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Message started by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 8:17am

Title: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 8:17am
I just spent a week in northern maine,  looking at land for sale. I wasn't going back to NJ, without buying any land.  So I ended up buying 20 acres.  Mostly wooded, has a 4 acre area cleared out for a home site. The guy I am buying from owns 200 acres on the same street,  and the neighbor owns  500 acres,  which I have permission to hunt/ trap/ and harvest logs to build my log cabin with.  I won't moving till the end of the month, and the build will take a while before I start.  But I will definitely try to remember to update here.

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Post by Drakolith on May 10th, 2018 at 8:33am
Nice! Best of luck to you!

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Post by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 8:43am
Thanks,  I am super excited.  We got a 30 foot camper and a 15x18 foot canvas tent to work with. Haha. The town population is 202.

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Post by Morphy on May 10th, 2018 at 8:46am
Sounds ideal Vetryan! Can't wait to see your progress. I've always dreamed of building my own log cabin.

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Post by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 8:51am
Thanks Morphy,  I always had the same dream. And in that town. NO building codes. So I don't have to worry about dealing with inspection and get to do what I want. One if tge first things is get a well drilled, and solar power to stsrt off to get some kind of cell phone signal booster up abd running. I only can get bars for calls and texts,  no 4g at all. So I can update as I go.

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Post by perpetualstudent on May 10th, 2018 at 8:58am
that sounds awesome.

Do you have any guides or plans you're following?

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Post by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 9:09am

perpetualstudent wrote on May 10th, 2018 at 8:58am:
that sounds awesome.

Do you have any guides or plans you're following?


I have my own cabin design I drew out myself.  Possibly going dto do a 2 story build.  But I have been researching on cabin building forums, I do have a few books that I can recommend that I own and we're recommended to me. For a beginner at least, which that is my skil level.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on May 10th, 2018 at 10:47am
take pics - fascinated to see how this goes.
:thumb:

What you planning to do about plumbing ?
Waste etc ?

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Post by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 11:02am

Curious Aardvark wrote on May 10th, 2018 at 10:47am:
take pics - fascinated to see how this goes.
:thumb:

What you planning to do about plumbing ?
Waste etc ?

I will be taking a ton of pictures.  I am gonna start out with an outhouse, but will be putting in  a small septic tank/leech field in within.a year.

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Post by kicktheotter on May 10th, 2018 at 12:30pm

vetryan15 wrote on May 10th, 2018 at 11:02am:
I will be taking a ton of pictures.


I'll definitely be wanting to see how this progresses. Good luck! :D

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Post by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 4:27pm
I definitely will. I have a lot if people interested.  So we shall see what I can produce

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Post by Mersa on May 10th, 2018 at 5:11pm
You may be living out a few members dreams right now , good luck can't wait to see it , I'll give you free arboricultural advice it you are building by trees ;)

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Post by vetryan15 on May 10th, 2018 at 8:02pm

Mersa wrote on May 10th, 2018 at 5:11pm:
You may be living out a few members dreams right now , good luck can't wait to see it , I'll give you free arboricultural advice it you are building by trees ;)


Oh I know. Lol. Been mine for a long time, that's why I had to share the news. I will be building with trees. Looking at spruce,  or cedar.  Scribed logs. I look forward to your advice,  if you could post here, would be great. I think a lot of other members will enjoy the information as well.

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Post by Mersa on May 11th, 2018 at 4:44am
I'm all yours , just make sure you ask the question before you perform the task . Unlike engineering tasks trees don't recover from the wrong planning very well. Basically what I'm saying is if there are any trees that your concerned about but want to retain make sure you plan before you build. Not after

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Post by vetryan15 on May 11th, 2018 at 7:46am

Mersa wrote on May 11th, 2018 at 4:44am:
I'm all yours , just make sure you ask the question before you perform the task . Unlike engineering tasks trees don't recover from the wrong planning very well. Basically what I'm saying is if there are any trees that your concerned about but want to retain make sure you plan before you build. Not after

Gotcha,  I understand.  Now what should I be on the look out when I do start? I have done my research,  and mostly would like to use dead standing trees if I can. But  I need a better look at the trees once I get back up there.  The cabin is gonna be simple.  Once I down the trees,  let dry for a bit. But also had been researching on using green trees ( not letting em dry) as I have seen people going that route abd being successful with it, and then later on compensate the drying later on with chinking material. Then using a scribe for the logs, to fit almost like old school lincoln logs.

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Post by vetryan15 on Jul 11th, 2018 at 9:45am
So today it is official.  We closed on the land yesterday.  I now have the deed to my land. I am doing owners financing, which is $110. A month. I found out that I am totally exempt  to pay property taxes. I am eligible for the homestead and military exemptions. Another reason i love this state.  Also since being from NJ, with the worst firearm laws. Up here I can constitutionally carry. So that's been nice.

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Post by kicktheotter on Jul 11th, 2018 at 1:54pm
Congratulations! I'm really looking forward to seeing your progress with the cabin :D

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Post by Morphy on Jul 11th, 2018 at 2:41pm
As am I, congrats Vetryan.

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Post by Mersa on Jul 11th, 2018 at 4:24pm
Yeah well done man , sounds like a dream

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Post by vetryan15 on Jul 11th, 2018 at 6:12pm
Thanks, we actuall jjust moved our 30ft camper. Onto the lot.cabin won't start till spring, but we have plenty of wood cut on the d.

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Post by Mersa on Jul 12th, 2018 at 4:58am
Don't be afraid to post lots of pics

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Post by vetryan15 on Jul 12th, 2018 at 6:09am
We got a few now, I will start posting a few everyday.  Still exploring the land. Found some junk not even known to be there. And 2 cars from the 40s, I would like to try to salvage. Wet lands on the property.

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Post by vetryan15 on Jul 12th, 2018 at 7:10am
Here are a few pics of my land. It was thinned out before I purchased it, but I have access to 200 acres to pull logs and to build my cabin. The state of Maine is a constitutional carry state. Which,means I can carry whenever, where ever.  Which because of the bears and moose, i have to. Moose are very aggressive, due to poor eyesight. My dad gave me a military issue semi automatic 45 cal hand gun. Plus one of my knives I forged myself, I carry everyday. 
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Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jul 12th, 2018 at 8:01am
Very nice!  It looks like you’ll have plenty of raw materials to work with :)

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Post by Drakolith on Jul 12th, 2018 at 8:52am
Very exciting! I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing future updates!

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Post by kicktheotter on Jul 12th, 2018 at 10:06am
I can't wait to see more of this even though I'll have to fight through waves of jealousy :D

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Post by Morphy on Jul 12th, 2018 at 10:43am
I imagine it smells amazing there. If that was my land I would go rogue within the first year. By year five I would wear nothing but bear skins and only speak in grunts.

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Post by vetryan15 on Jul 12th, 2018 at 10:44am
Thanks everyone,  I am so excited, and due to the interest, I will be doing a video blog of our journey. I have plenty of pics to come

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Post by Mersa on Jul 12th, 2018 at 4:35pm
Being pine/spruce you should try get some patches of mushrooms growing , slippery jacks , flys , subs , gyms the list goes on

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Post by vetryan15 on Jul 12th, 2018 at 8:35pm

Morphy wrote on Jul 12th, 2018 at 10:43am:
I imagine it smells amazing there. If that was my land I would go rogue within the first year. By year five I would wear nothing but bear skins and only speak in grunts.

That is my dream, but my gf wouldn't allow it


Mersa wrote on Jul 12th, 2018 at 4:35pm:
Being pine/spruce you should try get some patches of mushrooms growing , slippery jacks , flys , subs , gyms the list goes on

I have seen a few mushrooms , but I know NOTHING of them. So I won't attempt to try them this year

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Jul 13th, 2018 at 7:18am
can you please resize the pics before posting. 8mb an image is way way way too large for the forum.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplemobilephotoresizer&hl=en_GB
this is a great android app. easy to use and lets you resize and crop fast and do multiple files at the same time - all on your phone.
around 800x600 is ideal for the forum. 

