A new member of the household.

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 17-02-2012

Hi all, you have probably been aware that of late my blog posts have dried up a little, well there is a good reason for this and that is the new member of our household.
I’m pleased as punch to introduce to you baby Hector, born on the 31st of January at 22:55.

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This is my first and I’m sure bringing up a little one is hard enough, nevermind doing it sustainably. I’m sure you will all have great fun at my expense as I try to bring up little Hector the self sufficient way.

Welcome to the world Hector.

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Self Sufficient Living : A sad day.

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Keeping Chickens, Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 17-01-2012

The last of our original battery farm rescue chickens, Maud, died yesterday from what we suspect was egg yolk peritonitis.

The morning before she look very fluffed and bow legged, we thought that she may have an egg stuck. We made a temporary home for her out our small dog crate, gave her a warm bath and left her overnight to see how she, or rather the stuck egg, progressed. The next day she was no better, so off she went to the vets.  It turns out that she had a raging infection and a massive amount of fluid in her abdomen to boot. The decision to put hee to sleep was made.

Maud had a good two summers with us sunbathing, which is a lot better than the alternative once your productive time is over in the battery farm.  Now she is with her friends in the great chicken coop in the sky.

Our first batch of rescue chickens. RIP girls

Symptoms of egg yolk peritonitis

  • loss of appetite/anorexia
  • weakness
  • depression
  • respiratory distress
  • lethargy
  • fluffed feathers
  • lack of vocalizations
  • yolk-colored droppings
  • swollen vent and/or abdomen

RIP Maud

 

 

 

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Self Sufficient Living : Our new chicken coop!

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Keeping Chickens, Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 14-12-2011

We have received our new Eglu Cube, so it looks like more chickens on the way soon! But first watch the fastest build ever of an Eglu Cube!

Now to get some rescue chickens, and hopefully a lot more eggs!

Check back soon to see the new housemates!

 

Jason and Elly

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Oh! look wildlife!

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 21-10-2011

As you probably know we have moved out into the country. Our previous house was on the outskirts of Nottingham and it was a little devoid of critters and wildlife. That is very much not the case in the country. We have a bunch of chickens behind the house and a whole flock of them just across the road with geese and ponies to boot.
With that said I would like to introduce ‘Skinny Phoenix’ our garden pheasant, who seems to wonder across our garden in the morning and return in the afternoon.

Self Sufficient Livings Skinny Phoenix

Self Sufficient Livings Skinny Phoenix

One day I will follow him, and when I find out where he goes, I will let you know. I just know its a magic pheasant party!

Detective Jason signing out

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Our new house!

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 15-10-2011

Great news! we have the key to the new house ‘Bacchus’! So our little adventure in self sufficiency can soon begin.

After a few rough measurements and a little flexing of my artistic talent, I have made a little info graphic for you.

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The plan of our new home 'Bacchus'

The house is a bungalow built in the 70s, we suspect it has very good insulation as every time we have been there the house has been quite warm, even after standing with no heating on overnight. We will monitor how well it retains its heat over the winter and make any changes should we need to.

We are looking to install a PV system on the roof which has a large south facing pitch, hopefully shade and space willing it should be a 4 KW system. This will have to be a contractor installed system as any home built solar panels, especially mine, probably wouldn’t pass the tests required to qualify for the feed-in tariff.

The first job for us will be to remove the largest tree in the centre of the garden, which is taking up far too much room, and one tree on the far left of the trees lining the road. This is all depending on the council of course.

The patio will also be one of our first primary targets. It’s very large and for us it would function a lot better as a vegetable plot. In fact the whole side of this part of the land will be dedicated to growing food, With the rest being utilized for chickens, apple, plum and pear trees and various other projects.

We will also be giving the chickens upgrades. The coop that has served us so well will be replaced with a larger Omlet Cube and obviously we shall be adding new chickens. All a quick win as far as self sufficiency is concerned.
Note : We have always used Omlet Coops because of the fox proofing they offer, our girl’s safety is top of the list!

Our new chicken coop

Hopefully we will be able to get the land levelled, as it’s quite undulating, and the overgrown sections cleared before the weather turns too cold. Time to sharpen my tools!

Stay tuned to see how we get on.

Jason and Elly + Bump

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The biggest egg ever!?

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Keeping Chickens, Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 26-09-2011

Our biggest egg

I'm sure this is the equivalent of laying a basket ball or something for a human.

OK maybe not the biggest egg ever but for sure the biggest that any of our girls have ever produced (Normal egg on the right). I wonder what the world record is?
I’m sure her bottom is very sore after this one.

Have your girls produced a bigger one? let us know.

 

Jason and Elly

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Great news we are moving!

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Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : News | Posted on 22-09-2011

Elly and I have recently had our eye on a new house which is a little more out in the country, something where we can have a few more adventures in self sufficiency. Great news, it turns out that we have now purchased it!
The new house has a much bigger plot than our current one, which will give us a lot more room for growing vegetables, extending the chicken family and apart from milk and meat we could live off what we grow (Well we will see if we can).
It’s a great opportunity for myself and Elly to attempt to live almost completely self sufficiently and feed ourselves off the land.

Of course we will keep you posted on all of our experiments at our new home.

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