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Episode-1493- Adventures in Raising Ducks

Duck's Pack Like Behavior Makes Management Easy

A Duck’s Pack Like Behavior Makes Management Easy

Our duck activities have garnered a lot of requests for a full show on just ducks.  So today I will do my best.  I have been reluctant to do so for a few reasons.  The first is ducks are a new thing to me. I  grew up caring at least at times for chickens and geese.  I know their requirements well.

While I observed lots of semi wild muscovies in Florida, I was not responsible for their care other than feeding them surplus fishing bait.  As of right now my direct experience in duck husbandry is about 8 months long.  This spring we purchased our little ducks, we lost some but now we have 25 happy adults.  I have had good results but credit the ducks more than myself with that.

Leading me to the second reason, there just isn’t much to it unless you go out of your way to create work for yourself.  Rain and cold can kill a chicken, it makes a duck happy.  Ducks travel in groups, if you get one headed the right direction, pretty much everyone follows.  They forage, they eat, they poop, they quack and they lay eggs.  Unless you are breeding show quality birds or something there isn’t a lot to it.  At least that is how it feels at times.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why the duck is much easier to care for than a chicken
    • Loves cold
    • Loves rain
    • Easy to fence
    • Light on land
    • Herding is possible
    • Hunts as a pack
    • Cool manure
    • Creature of habit and routine
  • The not so great side of ducks
    • Messy
    • Single minded stubborness
    • Noisy
    • Creature of habit and routine
  • Duck breeds I am working with
    • Cayugas
    • Hybrid Layers
    • Rouens
    • Runners (various)
    • Khaki Campbell
    • Swedish (may be?)
    • Muscovy
  • Best All Around Breeds (my opinion based on research)
    • Meat – Pekins or Grimaud Hybrid Pekin – Jumbo Pekin
    • Eggs – Hybrid 300 Layers (gold or white)
    • Self Propagating Dual Purpose – Muscovy
    • Dual Purpose – Buff (aka Buff Orpington)
  • Duck eggs and why they rock
    • Ducks are born with 1500 ovum vs. the 1000 of a chicken
    • Ducks are good layers for 3-4 seasons
    • 6x the Vitamin D, 2x the Vitamin A, of chickens
    • 2x the cholesterol in duck eggs vs chicken eggs (good cholesterol)
    • Higher fat and energy content (good fat)
    • Thick, viscus yolks (beautiful over easy/medium)
    • Better for baking if that is your thing
    • Less likely to break yolks, or accidentally crack one
  • The basics of raising and managing ducks
    • “Experts say space the same as chickens
    • 4 sf per duck in “coop” 10 sf per duck in “yard”
    • Ducks don’t “perch” except for muscovies (sometimes)
    • Fencing can be 3 feet high except for muscovies (sometimes)
    • I don’t use laying boxes because the ducks don’t seem to care
    • Generally most eggs are laid by 730ish am
    • Provide water, they shit it up FAST
    • A ducks personality tends to be the sum of its flock personality
  • Hatching young ducks
    • If you can get a mom to do it, let her do it
    • Incubation is the same as chickens, it just takes longer
    • Store eggs for up to 10 days, then start all of them together
    • Day 1-25 99.5 turn 7 times a day, Day 26-28 98.5 no turning
    • Day 1-33 99.5 turn 7 times a day, Day 33-35 98.5 no turning (muscovy)
  • Brooding young ducks
    • Expect to brood for 3-5 weeks depending on season
    • Provide heat on one end of brooder
    • Spend a lot of time with them if you want them “tame”
    • Feed them chick starter
    • They can go into a “tractor” in good weather as early as 2 weeks
    • Do not introduce them to the main flock until they are at least 60% grown
    • Develop a drain system for water
    • No “bathing water” until 2 weeks
    • They MUST be able to dunk their heads in water
    • Some will die, accept it
  • Final thoughts
    • If you incubate get a good incubator
    • Beware of “Tractor Supply Disease”
    • eFowl and Metzer are great places to order
    • Just do it, it isn’t hard

Resources for today’s show…

fuyuBob Wells Plant of the Week – Fuyu Persimmon - The Fuyu Persimmon tree is highly adaptable from zone 7 to zone 10.

They are medium size, flat shape, still crunchy when ripe, non-astringent.  This means “bletting” isn’t required.

Cool or hot climate. Hardy, attractive tree, practically pest free. It ripens in the fall and is Self-fruitful.

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.

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Episode-1490- 22 Low Capital Businesses You Could Start in 2015

If you feel like this, may be it is time to do your own thing.

If you feel like this, may be it is time to do your own thing.