My internet is just too slow to see the pics as they are.

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Post by vetryan15 on Jul 13th, 2018 at 8:02am
I will try

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Jul 13th, 2018 at 8:11am
cheers - it's appreciated :-)

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Post by Rat Man on Jul 21st, 2018 at 4:21pm
God, vetryan, it looks like you've landed in heaven.  Is there any fishable water nearby? I fixed your pictures for you.
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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 5th, 2018 at 5:45am
Thanks Ratman, greatly appreciated. There actually is some good fishing from what I have been told, but I haven't tried. I might next year.  We do have landlocked salmon up here, so that should be interesting.

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Post by Rat Man on Aug 6th, 2018 at 1:07pm
Yes, I guess you'll be much too busy building and preparing for winter to do much fishing. 

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 7th, 2018 at 5:27am
I might be able to do some winter fishing,  I won't be starting on my build until spring time,  we closed on our lot too late in the season unfortunately

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Aug 7th, 2018 at 7:07am
well you're not short of logs :-)

so on a power front, you going for solar, wind or have you got a stream on the land you could use for a mini hydro plant ?

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 7th, 2018 at 8:23am
Well I have my 20 acres to use for logs, then the guy I purchased the land from. He gave me permission to cut logs on his 200 acres. I definitely have access to the logs. Lol. I do have a small bit of wet lands on the property. With a bog on it as well. But that only has some runoff onto the next property.. Not enough to use for power. I have been looking at some wind/solar hybrid systems for power. But looks like that won't be for a couple of years.  I do plan on getting my camper hooked up to the grid, for the time being. But that's gonna cost some good money.  Reason for wanting power to the camper is, I want to pick up a pressure cooker and start canning,food once we start our garden in spring, and hunting this winter. Plus once the cabin is built, I have some family that wants to move here so they can stay  in the camper while looking at houses., and they need some power and wifi so they can work remotely.  Currently we don't have power. We cook on propane, and use oil lanterns, flashlights,  and head lamps. I have a small hiking solar panel set up to charge our tablet and other small items. We opted for the tablet and got rid of the phones. There is an app that gave us a free phone number

I will be downloading  the app to resize pics. I have some more pics to show off

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Post by Rat Man on Aug 8th, 2018 at 11:59am
   I suppose with access to all of that wood that's what you'll be heating your cabin with when it's built?  I would put in a nice woodstove and maybe a fireplace too. It's a little more work but you'll save a fortune. Plus cutting wood is great exercise.  You'd look like Tarzan in a year.

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 8th, 2018 at 2:05pm
Yes, strictly with wood. What I have always wanted, and in a few years. I will be purchasing more land. I don't mind the work, plus I need to lose some weight anyway

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Post by Rat Man on Aug 9th, 2018 at 12:39pm
     I think I can speak for most of us because you're living a fantasy many of us have.  We very much look forward to your future posts on this adventure.

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 9th, 2018 at 4:52pm
O I know, lol.  I will definitely be posting more pics, and at some point making videos

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 9th, 2018 at 5:04pm
Here  are a few pids of whats been going on. I had to put in a mailbox. I used my "silky big boy saw" to cut a log.  Used a draw knife to shave the bark. I dug down 2 1/2feet and placed it in. I gotta carry the firearm, for moose and bear. Plus for people. Since some can be pretty stupid, and try dumb things. The camper is where we are staying, that's 300 ft from the road. The canvas tent is from "Davis tent and awning". It's 15x18ft, with a 6 ft awning. I DO have a special woodstove for it as well.  It's mostly for storage right now. Then I made a nice fire pit, got it ready for some cooking when it stops raining and if we have guests. I have a nice cast. Iron cooking set. Dutch ovens, skillets.  A coffee percolator. The roasting spit we will be trying soon, one pic of me doing some early morning squirrel hunting at the neighbors. Damn red squirrel is get into everything. I apologize for somer of the pics, my gf doesn't take good pics, I did take the non blurry ones. Lol.
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Post by Morphy on Aug 9th, 2018 at 5:39pm
That looks great Vetryan. Are you using those logs for your house? Are you cutting all your own logs for it?

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 9th, 2018 at 7:37pm
Thanks Morphy, yes I will be using most of those logs, and cutting down more to build.

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Post by NooneOfConsequence on Aug 20th, 2018 at 1:37am
Ok... I’m confused. That looks like a suppressor on your hunting rifle there, but it doesn’t look like a big enough suppressor to effectively suppress any caliber that can take down a moose.

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 20th, 2018 at 5:14am
It is a suppressor, but it's for a 22 cal. I was hunting squirrel

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Post by NooneOfConsequence on Aug 20th, 2018 at 8:24am
That makes a lot more sense! You mentioned firearms for moose and bear defense right before talking about squirrels, but I can’t think of any gun that would do both except a shotgun, and that’s definitely not a shotgun ;D

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Post by Bill Skinner on Aug 20th, 2018 at 10:04am
I suppose a .45 is better than nothing for moose but I usually carry a .357 Magnum with hard cast bullets in hand loads when I'm pig trapping.  I wanted something that would hit a 300 pound pig between the eyes and come out under his tail.   ;D

I've never hunted for moose, my father grew up in Alaska in the '20's and '30's, way before it was all that settled, he carried a .357 for moose and blackies.  Oddly enough, he didn't worry all that much about grizzlies.  He considered black bears as dangerous vermin that had some good meat and fat.  He worried about us kids running into a moose.

I can remember going for family outings at the Matanuska Glacier Park and everybody we met were carrying firearms.  It didn't raise an eyebrow at the time.  Most were carrying rifles, there were a lot of envious looks at my father's pistol. 

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 20th, 2018 at 9:47pm
The piic of me with the 22,I was camping on the neighbors land waiting to close on mine.he is a firearm dealer he gets all kind of toys. The 45cal i edc, its a 911 military issue,  my dad passed down to me. Its at least 30 years old. I carry it, because he passed all his guns to me. He has no use for it.its mostly just to scare the moose.if I was single, I would have gone to Alaska. That was my dream.

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 30th, 2018 at 8:32pm
Well drillers parked their rig here today, will be drilling tomorrow., Jolene looked interested in the trucks.
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Post by walter on Aug 30th, 2018 at 9:48pm
did you dowse the well site?

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Post by Morphy on Aug 30th, 2018 at 9:56pm
I used to give people a hard time about dowsing. One of my roommates grew up in the country and swore up and down it worked. I tried it once for kicks. It was such spectacular and improbable success I never tried again but was a bit more open minded thereafter.

I second the dowsing question. Also, how much is the well going to cost you? (My bad if you've already said it, too lazy to go and read the whole thread again.)

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 31st, 2018 at 6:09am
I did not, not sure if the driller will either. I do know that some well drillers will use the dowse rod.up in this area. But we have a lot of underground water in my area,  so it might not be necessary.  Will be paying roughly $3k. He is the cheapest,  as well as one of the most honest ones around. He came highly recommended from multiple neighbors in my town.

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Post by vetryan15 on Sep 1st, 2018 at 6:04pm
The well got finished yesterday, 220 ft drilled. About average in the area. 5 gallons per minute, I am not too happy with that. But nothing I can do.gonna be a whole before I can get a pump been pricing those out. Then I have too pump 1000 gallons. Before I can send in a sample to test the water.   The dogs were very curious. I have a video of the truck in action on my Instagram
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Post by vetryan15 on Oct 26th, 2018 at 7:16pm
We just had snow 3 in total 2 days ago. My Amish made tiny home is finished and will be delivered next week. My winter home. We also just adopted a 3rd dog today. Well still hasn't been fixed, just got the parts yesterday. So that a project for this weekend.

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Post by Rat Man on Oct 27th, 2018 at 2:44pm
You have a great place to raise dogs. They can be free for most of their lives.  Of course there are more dangers for dogs (bears, moose, porcupines, skunks, etc.)  but I think if you asked them they wouldn't have it any other way.

