The Duck Chronicles Episode Six – A New Water Fix

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In The Duck Chronicles Episode Six – A New Water Fix we have found a great solution for watering in the brooder. A short version of the metal brooder feeders.

You can find these feeders on Amazon at this link, http://amzn.to/1EXNUuC

On the weight gain we went from 2.72 ounces to 3.53 ounces on our 20 duck sample weight. That is a 24 hour gain of 29.7%.

We also answer a viewers question about “bluish eggs”. Let us know any questions you want answered and we will always try to put them in a future episode.

Here is a bonus photo for today’s episode.  This is all 50 in one brooder while we are cleaning the other one.

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The Duck Chronicles Episode Five – One Less Baby Alive

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As you can tell by the title The Duck Chronicles Episode Five – One Less Baby Alive the sick duck from the day before didn’t make it.  This is part of the reality of raising livestock and should be considered along with many other things before you take on the responsibility.

Today we discuss the weight gain, avg went from 2.3 to 2.72 ounces.  With a full count of 50 ducklings remaining that is a total weight estimate of 136.25 ounces vs. 116.5 the day prior.  This is a total body weight gain of 16.9% in 24 hours.

Today we also discuss how our brooder is a proof of concept and how I would scale up a permanent large scale brooder.  We also discuss that the best way to brood would be not to, instead let mom do it.

Episode-1509- Establishing Productive Living Fence Systems

A Living Fence Made of Apple Trees

A Living Fence Made of Apple Trees

Guys I am going to move the Friday show to Monday and the Monday show to Tuesday next week.  After traveling this week I am way behind, between grading PermaEthos projects, the travel and getting GenForward to the next level I am just warn out.

It is also the case that lot of my projects and planing on the homestead are falling behind so today I will combine the two in this episode.

As I am moving from a chicken based system to a duck based system I have a need to divide my 3 acre property into a minimum of 3 one acre paddocks for effective management of forage and vegetation control.  Based on one existing cross fence this can be accomplished with two simple fences on the other two acres.  Both running to buildings which highly reduce the amount of fencing require.

Of course one of my major challenges is the rock on the property.  I also don’t really want two big ugly permanent fences bisecting my property.  My solution is to put in simple cheap low temporary fencing based on my cinder block and concrete design.  Install a few gates and then plant a productive hedge row along the same path.  In 2-3 years the hedge rows should be more than adequate to control ducks.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How I came to this solution
  • Why it might or might not be right for you
  • Why I feel my solution will require irrigation
  • The keys to making this type of system financially viable
    • Fast growing
    • Appropriate technology
    • Cheap plants (cuttings, seed or very cheap seedlings)
  • Understanding productive
    • Food production
    • Fuel production
    • Fodder production
    • Medicine/Tea
    • Soil building
    • Wind blocking
    • Cost effective
    • Wildlife Habitat
  • Some species that might work well for such a fencing system
    • Apple
    • Mulberry
    • Goji Berry
    • Rosa Rugusa
    • Jujube
    • Hazle Nuts
    • Loquat
    • Plum
    • Aronia
    • Osage Orange
    • Black Locust
    • Autumn Olive
    • Tea (Camellia)
    • Currant/Gooseberry
    • Willow
  • Some other plants to consider with some limitations
    • Cane fruits (black and raspberry)
    • Bamboo
    • Elderberry
    • Mesquite/Acacia
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Sources Mentioned Today

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The Duck Chronicles Episode Four – Rapid Growth in Store

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Today on The Duck Chronicles Episode Four – Rapid Growth in Store  we have our first weight gain information.  The birds weighed an average of 1.81 ounces and 24 hours later we are at 2.33 ounces a gain of 28.7%!

The water drain system is working great and we can go 2 days per brooder clean out but need to clean the drain pan likely twice a day.

We have one bird who is failing to thrive and not eating.  She likely won’t make it another day, we have put her in a hospital tank but since she won’t eat, she likely won’t make it.  This is part of raising animals.  Ducklings tend to have a 1.5-3% mortality rate.  So when you raise 50 you are likely to lose at least one.

PS – For those asking here is a video on how I built the drain system for the water.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hd2pc73rFo

Episode-1508- Building with Shipping Containers

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Learn More about Chuck’s Cabin at the TSP Forum

Chuck (Uzi4U2 on the TSP forum) has built a cabin from shipping containers in the northern Ozarks of Missouri. He spent 15 years in the Marine Corps as an NBC specialist and then Chief Warrant Officer.

Chuck served in Dessert Storm, the beginning stages of OIF and has spent considerable time on and near sea ports.

