Raising Rabbits, Comfrey, & Homesteading with Rick Worden YCH#56

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Today I interview Rick Worden.

He has a great website over at http://riseandshinerabbitry.com/

We had a conversation about:

Raising rabbits:

The benefits – health and cost effective.

Natural food and herbs for rabbits vs pellets.

The best housing for your climate.

Comfrey as feed for animals and fertilizer for your garden.

Diseases in rabbits and treatments.

And last but not least; recipes.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. And check out

http://riseandshinerabbitry.com/

for lots of great information you can’t find anywhere else!

10 Plants YOU CAN Grow IndoorsYCH #47

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What can you grow indoors for food, spice or medicine.

  1. Most any herb
  2. Peppers -turn into little trees
  3. Curry Leaf Tree
  4. Kaffir Lime
  5. Sprouts
  6. Nine Vegetables
  7. Fruits
  8. Grasses for fodder and juicing
  9. Salad greens
  10. Tomatoes  /www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/winter-tomatoes.aspx

Plant of the Week  Elaeagnus x ebbingei – A Plant for all Reasons

ReNeGaDe PiG!  and moving animals from the flood.

Sheep and goats in search of more food.

More reasons to grow fodder in winter.

Home made Deodorant:

  • 5 TBL (tablespoons/ 15cc = 1 TBL; 5 TBL = 75cc )
  • 1 TBL (15cc) Baking Soda  (can use more if it doesn’t burn you.)
  • 2 TBL (30 cc) Bentonite Clay
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of your pleasing
  • Probiotic of your choice
  • Or apple Cider Vinegar
  • And/or Olive leaf extract
  • 6 TBL (90 cc) Arrowroot Powder
  • Some people use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder.  But Really?  GMO corn in my pitts.  Eeek!

ORGANIZATION

 

Missed talking about the 2nd week of One Year To An Organized Life.

I go back and run though what I missed talking about last week, before I pick back up on it for this week, week #3

 

FARM UPDATES

 

Soap, soap, and more soap.

 

Started online Biblical Hebrew classes last week. (Which is one of my 13 skills from 13skills.com)

 

Warmer Weather!

 

Bumble Foot Chicken – Dottie’s Progress

 

Sick Chicken – Lil Bit’s Progress

 

Coop Chicken Update

 

Rabbitry Update

Link to bottle attachment I use: http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/601430-pet-lodge-earth-friendly-soda-bottle-waterer.html#.Utw1eftMGHs

 

The fans in the floor vents are working beautifully…posted a video on Featherly Farm’s YouTube channel. Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVJvTo2hiK4,

And put a link on the Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Featherly-Farm/346056102119326?ref=hl )

…speaking of…

Featherly Farm’s face book page just passed 100 Likes last night!!!  So excited!

 

PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK

 

  1. Learn required letters for Hebrew Class
  2. Design new soap label, Learn how to shrink wrap soap, and begin getting sampler packs made for friends and family.
  3. Assemble, place, and fill two more library book shelves
  4. Install clothing ‘rod’ shelf in my closet.
  5. Begin making new rabbit cages…ha ha ha…as if!  I’ll be lucky to get part way through the #2 on this list!

 

SOAP MAKING

I explain the difference between Super Fatting, and Lye Discount.

 

Saponification according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saponification

 

WHAT I FORGOT TO TALK ABOUT LAST TIME

 

Why I want to make deodorant as well as soap: This is how we got on the Mammogram subject

 

Great blog post on this topic at:

 

http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/

 

Where the blogger lists dangers of ingredients in store bought antiperspirant/deodorant, and they post a recipe for a baking soda free deodorant.

 

I have created a new board on my pintrest page: http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/ for recipes such as this:http://www.pinterest.com/doodlefeather/health-beauty-recipes/

Open Flow Floor Registers with added Fan
to me

Both SFing and discounting lye results in unsaponified oils or fats in the soap because in both cases you add more oils than the lye will react with. Unless you are making soap for household cleaning and plan on wearing gloves to use it, you need to add more oils than will be saponified. Standard for body use is 5%. (I’ve noticed that different lye calculators show different lye amounts for the same SF/discount, Soap Calc and Bramble Berry for example).

When you do a lye discount you melt/combine all oils at one time and equal amounts of the oils in the recipe are left unsaponified, meaning they did not get converted to soap and are in the soap as oil…however, some oils naturally have unsaponifiables…like Canola and Grapeseed.