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Post by vetryan15 on Oct 28th, 2018 at 9:12am

Rat Man wrote on Oct 27th, 2018 at 2:44pm:
You have a great place to raise dogs. They can be free for most of their lives.  Of course there are more dangers for dogs (bears, moose, porcupines, skunks, etc.)  but I think if you asked them they wouldn't have it any other way.

Thanks, I agree I think it was the best thing to do for the whole group. We mostly only seen moose here, but the dogs are usually inside when they come through the yard. My neighbors have more problems with porcupines and their dogs, then anything. But they are allowed to roam without supervision on their property.  Mine have to be within  visual at all times. The new dog we adopted. A tree walking coon hound, is gonna need a ton more training. He loves to roam, and I don't like it, but eventually I will be training him to hunt.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Oct 29th, 2018 at 7:37am
what mix is josephine ?

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Post by vetryan15 on Oct 29th, 2018 at 9:32pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Oct 29th, 2018 at 7:37am:
what mix is josephine ?

She is a german shepherd and greyhound mix. As you would call her. A lurcher.  Name is Jolene. From the dolly parton song

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Oct 30th, 2018 at 7:34am
I knew it started with 'J' :whistle:
Great looking dog. Should have good temperament with that mix :thumb:

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Post by vetryan15 on Oct 30th, 2018 at 4:20pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Oct 30th, 2018 at 7:34am:
I knew it started with 'J' :whistle:
Great looking dog. Should have good temperament with that mix :thumb:

Thanks, she actually does have one. The shelter I got her from, didn't have much information or any kind of experience working with her in different situations.  But her temperament is really good.  Brains, not so much. But I still love her

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 8th, 2018 at 5:47pm
Here are a few pics of the delivery of my tiny home built by the local Amish. It's a 12ftx 20ft building.  That we will be staying in for the winter until next spring when I will start building.this got delivered today. I just got to finish the insulation myself and set up my new wood stove.. next update will be about my manual hand pump for the water. Got that finally fixed and it's working
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Post by kicktheotter on Nov 9th, 2018 at 5:33am
That's awesome! :D

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 10th, 2018 at 9:01am
We just got another 2 in of snow this morning.  Here is our new adopted dog, we have had for a month now. Up to 3. A tree walking coon hound.,named Jake.  He is the red and white.
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Post by Mersa on Nov 10th, 2018 at 8:55pm
Living the dream!!

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 10th, 2018 at 9:32pm

Mersa wrote on Nov 10th, 2018 at 8:55pm:
Living the dream!!

Thanks, just love it up here. I am trying g to update this more as I go. When I have time

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Post by Bill Skinner on Nov 11th, 2018 at 3:42pm
Once you get the house built, I take it that will become your shop?

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 12th, 2018 at 9:12am

Bill Skinner wrote on Nov 11th, 2018 at 3:42pm:
Once you get the house built, I take it that will become your shop?

I wish. It's gonna be a guest house. We used it last night. ,my neighbor and his dog came over as well. He bought his propane heater. He is still in a regular tent, but just about finished his own tiny house. So last night we fit 3 adults, 4 dogs. In comfortable it was nice. So when it's one less person and dog, once I have it finished for us this winter, I plan on setting up ther wood stove this week,  and shower as well.

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 14th, 2018 at 2:55pm
Last night got to 11 degrees, today got to a high of 16. We finally got it insulated.  But still waiting for the stove pipe. Before it can be installed for the wood stove. My neighbor let us burrow his propane heater, and with 3dogs. We are so freaking warm. Gonna be high teens for a few days. So we are safe. Also got 2 in of snow the other day

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Post by Bill Skinner on Nov 15th, 2018 at 8:33pm
Where's the bathroom?

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Post by walter on Nov 15th, 2018 at 10:22pm

Bill Skinner wrote on Nov 15th, 2018 at 8:33pm:
Where's the bathroom?


LOL

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 16th, 2018 at 5:42am

walter wrote on Nov 15th, 2018 at 10:22pm:

Bill Skinner wrote on Nov 15th, 2018 at 8:33pm:
Where's the bathroom?


LOL

Funny you should ask. We have one in the camper,  with a mini septic tank. Well it froze yesterday due to extreme low temps, even for this area at this time. So now we are forced to use a bucket, and to dump it straight into the septic. Thankfully my old lady doesnt mind it..

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Nov 16th, 2018 at 6:46am
it's a big shed !

wouldn't you be better off in the camper ?
It's already got insualtion, heating, cooking and bathroom facilities.
What's the thinking behind the smaller one room shack ?

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 16th, 2018 at 2:19pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 16th, 2018 at 6:46am:
it's a big shed !

wouldn't you be better off in the camper ?
It's already got insualtion, heating, cooking and bathroom facilities.
What's the thinking behind the smaller one room shack ?

The camper isn't insulated as well as I made this place. I used rock wool insulation.  The camper  isn't hooked up to any utilities either.  We get water from a manual hand pump, which after this storm I will be showing off

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Post by Mersa on Nov 16th, 2018 at 3:53pm
Don't worry I get it !!!!

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Post by walter on Nov 16th, 2018 at 6:10pm
Love the tiny house! Delivered no less. Have you decided on a cabin plan?

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 16th, 2018 at 7:45pm

walter wrote on Nov 16th, 2018 at 6:10pm:
Love the tiny house! Delivered no less. Have you decided on a cabin plan?

Thanks,  yeh. I drew up some plans about a year ago. But it's on my broken phone, so until I get that fixed, I can't view it, but I remember what I wanted.  A nice 30x30  square 2 story cabin is what i am looking at building

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Post by Rat Man on Nov 25th, 2018 at 11:41am
   Great looking pack.  A tiny house makes perfect sense in northern Maine.  It's very easy to keep warm.  Love your updates. Keep them coming please.

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 25th, 2018 at 4:04pm

Rat Man wrote on Nov 25th, 2018 at 11:41am:
   Great looking pack.  A tiny house makes perfect sense in northern Maine.  It's very easy to keep warm.  Love your updates. Keep them coming please.

It was something to get us through the winter,  slowly making it our own. On Tuesday a few items for my wood stove will be in, so that will be the next install. I already got the chimney on the roof set up.

Here is an short video I did today. 4th snowfall of the season so far.
https://youtu.be/0gNkrue4tI4
This lifestyle is a lot different then living in South jersey. I love it here

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Post by Rat Man on Nov 26th, 2018 at 8:23pm
  We got four inches of rain the day before yesterday and it poured like hell all day today here in South Jersey.  As you know quite well we usually don't get our serious snow here until after the holidays.  I wish all of this rain had been snow.  We'd have six feet or more on the ground. 
   Your dogs are really cool BTW.

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 26th, 2018 at 8:46pm

Rat Man wrote on Nov 26th, 2018 at 8:23pm:
  We got four inches of rain the day before yesterday and it poured like hell all day today here in South Jersey.  As you know quite well we usually don't get our serious snow here until after the holidays.  I wish all of this rain had been snow.  We'd have six feet or more on the ground. 
   Your dogs are really cool BTW.

Thank you. I actually spoke with my mom today , who lives in Deptford. She calls me every day to check in. She said there was a ton of rain today and the other day. Thankfully I don't miss it t herre. Too restrictive.  We have constitutional carry up here. Residents and non residents DON'T need a carry permit for firearms. Totally different lifestyle and I love it. No matter how stressful it is,

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Nov 28th, 2018 at 6:45am
what's wrong with jolene's paw ?

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Post by vetryan15 on Nov 29th, 2018 at 5:15am

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 28th, 2018 at 6:45am:
what's wrong with jolene's paw ?

