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Don’t Mess With My Cluck Cluck

This article was originally published on 07/03/2016. I’m republishing it today as part two of a 4 part series: Don’t Mess With My Cluck Cluck. The remaining articles will be published over the next few days, including information on egg production and storage, and preparing for winter. Enjoy!20160528_113832_resized

Hey there it’s me again, Mountain Mamma and her chickens.

In my last article I told you about my Grandmothers and what that means to me. Today I would like to tell you about my grandchildren and what raising chickens mean to them.

Our Grandchildren

Kenny, our 15 year old grandson who lives with us liked them when he was younger. All our older grandkids got to pick 2 chicks of their own choice at the hatchery every year. That kept us in a good sized flock, and they would name them all. Whenever they would visit, the first place they went was to check on “their chickens”. They were thrilled to feed them and pick up eggs. Now they have grown up, and found cell phones, video games, and friends. They still go check on them even now!

Taking Care of Our Chickens

Since I was… Continue reading

What We Learn from the Amish

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I live in SW Missouri in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Near me are a number of Amish communities. The state of Missouri says there are over 9,000 Amish from several sects living here at the present time. Their numbers are growing rapidly as Amish from other parts of the country are moving to Missouri.

One of the highlights of visitors touring our area of Missouri is seeing an Amish family in their plain clothes traveling slowly down the road in their old fashioned, horse-drawn buggies. There are often cars stopped in the middle of the road photographing Amish homes, farms, and people. They desire privacy and anonymity, but the tourists don’t respect their wishes. It’s quite common to see the tourists laughing and pointing at the Amish folk, and their lifestyle. It reminds me of the way that most of society views people who live alternative lives, or the prepper community. We often make fun of those who are different, or things we don’t understand.

These tourists tend to romanticize the Amish and believe that they live totally independent from the world around them and that their life consists of churning butter and taking warm, fragrant loaves… Continue reading

Self-Reliant Living, Homesteading, and Prepping: The Perfect Trio

A New Direction

I love to read blogs. Prepper blogs. Survivalist blogs. Homestead blogs. Self-Reliant Living Blogs. When I decided to start my own blog I was faced with several important decisions. What direction should mine take? The Prepper Lifestyle of living offers so much necessary information that I started there. I enjoy many of the prepper websites and have my own favorites.

But as I was writing for my blog I realized that’s not really who I am. My real love is living an alternative lifestyle, which I’ve been doing for my entire adult life. Although my parents lived conventional lives my mother was a faithful reader of Mother Earth News. You could find me sprawled out reading them too. What I liked most were the articles about people who went off-grid and were in remote and/or rural locations. I didn’t know it then but they filled me with a desire to live like this.

Is total self-sufficiency possible?

However I also liked my “creature comforts”. Electricity. TV. Especially grocery stores! I’ve spent many years trying to balance the two with limited success until the last few years.

I have learned that living a self-sustaining lifestyle is very… Continue reading

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