In episode 1487 I asked you guys what you wanted to hear about in the last regular episode of the year, the topic of low cost to start up businesses seemed most popular so, so be it.

I am a little leery of doing this show, because the what of a business is actually less important than the why, how, execution and passion of a business.  So I am going to ask you guys to do me a favor and use these ideas more as a think tank stye of things rather than, “Jack says these are good ideas”.

In the end a business is about trading value for value, one need only do that efficiently and one becomes profitable.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Exactly what makes a business successful
  • Why owning a business is the best way to earn a living
  • Deciding on a business based on 6 major attributes (abilities)
    • Scalability
    • Profitability
    • Referability
    • Marketability
    • Deliverability
    • Repeatability
  • Why in the end passion for success is so important, not necessarily passion for product
  • 20 Businesses you Could Start Cheap and Make Successful
    1. House Cleaning
    2. Child Care (rife with legal problems)
    3. General Handyman
    4. Pet Sitting/Walking
    5. Cooking/Catering/Home Meal Prep
    6. SPIN Farming
    7. Pooper Scooper – Yes I am Serious
    8. Organic/Local Food CSA Middleman
    9. Social Media Maniac
    10. Plant Leasing and Maintenance
    11. Pond Weeds to Compost
    12. Home Staging – Real Estate Consulting (not agent stuff)
    13. Back Yard Nursery
    14. Tree Pruning and Firewood
    15. Debt Collections – The Ethical Way
    16. Power Washing
    17. Pool Care (above ground is a great niche)
    18. Tour Guide – be creative, very creative
    19. Deck and Fence Cleaning/Staining
    20. eBay Consignment Trader
    21. Fishing – Hunting Guide
    22. Vacation Planner – (on the ground, not a travel agent)
  • In the end remember it is the why, how, execution and passion of a business not the product

Resources for today’s show…

pear_1Bob Wells Plant of the WeekWarren Pear Tree – The Warren Pear tree is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

It is an excellent quality dessert pear and the tree is highly resistant to fire blight.  It produces medium to large, long-necked fruit with pale green skin, sometimes blushed red. Smooth flesh with no grit and it is juicy and buttery with superb flavor.

Cold hardy down to -20 degrees F and ripens early August.. It is a good keeper, requires only 600 chill hours and is self-fruitful. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1482- John Pugliano on Small Business as a Wealth Building Tool

John Pugliano of Investable Wealth

John Pugliano of Investable Wealth

John Pugliano is a late blooming entrepreneur and the founder of Investable Wealth, LLC an independent fee only investment advisory firm. John served in the military for 7 years before starting a 20 year corporate career in sales and marketing of industrial products.

More importantly he followed his passion and honed his skills as an individual investor for over 25 years before becoming an investment adviser. Understanding the plight of the retail investor, he advises clients using the experience he gained while managing his own portfolio. John has recently launched the Wealthsteading Podcast.

John practices what he preaches. He believes in first being a disciplined saver, getting your preps in order, and then investing in the stock market. John is a long time TSP listener, he’s a MSB member, and a PermaEthos Founder.

Today he joins us to discuss small business ownership as a primary method of building wealth.  In this show John discusses getting mentors, developing entrepreneurship groups, funding your start up, building local and then reaching out nationally or internationally.

He then goes into why value add is a great entry method into business start up.  How you can gain insight by talking to local businesses and business owners.  John also explains the necessity of a simple business plan, keeping employee head count low or even to zero and learning from your mistakes.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1481- The Backyard Nursery

Goji Cuttings Rooted in 5 Days Flat!

Goji Cuttings Rooted in 5 Days Flat!

In the last two years I have planted over 400 trees, bushes, vines, etc. on my property.  Right now I have 150 small support trees (locust and autumn olive) waiting to be planted into my food forest.

The sheer variety of what will be budding out and going into full on growth mode in 2015 has me very excited.  There are over 20 varieties of apple, an equal if not higher variety of plumbs, 6 different low chill cherries and more.  I still have to find a home that will meet the needs of 10 bush hazels.

I have even found a spot I call current row and it is now planted with 7 currant varieties, this little sweet spot is perfect to help currants survive my harsh climate.  I have many varieties of autumn olive going like gang busters, three different mull berry species and comfrey nestled down for the winter everywhere.

It has all been a ton of fun, but let me tell you what I have learned during this time…

1.  Plants are trees are fascinating
2.  The variety of what is available in any climate is staggering
3.  Even small spaces can be planted with dozens or hundreds of trees
4.  For every tree you are going to want 10 or more other perennial plants
5.  Finding what you want is often difficult and highly seasonal
6.  The big one, plants and trees are expensive!