When you superfat, you choose which oils/fats/butters are left unconverted in the soap (save those unsaponifiables in any other oils used in the base). This is where I add my luxury oils like cocoa butter, and shea butter and things like that

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Backyard.Meat.Rabbits/

My favorite book on raising rabbits on forage:

And his first book which is a great introduction:

And now a 3rd book on rabbits in colonies.  I will talk about it next week.  I do whole heartedly recommend the first two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raising Rabbits and Meat Chickens with Cris CantinYCH#41

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I have a special treat today.  An interview with Cris Cantin.  Cris is a homesteader that lives on a 1/4 acre in Wisconsin.  She raises most of her own vegetables, meat rabbits and chickens.  She was nice enough to be interviewed and share a recipe and pics of her Rabbit Taj Mahal.  There is also a link to her website.

Green Rabbit Chili (yes, really.)
You’ll need: one rabbit, dressed for the pot, about 3 pounds  maximum; one bottle of good beer; large can of green enchilada sauce;  two small cans of salsa verde; one can of diced green chiles; one large  can of white hominy; one teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, cumin,  coriander; one-and-a-half teaspoons kosher salt; two teaspoons minced,  dried garlic; a couple of dried jalapeno slices or similar hot pepper (I grew these in the garden, and dehydrated them). Start the process by placing the rabbit into the crockpot, and  pouring over the bottle of beer.  Cook all day on low heat, until the  meat is done and very tender.  Remove from crockpot, and chill in the  fridge overnight.
The next morning, pick all the meat from the bones, shred using  two forks, and return to the crockpot.  Add all the seasonings and mix  well.  Add the green enchilada sauce and salsa verde, hominy, and diced  green chiles.  (Note:  I grew a ton of tomatillos one year, and made  vast amounts of salsa verde and enchilada sauce–so much better than  store-bought!)  Stir well, and add enough water until it is a loose soup consistency, around 3 or 4 cups.  Cover and cook on low all day, until  the flavors have combined and the chili is nice and hot.  Serve with  cornbread or biscuits of your choice.
When I’m asked to bring chili to an event, this is my go-to chili  recipe.  Not only is it delicious, and uniquely green, but it gives  people the opportunity to try rabbit meat in an approachable way.  It  always gets rave reviews, even from people who don’t usually eat any  meat!

Just an aside:  I have a little website, that connects in to my blog as well, if you wanted to check it out or share it on your site.  I go on and on about my chickens/rabbits/and everything else, so its almost as entertaining as talking with me!  🙂
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How to Become a Really Good Cook, Breeding Rabbits, Figs and Muscadine on the Farm YCH#35

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I would like to share some very easy things you can do to change your everyday meals into awesome meals.  When I was younger I loved making fancy recipes and baked goods.  And my family loved to eat it.  But I really hated the Ho Hum day to day, bargain basement cooking.  Thank God I never found Hamburger Helper!  Even when I was in Nursing School I would drive home and cook dinner for my family.  It was about a 1/2 hr drive, but they would get a meat, a starch, a green and yellow vegetable without fail.   Then I would turn around and go back to school.  In my heart, I knew my children and husband deserved fresh cooked healthy meals.  Over the years I have learned a lot without really realizing it.  So I would like to to share an example of how to take a simple recipe and make it your own.  We have lots of great meat around here and it is very easy to make great food from that.  But what if you just have some canned meat like salmon or mackeral and you want to make a good meal.  Well here are some ideas. I found this website (that promotes canned salmon) with a whole bunch of recipes.  So I will use one I have made a couple of times.  Here is the link for seafood recipes:  http://www.alaskaseafood.org/canned/recipes/recipes.html

Here is the starting recipe:

SPANISH SALMON BAKE

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

1 can (14.75 oz.) or 2 cans (7.5 oz. each) traditional pack Alaska Salmon OR 2 cans or pouches (6 to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
1/2 cup diced yellow onion (I use a small whole onion)
¼ cup diced red bell pepper (Or 3 jalepenos)
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 can (2.5 oz.) sliced black olives, drained (or a big can)
1 cup frozen diced potatoes (better yet a fresh potato)
½ cup diced tomato (or a can of rotel tomatoes YUM)
8 large eggs, beaten well ( I will add a whole bunch of chopped spinach next time)
1 teaspoon dried oregano  (or any spice you like – be creative)
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro (OR A WHOLE BUNCH MORE OR AN HERB YOU LIKE)
1 teaspoon salt (to taste this was fine)
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup white cheese, shredded or crumbled (OR more of whatever cheese you like and more if you like)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Drain and flake salmon. Heat oil in frying pan ( I DIDN’T SAY IN THE PODCAST but I use A CAST IRON PAN,  but what else would I use?) over medium heat. Stir in onion, bell pepper, garlic, olives and potatoes. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic is brown and potatoes are slightly cooked. Remove from heat; evenly spoon potato mixture into spray-coated 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle on salmon and tomatoes. Blend eggs, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper; pour over salmon. Bake 10 minutes; sprinkle on cheese. Continue baking 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through.