She actually broke her nail, down to her quick. It was giving her pain, but I had her on meds, and put super glue on it. Now the bootie is on so she doesn't chew on it

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Post by vetryan15 on Dec 17th, 2018 at 7:45am
https://youtu.be/iyRJPJ8bGG8

Yesterday we got the wood stove fully functional,  here is a small video we did, which we found an issue, but fixed it. But we did have a fire all night. Only had to get up once to reload it. Its snowing now. The first thing we cooked this morning what's coffee in the percolator. The wood stove looks really close to the wall but the double-walled stove pipe only needs a clearance of 8 in which it has 16 inches. The cement board we used as a backer along the wall is cement with thin steel as the top layer with one Inch spacers connected to the studs of the wall. That reduces the clearance needed for the wood stove by 66%. The wood stove I have as in the video it says has two removable tops for cooking. I got this wood stove as part of a barter deal. I did 10 hours of manual labor of stacking firewood for the wood stove itself. The brand is a vogelzang boxwood German brand wood stove that is about 20 years old. But it is still unfortunately made in China. We will be doing another update about the wood stove as soon as we learn more about it while working with and cooking on it. But for now I am very happy with it. On a side note I haven't been this warm in a very long time we slowly got acclimated to the weather while we were using propane heater and still in the camper when we had snow earlier in November. This wood stove is bit of an overkill on this for the size of it, compared to the size of my tiny house. But I would rather cook us out open up a few windows and still be pretty warm which currently is what is going on right now.

I apologize for the long sentences, still trying to figure out Google Voice to Text thanks

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Post by Rat Man on Dec 26th, 2018 at 9:44pm
   That stove is more than enough for your tiny house. You'll be toasty during the worst of it.

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Post by vetryan15 on Dec 27th, 2018 at 6:08am

Rat Man wrote on Dec 26th, 2018 at 9:44pm:
   That stove is more than enough for your tiny house. You'll be toasty during the worst of it.

It's been going non stop for almost 2 weeks. It's been great,  we do bake ourselves out but I would rather that then not be warm enough.  Today we will be having a high of only 10. So if we need to cool down, we open the windows for a bit

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Post by vetryan15 on Feb 5th, 2019 at 5:27pm
https://youtu.be/9N1f_PaxOsY here is a link to my newest video. Almost 10 minutes long. It's my review of the manual well pump I have here and use.

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Post by Rat Man on Feb 9th, 2019 at 1:13pm
Nice you have the natural spring as a back up in case your pump breaks.  Plus after you dig it out the dogs can get their own water.

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Post by vetryan15 on Feb 10th, 2019 at 5:24am

Rat Man wrote on Feb 9th, 2019 at 1:13pm:
Nice you have the natural spring as a back up in case your pump breaks.  Plus after you dig it out the dogs can get their own water.

Yeh, I had an idea that it might be, due to a few things I saw in the area and on maps of my land. But I did get confirmation from one of the other owners who was a logger and logged the land. So its s TRUE, I just hot to dig it out.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Feb 11th, 2019 at 6:55am
dig a fish pond :-)

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Post by vetryan15 on Feb 12th, 2019 at 4:21am

Curious Aardvark wrote on Feb 11th, 2019 at 6:55am:
dig a fish pond :-)

That's an idea we have been thinking about. Will take a couple of years before that happens.  It floods the next property over where it runs off. We might have to deal with the EPA before we do that due to federal regulations but from what I have seen,  it really depends on the size of it.

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Post by vetryan15 on Mar 9th, 2019 at 6:24pm
https://youtu.be/lbzEK1OkIes this video is my 1st attempt at tapping a maple tree,  have about 20 taps total for our first time. Its gonna be part of a series to show the who.e process down to boiling, and bottling the syrup

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Post by Rat Man on Mar 10th, 2019 at 12:47pm
   Fascinating.  That's something I've never done.  Birch sap is delicious. I would tap some Birch trees too. I look forward to your posts.

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Post by vetryan15 on Mar 11th, 2019 at 4:26am
I think next year we will attempt to tap birch,  but from what I read the ratio is 100 gal of sap to 1 gal of syrup. Not sure how true it is, but we shall see. I did find out you can tap a few different trees as well. Hickory and walnut which I had no idea.

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Post by vetryan15 on Mar 24th, 2019 at 4:58pm
https://youtu.be/O55XijRsnc0 here is part 2 of tapping a maple tree.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Mar 25th, 2019 at 7:49am
understood that birch sap was used mainly as a drink. never heard of it being made into syrup before.
Mind you that's purely from a ray mears tv program.

Aren't you supposed to tap maples in the spring ? WHen the sap is rising.
I know it's not an all-year-round business.

Winter, probably not the best time of year :-)

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Post by vetryan15 on Mar 25th, 2019 at 12:46pm
We have a birch beer drink in the US, sold as a soda. But the syrup from a birch can be used as a tonic. Its spring now, the day time temps need to get above freezing, and night time has to be below.  This winter we har a lot of snow fall. 150 inches,  or 12 feet of it, so its gonna be around for awhile in my area. Like today I checked my taps, its below freezing,  so the sap is frozen until it warms up in a day or two.the season is usually the end of winter, beginning is spring. Usually about a 2-3 week time frame.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Mar 25th, 2019 at 4:28pm
lol the snow is what threw me - we had about half an inch for about 3 hours, in total this winter :-)


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Post by vetryan15 on Mar 25th, 2019 at 5:58pm
We had that amount before Halloween last year. All the locals  have said this is the worst  winter in a long time, so I think for awhile we will have it easy for winters I hope

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Mar 26th, 2019 at 10:55am
or they'll get consistently worse and you'll get really profficient at making igloos :-)

Kind of the problem with global warming - it doesn't make everywhere hotter (after all, it's about 2 degrees c every 20 years or so), it's main effect is to cause weather patterns to change.

At the moment the uk is heating up, but if polar melt water causes the north atlantic conveyor to shutdown (as geologic records record it does fairly regularly (on a geologic timescale) then the uk's average temperature will drop by at least 10c - which is pretty serious.

It's only simplistic idiots that look solely at the 'warming' and think: 'why arn't I sunbathing in winter in helsinki, if stuff's warming up ?' :-)

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Post by Kick on Mar 26th, 2019 at 12:31pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Mar 26th, 2019 at 10:55am:
It's only simplistic idiots that look solely at the 'warming' and think: 'why arn't I sunbathing in winter in helsinki, if stuff's warming up ?'


It's defintely not sunbathing weather over here but it is true that winters are getting less harsh. There was a big problem a few years ago where it got warm way earlier than usual, the bears came out of hibernation and then it got cold again. Lots of hungry bears wandering around wondering where all the spring delicacies were. Not good for their populations and not good for those living in areas with lots of bears. My girlfriend had a picture come up on Facebook in October (one of those "On this day..." things) and there was 3 foot of snow and minus temperatures back then. Same day 3 years later and not a flake of snow. It's getting harder to predict when there will be snow and for how long it will last.

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Post by vetryan15 on Mar 26th, 2019 at 3:34pm
I agree, I am one of the few that believe global warming is real, and one of the reasons why I wanted a simp,er life was to also help reduce mycarbkn footprint, even if it fowsnt have very much of a difference.  Plus since I am not really a people person, that reason was good enough for me

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Post by Rat Man on Mar 29th, 2019 at 10:59am

Curious Aardvark wrote on Mar 26th, 2019 at 10:55am:
or they'll get consistently worse and you'll get really profficient at making igloos :-)

Kind of the problem with global warming - it doesn't make everywhere hotter (after all, it's about 2 degrees c every 20 years or so), it's main effect is to cause weather patterns to change.

At the moment the uk is heating up, but if polar melt water causes the north atlantic conveyor to shutdown (as geologic records record it does fairly regularly (on a geologic timescale) then the uk's average temperature will drop by at least 10c - which is pretty serious.

It's only simplistic idiots that look solely at the 'warming' and think: 'why arn't I sunbathing in winter in helsinki, if stuff's warming up ?' :-)


I know global warming is fake because Rush Limbaugh says so. 

  Seriously, when I was a child here in New Jersey we had sufficient ice on the lakes for ice skating and snow for sledding through almost the entire Winter. There was even a ski resort, Ski Mountain, in my hometown of Pine Hill.  It was successful for a number of years but eventually had to close down because it stopped snowing enough.  This year the lakes never froze enough for one day of ice skating.  We got some snow but it all melted almost as soon as it fell.  Such Winters are now the norm.  In one human lifetime I've witnessed a climate change that should have taken thousands if not tens of thousands of years.  Almost all Climatologists agree that we have a huge problem yet there is an army of ******** ******** who refuse to believe the overwhelming evidence before their eyes. My Grandmom used to say, "It's good we don't live forever, Gary. There are things I don't want to see."

