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Episode-1977- Meat Rabbit Management with Tiffany VanderBie

Happy Rabbits at Vanderbie Farms

Tiffany is an owner/operator of VanderBie Farms with her husband Jesse. They have been raising meat rabbits (among goats, chickens, quail, and bees) on their farm for about 3 years now.  They take pride in their work and always strive to produce the best that they can.

Today Tiffany joins us to discuss how they manage their rabbitry.  Why they got into rabbits in the fist place.  Selecting animal for breeding, processing meat animals and deciding when to cull or pass on breeders.

We also discuss some awesome recipes for cooking rabbit meat.  We also talk about some new plans that Tiffany has for her homestead along with the importance of moving slowly when starting out and fully nailing down one form of livestock before adding another.

Today We Answer Questions Like…

  • How Tiffany’s rabbitry is set up
  • How to choose your rabbits (either buying or keepers)
  • The way to cull and process your rabbits
  • How to properly breed rabbits
  • How long gestation, kindling, and weaning take
  • How to market rabbits for sale
  • Some good recipes for rabbit meat
  • How to keep track of the rabbits? (Records, tattoos, etc.)

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Episode-1717- Quail Keeping Q&A Edition

Quail are Uber Productive and Give You Delicious Eggs

Quail are Uber Productive and Give You Delicious Eggs

So I had anohter one of my little ideas for an easy show.  Ask me about quail and I will do what I can to answer them.  Figured a dozen questions might come in, well um yea.  The Regenerative Ag Group on Facebook alone has PAGES of questions on this.

Frankly this makes the Three Hours of Q&A I did on ciders and meads look like a walk in the park!  But I will do my best.

To make this even doable, here is what I decided to do.  There is no way to go though them in real time with like a rapid fire response, so I took about two hours to come up with the questions below.  I have tried to make them as generic as possible.  Some of the more specific questions to an individual I can work into general feedback shows in the future.

Join Me Today As I Answer…

  • What type of quail do I have [time stamp 13:45]
  • Do I have a good book on quail to recommend [time stamp 15:20]
  • What type of quail gives the best yield of meat and eggs [time stamp 16:25]
  • What is the difference between a Texas A&M Quail and a Brown Quail [time stamp 17:30]
  • Why am I likely to switch from A&M back to Browns [time stamp 21:00]
  • How would you breed to get white quails if you wanted that [time stamp 23:03]
  • Since birds like Bobwhites get bigger why not raise them [time stamp 26:45]
  • How do I find quail to buy locally [time stamp 28:35]
  • What is the biggest initial cost in getting set up [time stamp 31:49]
  • What bases do you really need to cover before getting birds [time stamp 36:43]
  • How small a number makes sense what is the lowest number you’d recommend [time stamp 40:43]
  • What is there optimal stocking density, how dense is just too dense [time stamp 43:30]
  • How would you set up quail in a rack system – IE garage style [time stamp 46:52]
  • How would you set up quail in caging but out doors [time stamp 51:32]
  • How would you set up quail in a “quail tractor” [time stamp 56:49]
  • How would you set up a coop/run style of thing [time stamp 1:04:00]
  • How will my rotational aviary work [time stamp 1:05:55]
  • How can you automate watering [time stamp 1:12:28]
  • How can quail be integrated into a composting system [time stamp 1:14:10]
  • Why can’t you “free range quail” or use electro net systems [time stamp 1:18:23]
  • How can you deal with mosquitoes and flies around your quail [time stamp 1:21:22]
  • Could you do quail “seasonally” and not keep them though winter [time stamp 1:24:40]
  • What do I feed my quail  [time stamp 1:34:00]
  • Why do quail get prolapse or weak shelled eggs [time stamp 1:37:50]
  • What special needs do they have diet wise [time stamp 1:39:37]
  • How to you minimize feed waste [time stamp 1:40:15]
  • What is the best breeding ratio [time stamp 1:42:58]
  • Can you grow 100% of the food your quail need [time stamp 1:44:20]
  • What about really hot climates [time stamp 1:50:38]
  • What about really cold climates [time stamp 1:51:42]
  • What do they taste like, is the meat dark, light, etc. [time stamp 1:53:10]
  • Why do I skin vs. pluck my birds [time stamp 1:57:10]
  • How do I slaughter and process my quail [time stamp 2:00:06]
  • How many eggs do they really lay [time stamp 2:06:40]
  • My birds are old enough but not laying, why [time stamp 2:09:22]
  • Why are quail eggs better than chicken eggs [time stamp 2:12:02]
  • What is the brooding process [time stamp 2:19:56]
  • What is the incubation process like, what type of incubator works best [time stamp 2:22:16]
  • How many birds do I need to eat quail once a week and eggs three times a week [time stamp 2:26:52]
  • What are the input and out put numbers, feed, time, production [time stamp 2:37:18]
  • Can you legally sell meat in _____ [time stamp 2:41:15]
  • Can captive quail really be part of a regenerative system, isn’t it small scale factory farming [time stamp 2:47:50]

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Nursery “Plant Of The Week”4 In 1 Fruit Salad Tree It is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9

Multiple-budded fruit tree on Nemaguard rootstock, with 4 of the following varieties:  Polly White Peach, Harcot Apricot, Harken Peach, Harco Nectarine, Superior Plum.

