Ads for his dog training information products have appeared in: DogWorld, DogFancy, DogSports and others.

When the Dr. Phil Show needed a personal protection dog for one of their segments on rape prevention… Adam is the guy they called. He has trained alongside most of the top working dog trainers over the past 20 years.

Adam’s philosophy is to try to learn everything he can; And then keep the best techniques and discard the rest. He has trained dogs for obedience, behavior modification, tracking, personal protection, police work, drug detection, man-trailing, Schutzhund, agility and more.

Adam is the author of the best selling internet dog training book, “Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer: An Insider’s Guide To The Most Jealously Guarded Dog Training Secrets In History!” (available exclusively at: DogProblems.com) as well as several dog training dvds, dog training audio lectures, videos and dog training information products for the professional dog training industry.

He is also the author of the book, “Dogs for Preppers” “Backyard Chickens For Preppers” and “Guns For Preppers” under the pen name: Sobert Gummer

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1600- Owning Goats without Ruining Your Life

Nick Ferguson of Permaculture Classroom

Nick Ferguson of Permaculture Classroom

For most of the TSP audience Nick Ferguson needs no introduction, but he is an internationally traveled permaculture designer and consultant.  He is also one of the owners of PermaEthos along with being a long term member of the TSP community.

Nick states his best job is being “the husband of the sweetest and most patient woman alive, father of 3 crazy boys.”  After all of this, in his spare time he is working hard to develop a sustainable homestead in the piney hills of Louisiana.

Nick is also a member of the TSPC Expert council and a long time personal friend and beer drinking buddy of mine, though he still doesn’t know what a Saison is!

He is likely best known here as a plant propagation expert who developed the PermaEthos plant propagation course which has been successfully complete by several hundred people, however Nick is also an expert in many aspects of permaculture.

One of his real fortes is stretching dollars and doing a great deal with small livestock.  He has been keeping goat for most of his life and is well aware of the rewards and challenges of doing so.  He joins us today to discuss making a decision about goats and if you are going to do it, to do it with out hating yourself for doing so.

Join Nick and I Today to Discuss…

  • Why even keep an animal that has such a reputation for being a pain in the ass
  • How much land should I have before considering Goats
  • What kind of fence will keep them in
  • Lots of people say goats are impossible to train, how do you train a goat
  • What are the main health issues people run into
  • I heard goats taste awful, is there a trick to making the meat taste good
  • What should they eat and what should they not eat
  • What do I need to do to make sure the milk is safe and tastes good
  • Why is it necessary to keep goats in groups

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week

arbequinaArbequina Olive – Cold hardy variety that has one of the highest olive production and oil yields. The soil should be well drained.

This tree has an upright habit.  It is recommended that you cover the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing. Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted, it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures.

The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes.  The oil is of this olive is sweet, delicate and fragrant with intense fruitiness but low levels of bitterness and spiciness.  It is grown commercially for oil production is parts of California and Texas.  If you live above zone 7, you can grow it in a container and bring it inside during the winter months

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Taking a Day Off

I have been gone a lot lately, we had a wreck, the wife and I didn’t get much time together this weekend, etc. etc. so I am taking a day off from work today.  We are actually doing a lot of work outside, but we are doing it together.

I will be back tomorrow.

While I am away consider using the Listen to a Random Episode feature.  If you happen to get a blog post or an episode you don’t want to listen to, just hit it again, don’t worry it is free to use as many times as you want.

Episode-1599- Expert Council Questions and Answers 6-26-15

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Today is Friday so it is time for our ask expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third provide any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Nick Ferguson on raising goats without hating yourself for it
  • Erica Strauss on lacto fermentation ins and outs
  • Michael Jordon on the flow hive
  • Ben Falk on the difference between sustainable and regenerative
  • Geoff Lawton on self governance and doing business locally outside “the systems”
  • Bryan Black on firearms drills without going to the range
  • Chef Keith on cooking quail and thoughts on “gamey flavor”
  • Steven Harris on risks of living close to a nuclear power plant
  • Gary Collins where to start, who to trust when it comes to primal and paleo
  • John Pugliano on the next bubble and potential market correction
  • Paul Wheaton with an update on the Dukedom of Wheatonville
  • Darby Simpson on Scottish Highland Cattle
  • Tim Glance altering surplus gear that is in ACU camo so it is useful as camo

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Additional Links Provided by the Council 

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1598- The Ins and Outs of Legally Owning Firearm Suppressors (AKA Silencers)

Lane Douglas graduated from UT-Martin in 1975 with an Engineering degree. After a few years as an engineer, he began working in Industrial Sales. He retired in 2011, after 32 years in sales management, the last 12 as Regional Sales Operations Director for MSC Industrial Supply.