Edit:  I truly believe that if there are future generations we will be universally hated.  We have the knowledge of the impending disaster and the means to fix it but due to  our general greed and ignorance we're allowing it to happen.

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Post by NooneOfConsequence on Mar 30th, 2019 at 11:42pm
You actually have to believe several things before behavior change based on global warming is justified:
1. Global warming is real.
2. Global warming is caused by man.
3. Global warming will result in catastrophe.
4. We can do something about it.

If any one of those is false, then the whole thing falls apart. Scientists have not shown much evidence or focused on anything beyond the first one, and half the population doesn’t believe even that... including many scientists. 

Personally I’d love to move to a cabin in the woods to be in a cabin in the woods. Global warming is about politics and money and power... not science or logic.

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Post by Mersa on Mar 31st, 2019 at 1:51am
1. Is true , there is pretty solid data backing that up .
2,3 and 4 are well open for debate, and that's where it gets fuzzy, I'm not so concerned about it in my life , I feel that if 2,3 and 4 are true it will be my grandchildren or theirs that see the world changing for the worse. But I think you could add many more problems to the list that have nothing to do with global temperature change .

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Post by Bill Skinner on Mar 31st, 2019 at 1:30pm
The planet has been getting warmer for the last 10,000 years or so.  It also has cycles where the temps drop like a rock.  We are just now beginning to start to form working theories as to why and how much man is affecting the cycle.

Or, if we can do anything about it. 

Rising seas are bad enough, here's something else to worry about.

If the planet's global temps increase a few degrees, that means a lot of temperate areas will turn sub tropical, sub tropical will turn tropical and tropical may get too hot to live in.  Guess which areas grow a large amount of the globe's food?  What will that do to food production?  Will that start migration away from the areas that are now too hot to live comfortably? 
   

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Post by Kick on Mar 31st, 2019 at 1:49pm
Also old diseases and pests in new areas. Ticks never used to live in Finland. Then they lived in the south of Finland. Now they're moving further and further north. African species of ticks have even been brought over to Finland and, though they don't survive the winters here (yet...) they are larger and very aggressive and have already been reported on in the national news. West Nile virus, Dengue fever, malaria etc. all those diseases that rely on insect vectors and can be devastating, are popping up in areas across the world that they've never been seen in before because the mosquitoes can spread further and further north. That also contributes to what Bill said about food production with the spread of pests. Climate change is happening and it's going to do a LOT of damage.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 2nd, 2019 at 10:59am
Yesterday I bought home a few meat and dual purpose chicks, and a couple ducks. I will be adding more in a week or 2, and will be doing a video soon.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Apr 2nd, 2019 at 2:46pm
sounds good :thumb:
what kind of chickens ?

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 2nd, 2019 at 5:17pm
Picked up a few cornish. Then some others I forgot the breeds unfortunately,  and I didn't write em down. But they are about 2 weeks old

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Apr 3rd, 2019 at 3:30pm
how are the dogs with them ?

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 3rd, 2019 at 4:31pm
Not too bad, interested and like to sniff em. Jolene my 'lurcher'  thinks they are her babies, and wants to climb in the totem and lay with them. She will sit next to the totem for hours, stick her head in and watch them. Here she Is sniffing a duck.
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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 3rd, 2019 at 5:31pm
Also we got a surprise nor'easter today. Was expecting 1-3in but got 6 inches dumped on us.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 5th, 2019 at 5:53am
Picked up a few more chicks last night,  so far we have 14 chicks and 3 ducks. The breeds are isa brown, columbian Red cross, cornish,  Rhode island  red, and Jersey giant. Now this group is my test run. Next year they might all be butchered. Reason is there is a specific breed I am interested in that is really expensive but they are built for the extreme cold weather we have up here. Those are called Icelandic chickens.  That breed is what the Vikings had.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 7th, 2019 at 4:29am
Picked up a couple turkeys yesterday,   it one isn't doing so good. Hopefully we will be able to nurse it back to health.  But on a side note tomorrow we are expecting 7 to 11 I of snow. If that's the case after it's done will
Will have had over 160 in of snow drop so far.

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 7th, 2019 at 4:22pm

NooneOfConsequence wrote on Mar 30th, 2019 at 11:42pm:
You actually have to believe several things before behavior change based on global warming is justified:
1. Global warming is real.
2. Global warming is caused by man.
3. Global warming will result in catastrophe.
4. We can do something about it.

If any one of those is false, then the whole thing falls apart. Scientists have not shown much evidence or focused on anything beyond the first one, and half the population doesn’t believe even that... including many scientists. 

Personally I’d love to move to a cabin in the woods to be in a cabin in the woods. Global warming is about politics and money and power... not science or logic.

   
https://www.edf.org/climate/9-ways-we-know-humans-triggered-climate-change

https://skepticalscience.com/empirical-evidence-for-global-warming.htm

https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/science/global-warming-faq.html

   Scientists almost universally agree that man has greatly accelerated global warming and that we have a huge problem.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 8th, 2019 at 4:12am
I picked up a couple turkeys but one didn't make it, and then the this morning a baby chick we lost. Not sure what is going on, the chick was healthy but I think the Turkey was sick

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Post by Bill Skinner on Apr 8th, 2019 at 10:52am
Parasites? 

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 8th, 2019 at 2:14pm

Bill Skinner wrote on Apr 8th, 2019 at 10:52am:
Parasites? 

I dont think so, but I am no expert.  Only because over the course of a week since I had them, and added a few more every couple of days apart. The rest are fine. The turkey we had less then 24hours.  The chick rgatwe lost today we had for a week. But the rest seem healthy but we shall see.

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 9th, 2019 at 3:44pm
What other animals are you going to add? Are you going to get goats?  I would have goats for a couple of reasons.  They give milk and meat like cattle but they need far less space and are less expensive to feed.  Plus they're way cool.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 9th, 2019 at 7:30pm

Rat Man wrote on Apr 9th, 2019 at 3:44pm:
What other animals are you going to add? Are you going to get goats?  I would have goats for a couple of reasons.  They give milk and meat like cattle but they need far less space and are less expensive to feed.  Plus they're way cool.

I want  to add goats, possibly some sheep and an llama as livestock guardian plus to get yarn would be nice. Eventually I want to get into beekeeping.  I might do rabbits for meat and dog food. I know a few people who have gone on cattle but I want a buffalo might need more land for that though.  The meat is healthier then beef.

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 11th, 2019 at 4:11pm
I think Buffalo meat tastes much better than beef also.  It has a lot more flavor and it's leaner.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 12th, 2019 at 4:28am

Rat Man wrote on Apr 11th, 2019 at 4:11pm:
I think Buffalo meat tastes much better than beef also.  It has a lot more flavor and it's leaner.

I haven't had it in so long,  I miss the taste.  I use to get burgers done in NJ at the grocery store all the time.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Apr 12th, 2019 at 5:23am
thing about bison is that they do not live well with others.
Had some friends in canada who ran a herd of bison (see what I'm doing here ;-) basically you do not EVER go into a field with bison. Even barry used to feed them from the back of his pickup truck.

They spook very easily and will trample anything around.
So if you want to go that route, you'll need a large fenced off field just for the bisons :-) 

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 12th, 2019 at 6:22am
I was planning a small herd. About 4would be max, but that is still way out in the future.  But I do remember as a child living in Georgia in the states,  we had a bison farm that was open to the public.  You were able to feed them through the fence,  they never really got spooked. Due to the tourists, and from what I remember.  It was always busy there.

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Post by joe_meadmaker on Apr 12th, 2019 at 10:20am
I'm also a fan of bison meat.  Although it's been a really long time since I had any.  Grass fed beef has always been a favorite of mine too.

