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another day
January 30, 2012, 1:14 pm
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I posted the pics the other day of the cabin and chickens and rabbits, but forgot to mention the one pic of the tower and antenna is for my HAM radio setup.  I hope to be able one day to affford a YEASU FT-897 radio and a nice antenna. I also want to get (2) 123w solar panels and a charge controller, and a composting toilet would be awesome.  I really wish i could find a couple of corporate sponsors to donate these items to me, in return for reviews and product reccomendations. The solar setup i am trying to put together is just enough to charge a few 12v batteries so i can run (3) 12v lights, a 12v water pump, and the HAM radio gear, and in the summer a couple of the small 12v fans i have ( like the ones used in vehicles or school busses ).  The pic of the outhouse base is my design that i haven’t finished yet,  if i could get a composting toilet donated i would just make a solid floor and put the toilet in there, keeping it looking like an outhouse without alll the mess.  The only other big item i need is a 1500 gal water tank to setup the rest of my water supply system.  Oh well,   mabey someday .  who knows mabey i can win the lottery .


i know its been…
January 28, 2012, 7:00 pm
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i know its been a while since i updated last, but i have been pretty busy with work and stuff.  My chickens are grown now and pumping out tons of eggs, One of my rabbits bred and had 5 babies but they all died,  so i bred it again last week to see what will happen.  The cabin is pretty much the same as it has been except i took most of the stuff out of it so i can polyurethane the walls to try and keep it from molding in there since there isn’t any heat except when i stay there.  I am working on finding a propane wall heater to install inside, as a backup heat source and to try to keep from killing my allergies so bad.  I also still have in the works a solar setup to charge the batteries to run all my 12v accessories. here are some of the pics i took today.  I even picked up 2 more of the 10 x 10 dog kennels to use for animal pens or possibly even fence around the cabin to keep the dog if necessary.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

another update today !!
March 27, 2011, 8:24 pm
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well i went to town to pick up some plywood for the hen house, and stopped by tractor supply. They had another load of rabbits in so i got 2 more. I then came home and started working on the henhouse a bit and got the wall insulated and plywood up, then mounted the nest boxes and installed the roosts on the other wall. i need to make my door still so the chickens can get in and out, but i’m getting closer ….here are the pics

another hen house update !!
March 27, 2011, 3:05 pm
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Just wanted to add some more pics of the hen house progress and show ya’ll the rabbits i got.  I made a trip to tractor supply and picked up some nest boxes, and other supplies and they had rabbits, so i picked up 2 to start with. here are the pics …

well just wanted to update
March 20, 2011, 12:26 am
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here are a few pics of some of the homesteading things i have been working on. I took the back half of my 10 x 20 lofted barn shed and turned it into a hen house for the 25 white leghorn hens i ordered. Today i drove to gatlinburg Tn and picked up 5 poultry layer cages i found on craigslist. I wouldn’t have driven so far but, the cages were less than half what a new one was, and one of these was even still in the box. Couldn’t pass that up. they came with water bowls and feeders too.  Here are the pics……

got some more work done on it !!!!!!!!!
November 25, 2010, 9:59 pm
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well i got the sink finally and got it installed. I also picked up some lumber to start the outhouse build,  i got the 2×6’s for the floor, and i also picke up a skid to stack firewood on. Here are a few pics…….

well got the stove all hooked up and ready to go !!!
September 3, 2010, 9:53 pm
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i finally got the wood stove all hooked up and ready for winter. I got the pipe outside all secured and the inside durock board all put up  and the inside pipe connected.  Here are a few pics…..