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by Tater Raider
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Co

Tater, I thought of you and the extreme chicken mansion you seem to be getting ready to build when I read Chicken Coop 101: Thirteen Lessons Learned over at Life at Cobble Hill. It's not like I'm putting central air in the thing... :oops: Checked the link and it helped with a question I've had on h...
by Tater Raider
Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Co

Who buries a building under rocks 30' deep? :shock: Bedrock is a lot deeper than that in this part of Iowa and I'm going to guess they used a backhoe/FEL much bigger than what I've got. Rock and rubble from the building got buried in a deep pit but I'm guessing not all of it made it terribly deep s...
by Tater Raider
Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Motorcycles
Replies: 73
Views: 7217

Re: Motorcycles

I know unless it's snowing/icy a bike is ride-able. I commuted with mine 30 mins in well below freezing temperatures. I kept knobby tires on the bike for snow. I had to wear snow pants, insulated boots, heated gloves and jacket and a snowmobile helmet. The trick is layering. I know I did it but als...
by Tater Raider
Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Co

Can I ask why you used 2 parts sand in the raised beds? Is that for drainage? Considering the size of the beds, I understand not going with the typical vermiculite/perlite, compost, peat mixture due to cost, but I think you might have created too much drainage, and not enough moisture holding power...
by Tater Raider
Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Co

I'm glad people enjoy the thread and it's inspiring/idea generating/showing people what not to do. As far as running the FEL without the backhoe, I've got options. Any counterweight would attach to a 3 point hitch which I have but you can't have the backhoe and hitch installed at the same time so th...
by Tater Raider
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:27 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Co

I missed it if you said it, but do you plan on fencing in the garden? The chickens will eat your garden if you don't keep them out. Ask me how I know. :| Yes but that is a separate project than the coop per the conservatorship so... The plan is to fence in 4 chicken runs so I can paddock shift and ...
by Tater Raider
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Co

Question why on Earth would you use the wheelbarrow to fill those planters? You have a front end loader use it! :lol: I actually did both. Using the wheelbarrow at the start because of space issues and then taking off the backhoe (as a counterweight) and using the FEL (Front End Loader) so I could ...
by Tater Raider
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Co

Pics of what's happened this week will be posted in a day or two. :oops: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3865/14798390028_a5df828a0a_c.jpg Wednesday is Food Pantry day and the refurbished trailer is sometimes needed due to the size of the order. This one was just a smidge too much for Dusty to handl...
by Tater Raider
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Down Sizing My Life
Replies: 21
Views: 3013

Re: Down Sizing My Life

Bonus part of a tiny home: you can move it to an undeveloped property (not sure what kind of property you're talking about but know that you hope to acquire land) easily and sink a well and put in a septic system with RV hookups (both are expensive propositions but that's how owning land in a rural ...
by Tater Raider
Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The Sheep Farming Thread
Replies: 896
Views: 60855

Re: The Sheep Farming Thread

:clap: :clap: Congrats! :clap: :clap:
by Tater Raider
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - If You're Having Fun is it Still Work?

Sorry, been busier than usual. The Taj MaCoop has been approved and a construction budget set by the conservatorship. I'm working the utilities for locating buried stuff now per state law (you gotta locate everything before you trench, plant a tree, do foundation work, etc.) and will be setting up a...
by Tater Raider
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The Sheep Farming Thread
Replies: 896
Views: 60855

Re: The Sheep Farming Thread

Orf?
by Tater Raider
Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - If You're Having Fun is it Still Work?

Taj MaCoop now has a Bill of Materials and a Cost Estimate. Previous Coop design came in at near enough so as not matter at $2,000. This had a traditional barn look with a gambrel roof and a "shed" on one side to use for nesting boxes and storage. At 120 ft² it provided room for about 24 chickens ov...
by Tater Raider
Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Food wars 2050?
Replies: 55
Views: 2403

Re: Food wars 2050?

Just want to point out that Community-Supported Agriculture is corporate farming. The grower is contracting with the buyers and that's all it takes to earn that label, farming to fullfil a contract. All other definitions are just spin. And having a 2 acre garden you harvest and split 20 ways seems a...
by Tater Raider
Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Finally replaced the Wrangler JK... UPDATE
Replies: 53
Views: 8936

Re: Finally replaced the Wrangler JK... UPDATED

Spare tire carrier would be my choice - safety factor and the whole matching tire/wheel combo thing. Then again, I rotate my spare with the rest of the tires so I'd say it depends on how you rotate tires. I also do a 5 tire rotation. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v239/Coal-Cracker/sparetire_zps...
by Tater Raider
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The Sheep Farming Thread
Replies: 896
Views: 60855

Re: The Sheep Farming Thread

wee drop o' bush wrote:We don't have the heaviest lamb weights that we achieved this time last year but on average the weights are up which means our overall flock has improved :v:
Good news!
by Tater Raider
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Finally replaced the Wrangler JK... UPDATE
Replies: 53
Views: 8936

Re: Finally replaced the Wrangler JK... UPDATED

Spare tire carrier would be my choice - safety factor and the whole matching tire/wheel combo thing. Then again, I rotate my spare with the rest of the tires so I'd say it depends on how you rotate tires. If you go 4 tire rotation, Rugged Ridge makes an interesting roof rack/light bar combo that sti...
by Tater Raider
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:11 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - If You're Having Fun is it Still Work?

Size of the pond will depend on how much I need for the earthworks on the hedgerow and if the surface area of said pond hits the point where we feel it might be a bit big we'll be going deeper than 6'. I'll see what I can do and avoid starting it until I start that and then not stop until I've got m...
by Tater Raider
Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: The Sheep Farming Thread
Replies: 896
Views: 60855

Re: The Sheep Farming Thread

Resolute wrote:Dyed sheep from the Tour de France...

http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/07/07/201 ... keover.htm
I love it!
by Tater Raider
Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Don't just wonder off!
Replies: 16
Views: 1847

Re: Don't just wonder off!

30 years can make you forget all kinds of stuff.
by Tater Raider
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - If You're Having Fun is it Still Work?

Halfapint wrote:Well then, get yourself a wagon or some sort of dump truck with trailer hitch to use your loader on....
I'll do what I can on that. :wink:
by Tater Raider
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - If You're Having Fun is it Still Work?

I don't know how many rock piles you can scavenge from, or what the area really looks like as for as rocks go. Smallest rock pile I've worked on took around 10 loads to remove half the pile (1 ton trailer, loaded and unloaded by hand with the largest rock weighing around, I shit you not, 300#). Tha...
by Tater Raider
Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - If You're Having Fun is it Still Work?

That hedgerow diagram is rather interesting. But that is a LOT of rocks. just average it you're looking at 6' high, 8 foot wide at the base. How many feet are you looking to go with this? Not only rocks but you're going to need to have dirt on it too. Probably have the dirt sit on the rocks for a b...
by Tater Raider
Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Blueberry Hill - Building a Garden Shed Sized Chicken Coop
Replies: 621
Views: 42736

Re: Blueberry Hill - If You're Having Fun is it Still Work?

Follow-up: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5491/14627779983_9dc98d618e_c.jpg Lady Tater checks out the nearly complete trailer. Jeep and trailer give you some idea on the rockpile's size. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3897/14584759256_4868bf6900_c.jpg But I couldn't fit it all into that last photo. ...

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