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    Step 1 towards a more self sufficient lifestyle

    We the house and kennels have been completed for a little while so decided the time is right to start the farm and take a step towards a more self sufficient lifestyle

    step 1 like most homestead farms was chickens, we purchased 100 point of lay RIR hybrids at a cost of 185 baht each inc delivery and vaccines

    decided it it was more cost effective to build a solid structure rather than bamboo framework and grass roof which would likely need replacing after every monsoon season

    complete cost of the 20m x 5m building came in at about 55,000 baht

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    Good start, make sure snakes can't get it at the top edge.

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    There are pluses in the connections regarding instinctive self-sufficient and independent lifestyles.
    Less and less dependent on them.

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    Nice, but I still prefer a grass roof because it is cooler and lasts three or for years rather than just one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Less and less dependent on them.
    Who is "them"?

    It's hardly a self-sufficient set-up, the eggs/chickens will be for sale, not just for own consumption.
    And where will the chicken food come from, home-produced or bought?
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    Noisy & Smelly no thanks.And if you let them out they will scratch out any small seedlings you are trying to grow.
    We had about a dozen ducks not so messy and great watch dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Nice, but I still prefer a grass roof because it is cooler and lasts three or for years rather than just one.
    This building is actually very cool (for thailand) I think aided by the high roof and good airflow. I did contemplate the leaf roof but we had few neighbors lose theirs this year with the winds. Because I got the roofing cheaper (unwanted order) i think it was a better option for me

    i will be doing the grass roof in my duck enclosure in coming weeks

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    the post is called step 1 to self sufficiency, I never declared I was there already it's going to be a work in progress over coming months/years

    if i sell or barter surplus eggs or birds has no relevance to self sufficiency. Providing I have enough eggs for my family and don't need to purchase them from other sources then I am self sufficient

    I do rely on a small amount of purchased food at present but primarily it's fermented grains, chickweed, kitchen scraps, running trial with maggot trap but will also be keeping crickets and a vermiculture farm early next year

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    A promising start towards self-sufficiency Jarvispe.

    If you happen to have cash crops, fruit trees or a vege garden the bird poop will make good fertilizers and will save you some money.

    Solar energy is another worthy investment worth looking into as it will decrease your spending.

    It's wise to invest in different things when trying to be self-sufficient in order to have resources available for what you need, and have a steady flow of income going especially, if you're trying to live off the grid, but still plan on enjoying a decent lifestyle and a certain degree of comfort and security.
    I am so unlucky that if I fall into a barrel full of D*ick**s, I'd come out sucking my own thumb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Who is "them"?

    It's hardly a self-sufficient set-up, the eggs/chickens will be for sale, not just for own consumption.
    And where will the chicken food come from, home-produced or bought?

    You really don't know, do ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Who is "them"?
    Common knowlege. Ants. Big fucking ants!


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    Cats to deter rodents and play with the roaches

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    Step 2:

    (albeit one step too late)


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    You've got all that land...where are the food crops?

    get a massive vege garden that you can use to can the produce with.....I had a 1/2 acre vege garden and we had jars and jars of stuff that lasted at least 4 months after the last picking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jarvispe View Post
    I do rely on a small amount of purchased food at present but primarily it's fermented grains, chickweed, kitchen scraps, running trial with maggot trap but will also be keeping crickets and a vermiculture farm early next year
    Sounds good, I am impressed!

    "fermented grains" - do you run a rice-whisky destillery?

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    No but have a few locally and brother in law works at one as customs officer

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Sounds good, I am impressed!

    "fermented grains" - do you run a rice-whisky destillery?


    have a few whisky factories locally and my brother in law works at one as customs officer

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    You've got all that land...where are the food crops?

    get a massive vege garden that you can use to can the produce with.....I had a 1/2 acre vege garden and we had jars and jars of stuff that lasted at least 4 months after the last picking.
    i have 5 rai but i need to raise the land level to stop flooding. I will dig the pond deeper after monsoon season then move onto the veg garden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Step 2:

    (albeit one step too late)

    funny you mention it I do have an electric still, recently made strong ginger beer unfortunately I overdid the ginger and was overly spicy

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Cats to deter rodents and play with the roaches
    i have about 20 American Bullies so cats are not to keen to hang around on my farm

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    Quote Originally Posted by GracelessFawn View Post
    A promising start towards self-sufficiency Jarvispe.

    If you happen to have cash crops, fruit trees or a vege garden the bird poop will make good fertilizers and will save you some money.

    Solar energy is another worthy investment worth looking into as it will decrease your spending.

    It's wise to invest in different things when trying to be self-sufficient in order to have resources available for what you need, and have a steady flow of income going especially, if you're trying to live off the grid, but still plan on enjoying a decent lifestyle and a certain degree of comfort and security.
    g

    solar panels would be great need to get a few projects underway before I consider that
    ducks
    worms
    quail
    frogs
    crickets
    catfish
    tilapia
    turkey
    fruit trees
    vegatables
    superhot chilli

    should keep me busy for a while,

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