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jjstyle



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:03 pm    Post subject: Homestead update  Reply with quote

Hey all!

I've been on this forum for over a year now and I just wanted to give everyone an update as well as just say a thank you.

A lot has happened in the past year, Last Xmas eve my girl and I moved into our slice of heaven, a small cottage on 1 acre of land.

Throughout the summer I had been building and preparing to get some animals. Since June 2016 I've had bee's and since July I have chickens, geese and Ducks and everything is thriving!  We even have some buyers of our excess duck and chicken eggs and hopefully next year we will have some honey and beeswax to sell.

Our Goals for 2017 are to get a licence to and raise 3 or 4 Pigs for meat for ourselves, friends and family. My other goal will be to raise Rabbits for meat. and Get a poly tunnel built and up and running. We are surrounded by farm land so maybe look into renting another couple of acres.

I just want to thank everyone on this forum for the warm, kind welcome I always get when I ask a question. I don't normally like forums because you will always have some people who will judge and belittle everything you do. Thankfully I have never experienced anything close on this website, and I am very thankful for you all who have and are willing to part your wisdom when answering my questions!

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! Thank you for everything you have helped me with over the past year!

Regards

JJ
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wayland



Joined: 14 Dec 2006
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Location: The Sunny South East

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi JJ. Thanks for the update. We have been living the good life for many years now and would not want to change it, apart from the desire for a bit more land like yourself. What I do miss is the excitement of the early days as I feel you have. Having said that we still have plans to relocate in the future but for now I am contented! Which is a bit unnerving. Pigs are great but make sure you have good fences and dont just rely on electricary. Rabbits are a very good idea on a small acreage we got ours inoculated against mixy etc as we have very few wild`ens about because of disease. Have yourselves a great Xmas and good luck in the new year.
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jjstyle



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wayland wrote:
Hi JJ. Thanks for the update. We have been living the good life for many years now and would not want to change it, apart from the desire for a bit more land like yourself. What I do miss is the excitement of the early days as I feel you have. Having said that we still have plans to relocate in the future but for now I am contented! Which is a bit unnerving. Pigs are great but make sure you have good fences and dont just rely on electricary. Rabbits are a very good idea on a small acreage we got ours inoculated against mixy etc as we have very few wild`ens about because of disease. Have yourselves a great Xmas and good luck in the new year.


Thank you Wayland, You have always given me sound advise and I want you to know I appreciate it.

I'm planning on having fencing as well as electrical fencing for the pigs. That's a great tip about getting the rabbits inoculated, I was planning on getting the buck and does inoculated, I probably wont for the young ens we want to eat thought.

I've just been searching online looking for some New Zealand rabbits for sale and there doesn't seem to be any at this time of the year, I suppose I will have to wait until spring.

Best of luck you yourself also and to the relocation in the future!

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JJ
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck to you on your venture! I'm lucky enough to have my own little smallholding, but when I see people enduring a humdrum existence in a town, I ask myself why the hell are they not doing what you're doing?  For what they pay for a big fancy house in a town,  they could buy a little bit of land and live in a caravan if necessary.  I know which I would do.  And good luck with the pigs.  There's an opening there - demand for free-range pork far exceeds supply - I know because I've been trying to source some and it's like gold!
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jjstyle



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Sean, I appreciate it. I did not know there was potential to make money out of the Pork. I don't have much of a business mind when it comes to these things but maybe once I am more established I will look into trying to sell some produce!
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm... free-range Gloucester old-spot pork and bacon... I'd be a customer!
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drowned_pig



Joined: 30 Apr 2015
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Location: Ennis, Co Clare

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be warned JJ once you've tasted your own pork and bacon you'll become a complete food snob
Congrats on the success of your first year, we're hoping to get bees next year, I've a friend that has a couple of hives and her honey is divine
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tractorpunk



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you've hit the ground running JJ.  glad to hear your bees are doing well, i started bee-keeping this year too but things didn't go well and now the apiary resembles a ghost-estate,  not a buzz to be heard.

Keep us posted on progress
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tractorpunk wrote:
Sounds like you've hit the ground running JJ.  glad to hear your bees are doing well, i started bee-keeping this year too but things didn't go well and now the apiary resembles a ghost-estate,  not a buzz to be heard.

Keep us posted on progress


Sad to hear about your Bees. I have tried on three occasions to get an apiary started but none survived. We will carry on trying though. Good luck.
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blowin



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Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi jj, thanks for sharing. As Wayland has commented it is great to be reminded of the excitement of the early days. Good luck and keep in touch  

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