This has led me to begin the planning and development of my own back yard nursery.  Today I will discuss that and the things are are currently building and installing.

I will also discuss the opportunity that exists in this space for running your own business and the various ways you can get started.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My current plans (phyical build happening now)
    • Intermittent Misting Beds
    • Tree seedlings and grow out beds
    • Nursery work station
  • Future plans
    • High quality green house
      • Highly Insulated
      • Rear wall solid, no glass
      • Lean-to style roof
      • Power and automated watering
      • Really a small house with plants in it
      • Will use a thermal battery (earth based)
      • Delayed until next season (wife is getting her kitchen first)
  • Why this makes a good business model
    • Value creation – product production
    • Current demand exceeds supply
    • Allows for story based marketing
    • You are selling an appreciating asset
    • Countless niches
      • Cider Apples
      • Medicinal Plants
      • Regional Specific
      • Build a Guilds
      • What Can You Think Of
    • Creates repeat and referral business
    • Legal hurtles are small (nursery permit)
    • Product can be sold local, shipped or both
    • Good margins, room to cut deals
    • Easily started, not easily replicated
    • Many small producer advantages over the “big guys”
  • Some Plants I am Excited to Work With
    • Goji Berry
    • “Designer Autumn Olive” and Goumis
    •  Various “seedling” and “spitter” apples
    • Bush Cherries
    • Elders
    • Plums
    • Figs
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1460- The Effective Marketing of a Permaculture Farm with Stefan Sobkowiak

Stefan Sobkowiak  of Miracle Farms

Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture.

He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Today’s Steven returns to TSP to discuss the multidimensional harvest of a permaculture farm or orchard and how to effectively market the production profitably.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1433- Developing an Online Business

It has been a long time since I have really dug deep into this topic.  Our mission at TSP is to help people become more self sufficient.  The reality is the biggest systemic dependency most people must deal with is economic dependence.

Economic dependence also leads to a required acceptance of many things you don’t want in your life.  Trading time for dollars is what the labor force is based on.  Yet the entire concept of “labor” is actually disdained by most business owners, even those that treat people very good.  In the end a labor force is an massive expense and a massive source of frustration.

Every business, no matter how well they treat employees is always looking to improve efficiency, at least if it is to survive it is.  Every time I improve efficiency I reduce my need for labor relative to my production.  This means quite literally that business is and has been seeking to design out labor to the highest degree possible for a very long time.

So all while we are told about “job creation” the entire system is based on systemic job elimination.  To be brutally honest, if I am employing 500 people and improved efficiency will let me get rid of 50 I will do so.  Why?  Beyond the capital return, it will let me purge the 10% of the lowest performers from my company.  In the end the 450 will actually be a lot happier.

There is nothing wrong with a job and being an employee, just understand the above is the reality of your existence.  You are employed only because you are either necessary or perceived necessary.  That alone should make most people at least consider either building a business or learning to at least market themselves more effectively.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The entrepreneur mindset is for everyone, even employees
  • The entrepreneur mindset is infectious, just warning you
  • Business ownership is easy, successful business dev and operation is hard
  • You are likely to fail, so what, that’s great
  • How the internet should really be seen and what is an online business
  • The two types of products, there are only two, no more
    • Needed
    • Desired
  • There are three primary reasons people buy, only three
    • Entertainment
    • Profit
    • Life Changing
  • Define the market in simple terms
    • Who are they (BE SPECIFIC)
    • What do they want (BE VERY SPECIFIC)
    • How do they want it delivered (BE LASER PRECISE)
  • Thoughts on getting started, why just do it works
  • Remember if you are just starting no one is paying attention
  • Success comes with time, if the work is done and a system is followed
  • Many times it is best to develop a market and make the market develop the product
  • Why I suggest above all, follow your passions

 

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1428- Libertas a Virtual Nation

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

In Episode 1421 I discussed both the Estonian E-Citizen Program and Ecuador’s new Digital Currency and asked a simple question, could digital currencies and the concept of E-Citizenry be used to create a virtual nation.

I think this is a valuable thought experiment and I have some ideas I want to share today.  The goal is to get a discussion going about what can be done, vs. what can’t be done.  What might work vs. why nothing can work.