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Post by Kick on Apr 14th, 2019 at 1:43pm
I don't want to derail the thread back to the climate change discussion when this is supposed to be for vetryan's cabin adventures, but, seeing as I mentioned it, I've never enjoyed being correct less than this...

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/14/tropical-insect-diseases-europe-at-risk-dengue-fever?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3_fJ6FimfLDU2jEBNSTuzZfhcg2pYgXxcPromtWwcRA1s_YGFt-MgQ40c#Echobox=1555232982

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 14th, 2019 at 5:54pm
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2018/06/10/voracious-spruce-bark-beetles-are-back-in-force-in-southcentral-alaska/

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 14th, 2019 at 5:58pm
Rabbits are delicious.  I hunted when I was young and enjoyed them quite a bit. When I was stationed TDY in Ft. Drum, N.Y. the mess hall served rabbits regularly and they were always available in the local supermarkets. Unfortunately they are very difficult to find in New Jersey.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 14th, 2019 at 6:47pm
We have plenty of snow shoe hares,  but the coyotes are over run up here, and I haven't seen many on my land, except for a few tracks occasionally during the winter.  But once the water in the spring starts flowing all the animals will be coming by for a drink, plus with my chickens that's gonna draw in some predators,  which I have s few firearms ready to go.  Sorry but the sling will have to sit that scenario out. Lol

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 15th, 2019 at 1:42pm
Will you keep the pelts or make use of the predators you kill in some other way?  Not to be gross but Coyotes are edible.  I unknowing ate dog when I was in Korea.  Afterward I had to admit that it was pretty good though I haven't had it since.

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 15th, 2019 at 9:01pm
I am gonna learn how to brain tan, it's been something I wanted to learn for awhile. I never tried dog, but might give it a go. Or be a jerk and feed the kest to my chickens. Lol. My dad was stationed in Korea, he has eaten dog. He liked it, tells me all the time, especially if he hears my dogs acting up. Lol

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Post by walter on Apr 15th, 2019 at 11:19pm
Dogs or pups?

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 16th, 2019 at 3:59am
Dogs, talking about the local predator problem up here. Coyotes and my chickens

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 16th, 2019 at 4:05pm
Found out today,  the local store who I purchased the chicks from. We hit a sich one,  and have to cull the whole flock.  And start from scratch.  We could do antibiotics,  but they can have flair ups and we would be be able to est the meat or eggs when they are sick.

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 16th, 2019 at 7:06pm
That  sucks. Sorry. 

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 26th, 2019 at 11:58am
Finally finished boiling up the sap into syrup today, will be posting videos this weekend. Chicken situation Is still getting taken care of, video on that coming up after my new flock.

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 28th, 2019 at 5:04pm
Did you make enough syrup to sell or is it for your own consumption?

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Post by vetryan15 on Apr 29th, 2019 at 4:54am

Rat Man wrote on Apr 28th, 2019 at 5:04pm:
Did you make enough syrup to sell or is it for your own consumption?

We didn't get very much,. Its gonna be for our consumption.  Which I boiled a little too long and it partly solidified.  Lol. Its almost like a candy.  But I will be giving some to neighbors. Next year I already have a few people that want to buy some. Gonna try to throw a video up today or tomorrow

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by walter on Apr 29th, 2019 at 6:14pm
In the 70's and 80's there was a co op in southern maine that would buy any oops maple syrup. They would mix it all together, reheat and filter it. I think that was what got sold to grocery stores  :D

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Apr 29th, 2019 at 9:17pm

walter wrote on Apr 29th, 2019 at 6:14pm:
In the 70's and 80's there was a co op in southern maine that would buy any oops maple syrup. They would mix it all together, reheat and filter it. I think that was what got sold to grocery stores  :D

Knowing maine now, and being here for almost a year. It wouldn't surprise me. Lol. It might even still be around to this day. It's a great business strategy.  I do have a few videos I am trying to upload to show the whole process,  but we just used up our data for the month,  so now they throttle the speed until next bill cycle.  Ultimately we only got 20 oz. of syrup, next year we should be getting more.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Apr 30th, 2019 at 5:23am
https://youtu.be/C1Bl33WS1Js

https://youtu.be/QQIEwG8tt3k

https://youtu.be/HYiUhK6Hjzc

https://youtu.be/4iZS_-lxVaI

Here are the 4 newest videos I did following the progress of out sugaring adventure, and the end result. I think i will be doi g it again next year with more taps. I have a few people interested in buying some.

These are in order of how I made the, I dont do any editing, but one video had an issue, so it had to get broken into 2 videos.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Apr 30th, 2019 at 10:57am
If anyone is interested.  You guys can add your own photos and, and other discussions about bushcraft I dont mind

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on May 2nd, 2019 at 1:25am

vetryan15 wrote on Apr 29th, 2019 at 4:54am:

Rat Man wrote on Apr 28th, 2019 at 5:04pm:
Did you make enough syrup to sell or is it for your own consumption?

We didn't get very much,. Its gonna be for our consumption.  Which I boiled a little too long and it partly solidified.  Lol. Its almost like a candy.  But I will be giving some to neighbors. Next year I already have a few people that want to buy some. Gonna try to throw a video up today or tomorrow

Maple candy is awesome. Maybe next year you could deliberately solidify some of the syrup.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on May 2nd, 2019 at 4:24am
I really like it. I am hoping to add more taps every year. I already have customers for next year, after a few coworkers found out what I was doing. The stuff we got now,  i boiled it too much, and it's almost has the consistency of apple butter.  Not bad for my 1st time.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on May 2nd, 2019 at 8:47am
So an incident happened last night involving our ducks. We all went to bed. My, my gf, 3 dogs. In the middle of the night, I woke up due to 1 of the dogs taking my blanket. Well the 3 ducks are in a tote, and growing.  Still have a couple more weeks before they can go out in the coop. Well I went to kick a dog to nudge her off the blanket, I felt something really soft and alot smaller then a dog. I sat up, and found 1 duck  nested by my foot, in one of the blankets.  The dogs love them, and wint go after ro hurt em, the love to play together.  But 1 dog was actually laying and cuddling the duck while it was nested. So I had to put em away, since I dont want it popping in the bed. The end. Lol

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Post by joe_meadmaker on May 2nd, 2019 at 9:39pm
Now that was a feel good story.  In your first sentence when you said an "incident" happened, my first reaction was concern.  Glad it turned out happy :)

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Post by vetryan15 on May 3rd, 2019 at 4:16am

joe_meadmaker wrote on May 2nd, 2019 at 9:39pm:
Now that was a feel good story.  In your first sentence when you said an "incident" happened, my first reaction was concern.  Glad it turned out happy :)

It was lucky I didn't kill it, I am usually very grumpy if I get woken up in the middle of the night.  Lol. And seeing that there,in my bed didmy help much. Now a few weeks ago, we had a true incident.  Where I had to destroy my flock due to them getting sick. But it turned out a different style of happy ending, that's still getting resolved right at this moment. 


Plus these ducks, I am not allowed to eat.my gf got attached to them. They are now pets unfortunately. I just hope they are female,  so I can get eggs

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Curious Aardvark on May 3rd, 2019 at 7:18am
I once punched  a duck in its beak.

We'd gone down to the coast for a bit of fishing (I didn't ctahc anything) and I was forced to spend the night in a tent.
So about 3am this duck kept pecking the outside of the tent.
In the end the only way i could get to bugger off and leave me alone was to punch it through the tent :-)

Didn't see a bent beaked duck in the morning so I guess it survived :-)

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on May 3rd, 2019 at 6:47pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on May 3rd, 2019 at 7:18am:
I once punched  a duck in its beak.

