Category Archives: self sufficient living

Earth Day 2012 – Oregon

2 Peter 3:10-13

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

EARTH DAY 2012 – OREGON

I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I believe Jesus will return someday. When that day comes a lot of things will change… including the earth. However, I will not passively sit by while the planet is ruined by recklessness. If you believe climate change is crap, then at least consider pollution as a problem on this Earth Day 2012.

Politicians are notorious for trading jobs for votes… even when those jobs bring polluting factories.

Maybe something realistic you can do to help the environment is change how you get to work. A hybrid is not financially feasible for many people. But other changes in lifestyle can be made. Many people drive to work when they could bike or walk.

I encourage you to educate yourself about the challenges the planet is currently facing and things you can do to make a positive impact.

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Five Week Old Chickens – Backyard Farm

2 or 3 days old

Well, this backyard farm gig has gone well so far. My wife and I are really happy with the current results.

We have Cornish Cross, Rhode Islands, and Ameraucana chickens. In the video you can see how the Cornish Cross (white) chickens and the Rhode Island reds (red) are definitely different in size. We got them at Coastalwhen they were approximately 1 to 3 days old, and they have made it to five weeks. Today they moved before I could get a picture, but one of the Rhode Island Reds was sitting on top of one of the big Cornish Cross chickens… and the Cornish Cross did not seem to mind.

My wife and I have debated whether or not we should separate the meat chickens (Cornish) from the other chickens that we want because of the size difference. But everyone seems to be eating just fine and there are not pecking issues yet.

How are your backyard farming adventures coming along this year?

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7 Reasons I have a Backyard Farm

Ameraucana, almost 3 weeks

So, the Rhode Island Red and Cornish Cross chicks are approximately 4 weeks old. The Ameraucana chicks are approximately 3 weeks old. At what age do they stop being chicks and become chickens? I’m still new at this backyard farming gig. We had egg laying chickens last year, but they stopped laying. So this year we have a brand new batch (literally). The Cornish Cross are meat chickens that my wife wanted… and as a compromise I got egg laying chickens.

In addition to the chickens, we hope to have the garden planted within the next week.

So why do we have a backyard farm? I won’t speak for my wife… but I have the following reasons:

  1. To have control over what antibiotics, if any, get fed to
    Rhode Island Red, almost 4 weeks

    the livestock.

  2. To know what actually gets fed to the livestock– our eggs have dark yellow yolks, whereas the typical store bought egg is undernourished and has a pale yellow yolk.
  3. To know what pesticides, if any, are used in my garden.
  4. To know if the food is healthy or not… instead of depending on a hired hand to make the judgement 1000 miles away who may not care because he’s just getting a paycheck.
  5. To know if the food was genetically modified.
  6. To get out of the house and work instead of watching tv 12 hours a day. Being self sufficient is great!
  7. To know there is not pink slime or other goodies added to enhance the final product.

As I look over these I notice I have a theme of controlling where my food comes from. Does that mean I’m a control freak? I don’t know.

If you have a backyard farm, why do you have it?