As part of this I created a forum thread to discuss a Virtual Nation’s Constitution would be like.  There has been some interesting discussion and in particular some clear examples of limited thinking demonstrated in it.  Part of this is my fault, for calling it a constitution.  That framed it in the world of Statism vs. Nationalism.  A better term would have been a Technical Specification.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • First I don’t want to be in charge, this isn’t my thing it is a thing
  • Why we really should consider this
  • Why we would not need, presidents, senators, etc.
  • What makes a nation accepted by other nations and where VNs have an advantage
    • Land
    • Hard Force
    • Money
    • Population
    • Soft Force
    • Defensive Force
    • Defined Borders
  • What is a nation vs. what is a state
    • Nation – a large group of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent or history.
    • State – an organized community living under one government
  • How the economy might work
    • A set amount of contribution to the national reserve is established
    • A new citizen buys something like bitcoin
    • The bitcoin is exchanged for the nations currency
    • The bitcoin or other currency is held as a reserve
    • The two currencies are pegged to a fixed exchange rate
    • Citizens do business in the virtual nation with the nations currency
    • The reserve is a vault that citizens can buy currency from or convert it to an outside currency
    • The action of buying currency is what creates it
    • Yes Bitcoin already does a lot of this, sort of
  • Why do it?
    • As an example
    • As peaceful revolution and protest
    • To assert individual liberty however we can
  • Replacing roles of the state
    • Conflict resolution (courts)
    • Education
    • Security
    • Privacy
    • Leadership
    • Commerce
    • Product Quality Assurance
    • What Can You Add
  • Final Thoughts

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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Episode-1424- Mike Cornwell on Building a Business from Scratch

Mike, "New Mike" Cornwell

Mike, “New Mike” Cornwell

Mike is a highly motivated Permaculture enthusiast who enjoys working with diverse living systems and attempting to invert problems into solutions. Michael is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has gained, and helping people with starting their own paths to happy and healthy lifestyles.

He specializes in the hot and humid climate transition between temperate and sub-tropical at 30 degrees latitude. He lives with his wife Christine on their 8.5 Acre homestead in South Eastern Louisiana. They started the transition of their homestead in early 2013 and has made great progress towards increasing bio-diversity and establishing a welcoming human habitat.

His homestead is now home to many animals, earthworks and over 100 different cultivar varieties of perennial edible trees and bushes. He maintains a permaculture and homesteading blog about his homestead at MikeCornwell.com.  Mike received his Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton and another by Ben Falk from Whole Systems Design.

Mike joins us today to discuss, Starting your own business and passive income streams using niches as a focus. This includes any business idea to include permaculture.  Including the book he is writing and why it was chosen as his first project, the book is called, “Easy Chicken Tractors You Can Build Today”.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1418- How Can I Find a Better Way to Make a Living

I am not sure why but I have been hit up with a ton of emails lately asking for career and business advice.  I guess something is stirring up the natural desire for liberty at a higher level and many are seeing their employment for what it is, indentured servitude.

Jobs are not inherently bad things.  I had many jobs over the years.  Some people don’t want to be entrepreneurs they just want a better career and a better place to work.

I find it hard to advise people on this stuff.  Yes I spent a lot of years employee but I have been an entrepreneur for most of my life as well.  Even when I  had a j-o-b I still had some sort of a side business.  I started my first real company in 1998, it is often hard after all those years to advise on both the entrepreneur and employee side of the fence but I will do my best to do so today.

For anyone that wonders if this is a survival topic, I will just say this.  Most preppers get into survivalism because of a fear that something could go wrong and cost them their incomes, their savings, their homes and their happiness if they are unprepared.

Great but if you are miserable now, how happy do you really think you’ll be eating MREs in the apocalypse?  Or, will it matter that only you lost your home due to a lost job and everyone else still has theirs?  Does it make sense to worry about the collapse of a dollar when you barely have any dollars?

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Start with what is good about your current job/business/income
  • Then yes dig into what is bad about it, what you hate
  • Next ask yourself what do I really love to do (focus on doing not the thing)
  • Now find the things that let you do the things you love to do (product)
  • No identify the obstacles to doing what you want to do
  • Develop a plan to leverage what you have to get what you need
  • The key really lies in personal development and confidence
  • No one will give it to you and luck is only what you make of it
  • Those who create reap the greatest rewards and fall the hardest
  • In the end you have to make the choices for yourself

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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Bob Wells Plant of the Week

Lapins Cherry – Highly adaptable zone 5 to zone 9. – This cherry is one of the few truly self-fertile options, making it ideal for small back yard growers with limited space.  Additionally it only requires 400-500 chilling hours. It is also one of the few cherry trees that can be planted in full sun, even in zone 9 and handle the extreme summer heat in the south, yet cold hardy enough to handle the extreme cold in zone 5. Order this Plant from Bob Wells

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Episode-1415- Stefan Sobkowiak on the Permaculture Orchard

Stefan Sobkowiak  of Miracle Farms

Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture.

He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Today’s interview was like meeting a kindred spirit.  Stefan and I spoke for almost two hours and barely covered half of what I wanted to discuss with him.

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