We'd gone down to the coast for a bit of fishing (I didn't ctahc anything) and I was forced to spend the night in a tent.
So about 3am this duck kept pecking the outside of the tent.
In the end the only way i could get to bugger off and leave me alone was to punch it through the tent :-)

Didn't see a bent beaked duck in the morning so I guess it survived :-)

That is hilarious.  I am not a fan of geese, due to an experience I had as a child.  I might get some next year. Not sure

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on May 3rd, 2019 at 10:36pm

vetryan15 wrote on May 2nd, 2019 at 8:47am:
So an incident happened last night involving our ducks. We all went to bed. My, my gf, 3 dogs. In the middle of the night, I woke up due to 1 of the dogs taking my blanket. Well the 3 ducks are in a tote, and growing.  Still have a couple more weeks before they can go out in the coop. Well I went to kick a dog to nudge her off the blanket, I felt something really soft and alot smaller then a dog. I sat up, and found 1 duck  nested by my foot, in one of the blankets.  The dogs love them, and wint go after ro hurt em, the love to play together.  But 1 dog was actually laying and cuddling the duck while it was nested. So I had to put em away, since I dont want it popping in the bed. The end. Lol


Great story. That would never happen at my house with my pack of murderers.  Anyway, geese are cool.  They might hiss and act bad but they don't have teeth or claws.  They really have no way to hurt you.  I walk through a flock of mostly wild geese every day to feed them.  They know I have no fear of them so they don't give me any crap. 

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on May 4th, 2019 at 3:41am
These ducks are named after the bullies in The Simpsons. . One of them can be a bit bitey,  I think they are protecting the female,  but we are not sure as they are only a little over a month old. Which I will be doing a video in a few days, after the rest of my flock gets here. The ducks and dogs loved to play together. All 3 are hound or hound mix, so its interesting to see how they each react to the one who bites them. Lol. The geese thing, happened when I was like 4 yo. Wait a picnic,  and eating a sandwich at the table.  Then some goose came up and snatched it out of my hands.  Little bastard lo l

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on May 15th, 2019 at 5:12am
So its snowing up here, and its sticking. Its supposed to be a coating but we shall see

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Curious Aardvark on May 15th, 2019 at 9:21am
it's always 'a coating' - the only thing that changes is the thickness of 'the coating' :whistle:

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Bill Skinner on May 15th, 2019 at 1:00pm
80's down here. 

Horse flies, black gnats, water moccasins, copper heads, rattlesnake and 'gators are all out in force.   :o

Wood ducks have already hatched out the first nesting, we've got a pair with two ducklings on the pond.

Hay already needs cutting, except the ground is too wet, the tractor will get stuck.

Largemouth bass are "off the bed" or have finished spawning and are returning to their normal areas.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on May 15th, 2019 at 4:47pm
   Perfect day here in Jersey.  Dry, sunny, breezy, not hot or cold... about as beautiful as a day in May can be.  A stunningly gorgeous day. It makes up for all of the rainy days we just had.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Kick on May 16th, 2019 at 2:04am
Same for Helsinki. My dad and one of my oldest friends have come over to visit and they couldn't have picked a better time to come over :D

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on May 16th, 2019 at 5:24am

Curious Aardvark wrote on May 15th, 2019 at 9:21am:
it's always 'a coating' - the only thing that changes is the thickness of 'the coating' :whistle:

True, the good thing is it lasted for 1 hour. But it came down like it was a blizzard . Then it rained for most of the day yesterday.  Which we experienced the couple of weeks of mud season a few weeks back.  That wasnt too bad. I was expecting far worse.  Next season is black fly season. Hopefully in a few weeks my chickens will be out in the coop, so they can deal with those.we started our garden, and still using the wood stove.  Today is my day off from work so I will try to get outside and do some clean up.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on May 17th, 2019 at 5:10pm
    Blackfly season. Ugh!

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jun 16th, 2019 at 2:39pm
So we have the chickens outside during the day as I am working on their coop. I got home from work, and was told that my chickens caught, killed and ate a frog that happened to jump into their run I have. I was upset I wasn't home and missed it,

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Jun 17th, 2019 at 9:53pm
Free chicken feed. Can't beat it.  I had chickens when I was a kid.  Now it would be difficult because of the murdering pack of wolves I live with.
    Often the ducks, geese, and all of their offspring end up in my next door neighbors yard.  He has a very large Yellow Lab and a Husky.  His dogs don't bother the waterfowl at all.  I can't believe it.  My crew of murderers lives to tear them apart.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jun 18th, 2019 at 5:07am
I got lucky and was able to train mine, since I got em as chicks. They actually play together now. Which I have to do a  video soon. But one of my dogs she has a huge prey drive, and she is fine with them. She does help me wrangle the chickens up for the night.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jun 25th, 2019 at 8:36am
https://youtu.be/7-KiiuQl5uw

https://youtu.be/k6XH9zjp-A0

A couple new videos showing off my multi species flock

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Jun 25th, 2019 at 12:11pm
Nice flock.  Good mix.  I have an  unrelated question.  No one loves the woods more than me but sooner or later one gets bored. Particularly women.  What do you two do when you want to step out?  Where is the nearest town and what is there to do there?

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jun 26th, 2019 at 6:46am
Hi Ratman,

I'm vetryan15's girlfriend. I asked to answer this. Out here it's very different,  I'm way too busy to really get bored. I pressure cook, garden, take care of the flock and 3 dogs, do laundry by hand, and cook every meal from scratch. The closest town is called Houlton only about a half hour away. They have a theater in town with 5.00 admission, and free popcorn, if I ever could find the time I would go, just too busy keeping the homestead going.

I also do not like the locals so I try to avoid town, they have a bit of a grudge against us "transplants" and it does effect my willingness to get out. I'm pretty happy just staying in and playing a game or reading when we are snowed in. I definitely wouldn't ever return to my previous life of diners and running around all the time. Hope this helps & good talking to you  :)

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Jun 27th, 2019 at 5:21pm
    It's nice that you both share the vision.  I sort of imagined him dragging you off into the middle of nowhere and you being bored out of your mind.  Many of the women I know would go mad living like you do.  I can see that you're a team and equally committed to this. 

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Post by vetryan15 on Jun 29th, 2019 at 9:12pm
Hehehe, not at all, when he met me I was living on a corn farm near mullica hill nj. Even there I felt it was becoming too city for me, they even put industrial parks in cornfields and started buying half the fields to put small developments on.  I needed more land and less people. Plus I really wanted to be further away from Kramer landfill, Salem nuclear plant and the oil refineries.  It's nice to drink water that doesnt taste like chlorine and breath air that doesnt look gray in the distance. The fact that there are 0 poisonous snakes up here had me sold me. Vetryan15 having the same dream was just a wonderfully lucky bonus.

As for not being bored, it's the hobbies you choose to do that makes it worth while, for example. I hate sewing and knitting. Quilting is the worst hobby I've ever heard of, cutting up bits of fabric just to sew it together again, craziness really. If I had to do these I'd probably be ,miserable, but I do love to garden and cook. To me it's fun and not work. I pressure cook 7 quarts of meat at a time and cant wait to harvest and can from my garden. I guess it's all in what you can find to make you happy and making it your own paradise.  Sorry I'm a bit long winded, I'm not used forming

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jul 18th, 2019 at 9:03pm
https://youtu.be/wSeWCCqTLjg here is a video of us leveling our tiny house due to frost heave

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Curious Aardvark on Jul 19th, 2019 at 8:30am

Quote:
hey have a theater in town with 5.00 admission, and free popcorn,

Wow !
That's got to be worth a trip.

And the 'locals don't like us' ALWAYS goes both ways :-)

But it definitely sounds like you're well matched :thumb:

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Post by joe_meadmaker on Jul 19th, 2019 at 10:00am

vetryan15 wrote on Jul 18th, 2019 at 9:03pm:
https://youtu.be/wSeWCCqTLjg here is a video of us leveling our tiny house due to frost heave

I love all the birds walking up to see what's going on.  That had me cracking up  :D

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Jul 19th, 2019 at 5:32pm
  When I read the title I thought you were tearing the house down.  Duh!

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jul 20th, 2019 at 5:26am
@CA,  I have only seen the theater I dont have the attention span to sit  through an actual movie  to attend. The locals I have had to put in their place more then once,  my attitude is starting to make people take notice. My reputation and. Attitude is what I am starting to be know by.