He has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s in Information System Management. He shoots as often as he can get away, and reloads and casts his own bullets to feed his hobby. Lastly, he is an Eagle Scout, which really began his interest in “Being Prepared”.

One day he decided to make a go of building a cabin from shipping containers.  He also started a thread at the TSP forum chronicling his adventure that has become very popular.  So he is joining us today to discuss how his project has gone, what worked well, what didn’t and how you can use shipping containers for your own projects.

He Joins Us Today to Discuss Building with Shipping Containers and Answer Questions Like…

  • What exactly is a shipping container
  • What is their history / how did they originate
  • What are the dimensions of a basic shipping container
  • What types are there, and what features do they share
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses a container
  • What are the pro’s and con’s of using a shipping container for construction
  • What things go into the design criteria for a good shipping container structure
  • How did you build yours
  • What are some basic designs that would be simple to put together
  • Can I bury a shipping container more importantly should you

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.

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The Duck Chronicles Episode Three – A Dry Brooder for Me

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In Episode Three of The Duck Chronicles – A Dry Brooder for Me.  The water system is working perfectly as it the ceramic heater.  Amazon however jacked up the heaters to 18 bucks from 7.  The ducks have an average weight of 1.81 ounces.  Each group consumed about a cup of food.

Make sure to ask any questions you have about our ducks and their systems and I will include answers on a future update.

The Duck Chronicles – Episodes One and Two

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Today we had 51 White Hybrid 300 Layers from Metzer Farms arrive.  We decided it would be fun to do quick daily updates about them until they are ready from full flock introduction.

In The Duck Chronicles Episode One – Arrival at the Post Office the ducks arrive.  We cover shipping, pick up and why getting them shipped is okay to do.  Picking up your birds before the Post Office is even open is not only okay, they call you and ask you to do it.  You get a sneak peak in the box before we even leave the parking lot and more.


In The Duck Chronicles Episode Two – Into the Brooder With You! We cover the heater, the feeder, the water situation and more.  You can see more about the water system at this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hd2pc73rFo

To find the heaters we use just go here.  http://amzn.to/1CyQSG6 to get the clip on light fixture you can use this link http://amzn.to/1v6m1QJ but please know that they cost about 7 dollars at Lowes, Home Depot, TSC etc. and are over ten bucks on Amazon.

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Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on teaching children, ducks, self defense, guns, investing and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • Something very cool being added to the plant propagation course
  • A bit of an update from my trip with Mark Shepard
  • A new video series “The Duck Chronicles”
  • A quick little fun thing for Steelers Fans
  • Raising ducks in woodlands
  • Of ducks, duck poop and pond water
  • How can we help our children to be more rugged and resilient
  • A plan to though soup cans at school shooters, why is isn’t a bad plan
  • What to do about trees already growing on an old existing dam wall
  • Do you really need to “break in” a gun barrel, um, no
  • Would I recommend that you “invest” in gems as an equivalent to silver and gold, no

Resources for today’s show…

nectarine_basket_small2Bob Wells Plant of the WeekRed Gold Nectarine – The Red Gold Nectarine is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9. It is a yellow freestone nectarine. It produces large fruit with a beautiful blush red skin covering its firm, juicy flesh.

Although the Red Gold Nectarine is a small tree with a mature height of 12-14 feet it puts on quite a show through the seasons. As with all Nectarine cultivars, the Red Gold does not require a pollinator. The Red Gold Nectarine will thrive in full sun and you will be amazed by the abundant harvest in mid-summer.

Perfect for eating right off the tree and a top choice for desserts. They’re also great for canning and freezing.

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

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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No TSP for Monday and Tuesday this Week

Just a reminder there will be no TSP this Monday or Tuesday.  I am currently doing some consulting for a client with Permaethos along with Mark Shepard’s team.  TSP will return on Wednesday.

Keep an eye on the Twitter and Facebook feeds for some cool pics and perhaps some short videos.

Huge Patch Sale at TSP Gear Shop

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TSP Gear Shop
is holding a major sale on all of their patches. Individual patches are $3.00 off and ship for free. And, when you buy more, the savings increase. 2 patches for $10 and 5 for only $20.

There is also a new 299 Days Patch Set, that has all 4 of the 299 Days patches for only $17.00.

Shipping is Free on all orders! If you are Members Support Brigade, take another 10% off. These are all high quality, durable, Velcro-backed, 3D, PVC patches that are Made in the USA by our friends at Combat Swag.

Get started by visiting TSP Gear Shop today and making your own 5 pack, with the Mix and Match Set

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