Makes 6 to 8 Servings.

Nutrients per serving: 302 calories, 19g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 57% calories from fat, 284mg cholesterol, 24g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 928mg sodium, 284mg calcium and 1.1g omega-3 fatty acids.

I made this and tonight I used a large potato – cubed.  2 would have been better.  I used 2 cans of salmon. (The 14.5 oz cans with skin and bone – it’s good for you) I salted the layers and added extra black pepper.  I used 2 tsp oregano. (next time I’ll nix this)  Any kind of Spanish like spice would be better, like chili powder and cumin. I used a whole onion.  I browned the potatoes, onions and I used 3 jalepenos diced. ( if you remove the pith and seed they are not hot – I promise) I used about 1&3/4 cup grated cheese.  I cheated and use the mexican blend. Oh yes and I used a can of rotel tomatoes instead of 1/2 a tomato.  I browned the onion and potatoes in a cast iron skillet. Then added the garlic.  At the end added the peppers , then olives after turning the heat off.  I just left it in the pan and turned the oven on to 400 degrees.  then I added the eggs and spices on top as per the recipe.  I baked it 15 minutes.  then added the cheese and baked another 15 minutes..  It was so good and filling.  Next time I make it I will add some malabar spinach chopped up – as that is what I have growing now.  It will be a full meal by itself then.  I hope this will help someone in giving them confidence and ideas to take a simple recipe and make it their own.  Cooking is so fun.  You just need a  basic idea and then improve on it by your own tastes. Even Ho Hum everyday cooking can be fun and challenging with a little imagination.  And; people start to think you are a wonderful cook, because you are

                FIGS FRUITING NOW AND HOW TO MAKE NEW PLANTS                                                                                                                

Next lets talk about how to air layer a fig tree using a pop bottle and tape.  Here is a video I just love on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2c3zTPd3EA  He has a part 3 also, be sure and watch it.  If the link doesn’t work his channel is Emory203.  He just cuts the top and bottom of the bottle.  Then cuts it along the side, adds 1/2 Scott’s garden soil and 1/2 Sott’s topsoil.  then he just waits.  And I love the results.   When ready to plant he had a small tree instead of a little cutting.  A great website for fig information is figsforfun.com  Another with many varieties listed is. http://www.treesofjoy.com/fig-varieties-collection

MUSCADINE AND SCUPPERNONG

Our muscadines are starting to fruit.  The grapes just finished their fruiting. I know 2 varieties we have are Dixieland and Supreme.  We have another unknown variety that was mislabeled from the nursery,  I’ll go into detail about that.

BREEDING RABBITS

You have your housing and feed worked out and are ready to breed here are some tips.  Small breed rabbits can be bred at 5 months, medium size bred at 6 months and large at 8 months.  The good news is there is no cycle for the female.  So you can breed any time.  The male will go sterile in extreme heat however.  Bring the doe to the buck and don’t blink.  It all happens quickly and is rather comical.  Nuff said!  Put her back in 8-10 hrs later  in case she didn’t “catch”.  You can weigh the doe at mating time and again in 2 weeks.  If she gained a pound she is most likely pregnant.  After 10 days you can actually palpate and feet the little ones.  On the 27th day put the nest box in.  Gestation is 28-34 days.  A wire mesh box is fine.  In winter just line it with cardboard.  And provide straw or wood shavings.  Use more in winter and less in summer.  The doe will build her nest with straw and fur she pulls from her body.  Don’t bother the doe for a couple of weeks as she may get scared and kill the young.

Calendula

We have a little info on Calendula and a honey infusion of herbs.  And as always What’s going on around here.

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Raising Meat Rabbits on Forage, Fall Gardening, Repairing and Building Computers YCH#34

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Some ideas for forage for meat production rabbits.

from Rise and Shine

Know you poisonous and edible plants.

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.echocommunity.org/resource/collection/E66CDFDB-0A0D-4DDE-8AB1-74D9D8C3EDD4/Tropical_Rabbit_Production.pdf

Make sure they get enough protein with foods like alfalfa, comfrey, or sweet potato vine.

http://appenzellfarm.com/apzl/Rabbits.html

Ideas and links for your fall garden.

http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/

My computer graveyard.  Ideas on repairing or building simple system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL3AM0zIdJU

 

Raising Rabbits For Meat Production, Identifying Weeds, Smarty Plants App YCH#33

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Today we talk about raising rabbits.

This first episode is the start of a short series.

I answer the questions:  Why raise rabbits?

What are the best rabbits for meat production?

What kind of cages do they need?

And I give you some interesting information about rabbits  – the woo woo side.

I also discuss how to identify weeds.

And I tell you about an app for weed identification called Smarty Plants.

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