10/08/2008 at 7:18 pm (home)

I’m sick and tired of talking, thinking, reading and dreaming about livestock.

So this evening, when I saw the last of this year’s pullets at Orscheln marked down to $1 a piece I decided that I had had enough of the talking, thinking, reading and dreaming.

We are now the keepers of 10 small chicks. Four are Black Australorps and six are Rhode Island Reds.

Now I have six weeks to prepare suitable outdoor housing for them.

Next: goats.



  1. Sunshine said,

    Nick & Noel, how in the world do I subscribe to your blog? Is it possible? I live in Indy too, and reading this… I feel such a kindred spirit, though that may seem lame. Also, Noel- do you own or have you heard of ‘Carla Emory’s Encyclopedia Of Country Living’? It’s packed full of WONDERFUL knowledge and how-to for back-to-basics living. I have a copy that is just about thread bare, but if you don’t have it, I would be honored to give you my copy. I’m a member of Freecycle and gave you a dog house and recieved some curtain rods from you. I’m into photography and that’s how I found Nicks website, which directed me to this one.

  2. Clair Schwan of Frugal Living Freedom said,

    You’ll enjoy raising chickens. They are great two legged garbage disposal units, and they provide lots of eggs once you get them up and going. We have 14 and they provide us with a dozen eggs a day.

    Be sure to keep them safe from predators. The fox in the hen house isn’t just a story. They are quick, quiet and can pile up a few chickens before they decide to depart the scene.

    I also like ducks. They’re a bit messy, but a good bug catching animal, and I enjoy the rich flavor of duck meat.

    Soon I’ll be adding to my site a good discussion about chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. These are all animals that can be kept on a relatively small place to provide a sustainable culture of good meat and eggs. I’ll also address fish and rabbits because these are relatively simple to care for in a small area as well.


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