If you need more variety from a limited space? The multiple-budded fruit tree is the answer! Multiple-budded fruit trees will give you several fine selections of tree-ripened fruit from the space of a single tree.

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

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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

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Episode-1286- Raising Rabbits with Rebecca Colvin

Rebecca Colvin has been raising show rabbits for the past 17 years. During this time she has seen and done pretty much everything you can think of with regards to raising rabbits, breeding, showing, heat problems, ventilation, pests, diseases, and so on.

Throughout the 17 years Rebecca has won at many shows and placed well at the national level. She raises Mini Rex for most of that time; they are a small cousin of the Rex rabbit, which is commonly used for fur and meat. The Mini Rex is more commonly used for the pet trade but they taste just as good as any other rabbit.

At the beginning of 2013 Rebecca started keeping her culls and eating them instead of selling them to keepers of big snakes and cats. Other then rabbits, Rebecca has a love all animals. She has three dogs, two finches, a Western Hog Nose, and a Betta fish named Rock Star. She works in Pet Retail helping educate people to become better pet parents.

Join Rebecca and I as we Discuss…

  • How do you start raising rabbits
  • What breed is right for you
  • What is the best set up for a rabbit barn
  • Considerations in choosing the location of your set up
  • How do you breed rabbits
  • How do you deal with extreme temperatures
  • What are the top mistakes people make when starting out

If you have questions for Rebecca you can ask them in the comments below or email here at minirexs at gmail dot com.

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Episode-1265- Christine Faith on Backyard and Urban Farming

Christine Faith of RightToThrive.org

Christine Faith of RightToThrive.org

Christine Faith is a local backyard farmer, devotee of sustainability, and example for other members of the community trying to reduce their impact on the planet while maintaining resilient households. Right to Thrive, Christine’s award winning blog, is an information clearing-house for backyard farmers along the Front Range.

Christine is an owner/co-founder of Ivywild Aquaponics & Neighborhood Farm, an artisan farm located in the historic Ivywild neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ivywild A & N Farm sells NSA shares (Neighborhood Supported Agriculture) featuring vegetables, eggs, and honey.

In addition to managing the small urban farm, Christine teaches classes on backyard farming, designs backyard farms, and consults for a local school district on a school garden project. Christine is also the founder and organizer of Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading.

Christine joins us to discuss designing an urban farm – how to create beauty, productivity, and food security in urban and suburban spaces. Along with designing for urban spaces and the considerations required to do so such as local laws and ordinances, weather and climate, soils, system integration,  microclimates, urban scale livestock, and maintaining curb appeal.

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Episode-1130- All About Urban Homesteading

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Given the announcement I made today about SilverBulletSilverShield.com it seems this is also an appropriate topic, I imagine some will get that aside and some won’t.  Today indeed we will discuss urban homesteading or as is often the more accurate term, suburban homesteading, but I just really feel like calling it urban homesteading today.

Today I feel like I am somewhere in the middle, I am certainly not in the urban homestead camp nor even the suburban homestead camp as I sit on 3 acres in a quite rural and unincorporated area.  I did have an urban homestead not long ago in Arlington, TX.

From there we went to a true mountain homestead and now we have what is more accurately a mini ranch.  All of this though has taught me a great deal about the advantages that exist in everything from large holdings to small lots.  The entire thing is a system of checks and balances, for everything you gain with one property, you loose the advantages of another.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What really makes an urban homestead “urban”, size, location, what?
  • What are some unique challenges and concerns for the urban homesteader?
  • How much land do you really need to have a true homestead feel?
  • What things must you avoid 100% if you are to have a enjoyable urban homestead?
  • How do animals fit into the equation, how do you pacify neighbors and avoid issues?
  • What are some things you can do to increase self reliance even in the city?
  • What are some real advantages of urban homesteading?
  • How might a group pool resources and buy property with common property lines?
  • Why I feel restoring the homestead in all locations is the solution to many of America’s problems

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1087- Taking “Mob Grazing” to the Small Piece of Land

The Toulouse Goose, a Great Homestead Grazing Animal.

The Toulouse Goose, a Great Homestead Grazing Animal.

We have discussed at brief quite a bit on “mob grazing” lately, specificlly the work of people like Alan Savory and Greg Judy and the amazing results they have had.

This has resulted in a large number of questions to me about  how we can replicate this in smaller permaculture systems.

The reality is it isn’t that difficult and simply by using smaller animals and understanding their behaviors we can gain similar results anywhere from a suburban yard to a small holding of a few acres.

