Where are we today?

Today rather than judge ourselves by some illusory benchmark of historical rural American self ‘sufficiency’ we might do better for each of us to make the effort to be more self-reliant. By self-reliant I mean making the goal to do as much as possible for one’s self. When organizing a household – whether in an …

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Organic Hen Feed? Sorry, Not Interested.

I’ve just heard on NPR this morning that the current price for organic soy beans (mostly imported from China) has risen to $800 a ton – roughly twice what it was last year.  This has put commercial organic chicken raisers and their customers in a financial bind.  For those of us raising our own birds …

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Our Fabulous Homemade Chicken Plucker

Next weekend is hen culling day; we have some older spent hens and some hens who don’t lay enough to justify dealing with their aggressive barnyard attitude.  So on Sunday the flock will go from 29 to 15.  This time we will have the use of a homemade chicken plucker. My very clever husband, Kip, …

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