He opened Southern Silencers, LLC in 2014, a NFA Class 3, silencer business, selling silencers in the State of Tennessee.  His company provides suppressors and nothing else.  They are 100% customer focused and will work hard to help their customers make the right choice for their needs.

They also provide all the information you need to complete the necessary ATF paperwork for owning a suppressor and will even complete as much of the paper work for you as the law will allow, to help you make sure you get it done properly.

Join Lane and I Today as we Answer Questions Like…

  • Are silencers legal?
  • Do I need a permit or a license?
  • How effective are they?
  • How do silencers work?
  • Why is subsonic ammunition better?
  • Which caliber is the quietest?
  • How much paperwork is required?
  • How long does it take to complete the paperwork?
  • What is the cost of the paperwork?
  • What is an NFA Gun Trust?
  • What are the advantages of ownership through an NFA Gun Trust?
  • How do I clean the silencer?
  • Can I hunt with the silencer?
  • Do those oil filter things I see at gun shows work?

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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NE Seeds Joins the MSB

MSB Now Get 20% off at NE Seed

MSB Now Get 20% off at NE Seed

I have been working very hard to bring you guys a new seed vendor partner for the MSB.  We have some great ones but here is what I was looking for.

~ First – I felt we needed at least one provider that does large bulk orders for your guys engaged in market gardening, full on vegetable farming, lager permaculture projects and urban farming initiatives.

~ Second – I wanted a company that guaranteed NO GMO, but that was not enough, I wanted a company that had the stones to take “The Safe Seed Pledge” assuring us that they stood for Non GMO and were committed to it, not just using it as a marketing buzz phrase.

~ Third – The pricing breaks had to be solid on larger orders of say a quarter of a pound to several pounds or more.  A discount is great but if you are discounting something highly over priced it doesn’t really matter.

~ Fourth – Service, shipping and inventory had to all be exceptional.  I didn’t want a company with two varieties of tomatoes for a company that took four weeks to ship your order or one that didn’t answer inquiries.

Well in those four areas NE Seed got four solid, A+ grades!  Many of you came to my fall event and saw me mixing large mixes of vegetable seeds, many of those seeds came from NE.  Many of the seeds we spread this summer on the work with Jack weekends also came from NE Seed.  High quality, good selection, good pricing and NO GMOS, check, check, check and check.

The final requirement, a REAL discount, not something tiny like 2% or even 5%.  I wanted someone who understood the value of being in our MSB and would earn your business.  So how is 10%, good?  Sure, but how about 15%, better?  I mean that would be good, but no dice guys, what I got for you was 20%.

Yep NE Seed now offers all MSB members 20% off order using the MSB discount at checkout. Founded in 1987, the goal of NE Seed is to offer a line of high quality seeds and provide them at a reasonable price to everyone. Conventional, Organic, Heirloom and Hybrid varieties are available.

NE Seed has provided farmers and home gardeners with the seed varieties they need at the farm and at the table. Through a partnership with DP Seeds, a traditional breeder for America’s farms, NE Seed is able to offer those same varieties to home growers. Take advantage of the benefits of hybrid seeds such as improved disease resistance, increased uniformity and higher yields.

NE Seed is a NoGMO company and a signer of the Safe Seed Pledge. From packets to pounds at a time, you can always trust NE Seed.  Learn more at www.neseed.com

The discount code for NE Seed has already been added to your members area.  Just log in and you will find it on the benefits page.

Log In or Join the MSB for this and Other Great Discounts.

Log In or Join the MSB for this and Other Great Discounts.

This is another example of my efforts to expand the diversity of the MSB. If you have a high quality company and would be interested in discussing a discount for the MSB please let me know and we can see if we can reach an agreement.

The truth though is I am open to anything high quality that I feel my audience would benefit from and appreciate. Just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC discount partner in the subject line and tell me a bit about your offering.

If you have been on the fence about MSB this is just another example of the high quality discounts I work to negotiate for members.

To learn more about the MSB or log in to get your latest discount just visit the Members Page.