My hope today is that the entire concept of mob grazing is understood for what it actually is.  Simply animals moving through a system they way they naturally would in nature.  Along with why our current livestock need management to behave “naturally”.  This is based both on land size limitations and the loss of the animals normal instincts due to centuries of domestication.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What is “mob grazing”
  • Why is mob grazing natural
  • Why does mob grazing work
  • Paddock shift and tractoring (advantages and disadvantages of each)
  • Thoughts on different animals and their roles in paddock shift/tractoring
    • Chickens
    • Rabbits
    • Quail
    • Ducks
    • Guineas
    • Goats and Sheep
    • Pigs
    • Geese
  • Understanding animal needs and making husbandry easy
  • Developing systems that others can run for you (when traveling)
  • Thinking differently about your land, it is all a garden

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-883- Victor Alfieri on the Urban Homesteading Movement

Vic Alfieri with His 3 Hens

Vic Alfieri with His 3 Hens

Victor Alfieri lives just 17 miles from New York City on a 1/4 acre lot but he hasn’t let that stop him from being a modern homesteader.  For Victor It all started after hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast when he started to see things a little differently.   While he wasn’t directly effected by the hurricane it got him thinking about being more prepared.  He began researching the aftermath and to him there was one thing that stood out.

No one was prepared not the general public, not the local government and certainly not the federal government.

Then a year or so later, he and his wife who both had financial business backgrounds began observing signs of bad times ahead. This put them on a course for research which began with the internet and frequent trips to the library.

Victor found an old book about the depression in 1930’s and started to remember the stories my grandmother would tell me about how they survived the depression.  Eventually he discovered square foot gardening and small livestock, specifically keeping laying hens.  His hens eventually put him on a course of conflict with his local government where he continues to fight for the right of people to simply provide themselves with top quality home grown food.

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Episode-875- Rick Worden of Rise and Shine Rabbitry

The Satin is a Great Dual Purpose Rabbit

The Satin is a Great Dual Purpose Rabbit

Rick Worden has promoting rabbits for homestead use and personally raising rabbits for 30 + years and feels every homestead should be raising rabbits due to their tremendous impact toward greater self sufficiency.   Rick’s company is Rise and Shine Rabbitry a small rabbitry in Mechanic Falls, Maine.

Their rabbits get premium care since they only raise a small number.  All rabbits are kept in individual raised cages inside a hoop-house, in the barn and some hutches outside. Rabbits are shaded through the summer heat with shade cloth and kept warm and dry all winter while enjoying the company of a flock of silkies for bug control.

Twice a day the rabbits have pasture plants and grasses and other homegrown produce scythed for them and served up fresh (in season), so even though the rabbits are not “pastured” they are still reaping the benefits of a nutritious and natural diet.

Through the winter months the rabbits are fed hay and their diet is also supplemented year-round with a pelleted feed and root crops also an herbal hay mix the Wordens dry that and store for the winter rabbit “blahs”. Rick is also growing sprouts and experimenting with other homegrown foods to grow in their short season.

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • Setting up rabbit housing
  • Choosing a breed to work with
  • Understanding the reality of eventual slaughter
  • The value of rabbit “waste” products – not just manure
  • Colony raising for those who travel at times
  • Selling rabbits why live sales are easier to deal with legally
  • Feeding rabbits off the land, you can do more than you think you can
  • Awesome ways to cook rabbits
  • Rules for safe and effective breeding
  • The right age to start breeding at
  • Reducing infant mortality
  • Using chickens and ducks for pest control
  • Other small livestock for the homestead
  • Multiple method of tanning hides

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Episode-789- A Progress Report from the Spirko Homestead

Jack in overlooking his homestead 2009 - What was a dream is now a lifestyle.

It’s Thanksgiving Week!  Woot!  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  Hang with my son, eat myself into a turkey coma with zero guilt, watch football, enjoy some scotch, watch football and snooze in front of a fire.  Thanksgiving is a “man holiday”, if such a thing exists at all.

Since this is such a great week, I wanted to keep things light and exciting so I figured it was a great time for a progress report on the Spirko Homestead instead of something heavy like a feedback show which always seems to have a lot of the economic mess in it.  So tune in today and I am just going to shoot from the hip and tell you whats going on and where we are going next.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • How one 25′ swale ditch changed how I see my property
  • How to build and use an A-Frame level
  • What is going on with Hugelkultur Project #2
  • Digging a ditch near trees, a sawzall is your friend
  • How to get your wife on board with major landscape changes
  • Keeping still ponds clean with reed beds and cattails
  • How a pond that doesn’t hold water can still fill up
  • Thoughts on Aquaponics, yea I think I am gonna do it
  • Frogs, pigeons, ducks and squirrel it is whats for dinner
  • Plans for the next Spirko dog, hoping it is a long time in our future
  • How Permaculture and survivalism are really the same
  • An awesome new DVD from Geoff Lawton

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