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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

Tiny Houses and Prepping-A Good Fit? – Part 2

The Fun Part Begins

This is what you'll start with. Much bigger than a pre-built tiny house on a trailer!

This is what you’ll start with. Much bigger than a pre-built tiny house on a trailer!

Your new wooden shed just got delivered and is ready for you to decide what you want to be inside your tiny house. You had it placed on that perfect spot on your land, sunny, high elevation, with some pretty views. Or you just put the finishing touches on that kit you got and you’re proudly showing off your new creation.

Now what?

I’m assuming that you, like me, have land in an unincorporated area with no zoning requirement. If that’s not the case, you need to have already done your homework and found out the zoning laws and if any permits are required before your shed was delivered or your kit-built shed is finished and put into place. A shed permit is probably the most that is needed, unless you’re building a home in the $100,000 range and I don’t think that’s us. To be super safe, just leave the exterior in an un/partially finished state. Go with weatherproofing and skip the aesthetics such as paneling, etc. If some sort of disaster (natural or manmade) does… Continue reading

Five Acres and Independence: Living Your Dream

 

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 My Dream is Born                                                  

I still remember that day. I’m not sure exactly how old I was but I was still in elementary school. My mother decided not to send me to school because I had a nasty cough so she dropped me off at my grandmother’s house.

Bummer! My grandmother had her “soaps” on all day on her one TV so I was out of luck there. Because I loved to read I started searching her bookcase and just about gave up finding something good.

Then I found it! It was a dull looking book with small print but the title grabbed me, “Five Acres and Independence”. I can’t imagine what a kid found intriguing about it now but I remember settling down on the sofa and starting to read. The chapter titles swept me forward: “City vs. Country Life”, “Choosing Your Land”, “Poultry”, “Bees”,… Continue reading

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