@Joe,  the birds have so much personality, we free range em most of the time, and when we leave  a building. They rush up everytime thinking we have food. Its gonna be hard to slaughter most due to personality unfortunately.  That's why I tried not to bond with them. 

@rat man,  lol my luck if my neighbor didnt help, that might have been what happened.

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Post by Curious Aardvark on Jul 23rd, 2019 at 6:17am
where the chickens are concerned - just eat more eggs :-)

We had chickens some years ago. rescued them, ended up with 7. They are real characters.
At the tme we had a wire haired dachshumd - basically death on legs to anything.
And he and houdini (chicken that was good at escaping) used to be either side of the fence trying to kill each other.
Not sure what would have happened if they'd ever met without the fence. Dacar used to beat up anything bigger than him and regularly ate birds. But he wasn't used to things fighting back :-)

Raising chickens to eat, well unless you've got a LOT - don't do it :-)
You'll get a lot more satisfication from them as egg laying pets.
Get some rhodies, good layers, long lived and just fun !

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jul 23rd, 2019 at 7:03am
Well when we started the flock,  I purchased a few meat chickens so I can butcher em, just because if you have ever eaten fresh farm chicken,  it taste 10x  better then store bought. Plus from the information I got through the neighbors, who raised chickens.  With our winters we get down to -40. A few have had some meat chickens freeze to death. Me being an animal lover, I wouldn't want any of them to suffer. But the mixed flock we have we have a huge variety,  plus we want cold hardy, and my gf just purchased 20 more chicks, which we will get next week delivered.  Once they start laying we will have close to 2 dozen eggs a day. But a few people I know,  are interested in fresh eggs, so a small customer base is nice.  We do have some Rhode island reds. There are a few that we have, I have no idea what they are. Lol.


On a side note, one of our Barred Rock hens, caught, killed and ate a large juvenile field mouse. Which was interesting to watch.


Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jul 25th, 2019 at 5:33pm
https://youtu.be/XHWbaUQtvlU. ; here is one i did talking about the water test we did and got the results a few days ago.  This shows us drinking the well water for the 1st time.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Jul 25th, 2019 at 10:24pm
There's something wrong with the link.  I keep getting an error message.  Congrats on getting good results on your test.  That's a big deal.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jul 26th, 2019 at 5:18am
     https://youtu.be/XHWbaUQtvlU       Sorry about that,  hopefully this one works.  We are super excited, since now i dont have to drive to the spring every 2 to 3 days in town

https://youtu.be/XHWbaUQtvlU

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Jul 26th, 2019 at 4:06pm
So how do you feel today?

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Jul 27th, 2019 at 4:51pm

Rat Man wrote on Jul 26th, 2019 at 4:06pm:
So how do you feel today?

Feeling good, as we are both still alive, with no gastrointestinal problems at all. Which was nice. We wre finishing up our last bottle of spring water todsy, and will be switched over to well water by tomorrow.  But if i have any iddues with the well. I can go back to the spring in town, it flows all year

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Jul 29th, 2019 at 9:03pm
  Your well water is probably better than  what most of us get our of our taps.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Aug 1st, 2019 at 11:17am
Its been almost a week now,  we are doing pretty good. The water taste different form NJ thats for sure.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Aug 1st, 2019 at 8:33pm
When I was a kid our water here had no taste. Now it tastes like chlorine.... like awful Philly water. 

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Aug 1st, 2019 at 8:45pm
I know how it is. At our apartment before we moved up here. We couldnt drink the tap. I wouldn't allow it. We lived less then 5 miles from kramer landfill. Its on the epa top 10 clean up sites. The water was brown. So we drank bottled water from Walmart.  But at my parents house 7 miles away. The water was fine

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Curious Aardvark on Aug 2nd, 2019 at 4:20pm
my sister used to have a well at her last house in ontario. Apart from it running dry when the girls ran the shower too long - and at that point it can silt up - it was fine :-)

She did have to have a tanker to fill her hot tub though.

Get a decent wind turbine and some solar panels and you'll be fully off the grid :thumb:

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Aug 2nd, 2019 at 5:50pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Aug 2nd, 2019 at 4:20pm:
my sister used to have a well at her last house in ontario. Apart from it running dry when the girls ran the shower too long - and at that point it can silt up - it was fine :-)

She did have to have a tanker to fill her hot tub though.

Get a decent wind turbine and some solar panels and you'll be fully off the grid :thumb:


I have heard of thaf happening,  but with mine its giona take alot to dry it up. Our water table for my well is 20 feet, and they drilled down to 220. All in water. 
We are looking at a solar / wind turbine hybrid system but that might wait till next year. Just because we are stsrting to prep for winter, and i need to cut plenty of firewood

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Aug 3rd, 2019 at 1:15pm
   One benefit of wood heat... you won't need to join a gym. 

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Aug 3rd, 2019 at 8:48pm

Rat Man wrote on Aug 3rd, 2019 at 1:15pm:
   One benefit of wood heat... you won't need to join a gym. 

Oh yeh, i have lost a good amount of weight since moving up here.


On a separate note today i got home and my gf with help from my neighbor surprised me with a coal forge with manual blower that was made in 1902. I have to get a few parts and fix the legs thats it.i will be doihg a video of it soon to show off

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Post by Kick on Aug 4th, 2019 at 1:13am
Man, and I was jealous enough already! I would love to have a go at forging but we don't even own a garden let alone have understanding enough neighbours for forging.

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 4th, 2019 at 5:52am

Kick wrote on Aug 4th, 2019 at 1:13am:
Man, and I was jealous enough already! I would love to have a go at forging but we don't even own a garden let alone have understanding enough neighbours for forging.


We have a small garden alot of ghe stuff died due to the weird clay like soil. So not much of a harvest this year. I did forge for 2 years before i moved. But sold my propane forge to my buddy. But this kne was in someone's basement lookung to get rid of it. The guy almost scraped it. But my gf said we would take it. It was a surprise for my bday that was a few weeks ago. But all he wants is a knife made when i have it up and running.  So now i have been busy looking fir a couple of parts

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Post by Rat Man on Aug 5th, 2019 at 2:46pm
   You know we have a lot of bog iron in New Jersey.  At one point Batsto and its bog iron were a major supplier to a very young America, before better grade ore was discovered in Pennsylvania.  Do you have a lot of bog iron in Maine?  That would be handy in that you now have a forge.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Aug 6th, 2019 at 5:04am

Rat Man wrote on Aug 5th, 2019 at 2:46pm:
   You know we have a lot of bog iron in New Jersey.  At one point Batsto and its bog iron were a major supplier to a very young America, before better grade ore was discovered in Pennsylvania.  Do you have a lot of bog iron in Maine?  That would be handy in that you now have a forge.

I actually do not know, i will have to ask around with some of the older lifelong residents. I have never hesrd of anything' like that in NJ, but i didnt care much for NJ to even care much about its history. I do know from my gf, that jer grandmother's house over in Mantua has coal underneath

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Rat Man on Aug 6th, 2019 at 2:13pm
I don't know if it's the same in North Jersey but here in the south bog iron is everywhere.  I could go out and pick up a ton of it right now.  Old Revolutionary War cannon balls made at Batsto can still be found with a metal detector.

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Post by vetryan15 on Aug 7th, 2019 at 5:41am
I had no idea about that.  If i would have known, i usd to spend a ton of time over at red bank battlefield, in national park,. Probably could have found a bunch there. I didnt talk to my neighbor,  but from what i found knline. There isnt much up here. There have been only 2 sources ever found, that have been documented, and thry dont look very close to me

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by Slingky on Aug 8th, 2019 at 7:05pm
@vetryan15,

Hats off to you two for all the hard work. Great thread.

Title: Re: Update on my move/ log cabin build.
Post by vetryan15 on Aug 9th, 2019 at 4:34pm

Slingky wrote on Aug 8th, 2019 at 7:05pm:
@vetryan15,

Hats off to you two for all the hard work. Great thread.

Thanks

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