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General Discussion / Re: Best chickens?
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:48:51 am »
Uh, unfortunately both the ducks and even the chickens will eat the tadpoles and perhaps even the frogs unless you fence them off good. Perhaps geese? lol... or quail?

Journals / Re: Very Frustrated
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:47:47 am »
I just can't do shit by myself. I'm an extrovert.

Journals / Herd pix
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:36:28 am »
For your enjoyment and my bragging.

Journals / Re: Very Frustrated
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:18:16 am »
Ha, I was living in Athens. Never met them I don't think, I wonder why not. Pretty sure they have a warrant out for me in those parts... lol

It's okay, if I go back I just have to have 500 dollars in hand and avoid the police until I get to their base haha.

General Discussion / Re: Best chickens?
« on: August 07, 2013, 04:46:43 am »
The lighter breeds of ducks like Campbells and Runners don't swim very much and are very good walkers. Same goes for Muscovies. They need water to bath in and clear muck off of their bills which can clog their nostrils.

Actually you have to be careful with muscovies because they are not as water proof as real ducks and I lost one to a livestock water trough. They need an exit ramp.

I don't know where to find it right now, I think I found it on the forum. There is an incredible e-book that outlines a great deal of small animals that are farmed or have farming potential, including miniature deer, reptiles, rodents and more. There are miniature pigs, sheep, goats and cows that can be found in this country. I think that guinea pigs are superior to rabbits in that they are easier to raise on a forage only diet and are tastier and higher in fat, however they are smaller.

See my thread "the proverbial revolution is at hand".

General Discussion / Re: Best chickens?
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:47:56 am »
Buckeyes are huge, friendly, great foragers, red feathered and yellow skinned. they rock. i love them. they come in bantam too. i dont mind smaller eggs, smaller chickens are closer to wild, better foragers, better mothers and eat less feed per egg lb. they have larger yolk for the size of the eggs.                                  however i always try to turn folks away from chickens to ducks. ducks law more, larger, better tasting, more nutritious eggs. they are better foragers and they taste better. they are more weather resistant and more disease resistant than chickens.                                      that said, they are quite loud. my favorite birds are muscovies. they lay less eggs, but both them and their eggs taste the best and they are the best mothers and foragers of all domestic birds. they are almost silent too. and extremely friendly. they were not even provoked or frightened when i caught and eviserated one of their own right in front of them. which made me wonder a bit. would they mind if i did them all in one by one?

Pottenger's cats.

Here is another idiotic article that shows that it would take 8 hours of eating raw food a day to feed our brains.

Can't there be a debunking of this notion very easily?

I can eat two pints of raw ice cream in ten minutes. if I eat four pints then that is almost 4000 calories. Game set match no?

Ok ok, so that doesn't include the milking and manufacture of the ice cream.

But you guys were talking bad about ice cream. What's so bad about ice cream? It's delicious. I use 1 tablespoon of honey per pint and three raw duck eggs. Where's the beef? What for?

I don't allow it to freeze all the way because the consistency is best before it freezes solid.

Off Topic / Re: What are your passions?
« on: August 03, 2013, 02:02:11 am »
You know i was thinking. perhaps i just haven't been properly engaged with the right woman, and this theoretical right woman would surpass the benefits of the cow. however two thousand pounds of cheddar is not an easy score to beat.

Off Topic / Re: What are your passions?
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:21:32 am »
Desserts come last after dinner.

Also, I can live pretty well without a woman but it's a lot harder to live well without a cow.

Off Topic / Re: What are your passions?
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:07:37 am »
Fertile nature. Green grass, clean water, happy cows, ripe fruit, beautiful women.

Off Topic / North Korean Propaganda Film
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:52:37 am »

Journals / Re: Very Frustrated
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:51:02 am »
I'm hoping these peeps are going to show up from NM. Otherwise I will likely sell off the whole herd. I need a break, I am burnt out and need to experience some more things and perhaps find the right place for me. I guess I didn't think I would but now I feel like I'm ready to go on walkabout.

Super raw world 3

Start up again better in a better place next spring perhaps? Or these peeps from NM actually show up! Better give them a call and see what they say.

Off Topic / Re: The Energy Cost of Food
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:23:27 am »
I feel that cooking meat reduces what you get out of it and creates toxins and that this is a taboo when considering all the effort I have put into raising an animal and taken it's life, I should be getting the most out of what I have taken. To me it is wasteful and shameful to cook any animal product I have nurtured and grown.

Journals / Re: Very Frustrated
« on: July 24, 2013, 05:24:43 am »
Did you ask on here? Jessica has worked a lot on farms I think, maybe she will team up with you?

She is committed to the PNW, an area that is entirely foreign and very far away to me. I wouldn't be opposed to farming there if I could find a good situation. I am told I would get along with Californians.

Journals / Re: Very Frustrated
« on: July 24, 2013, 03:47:10 am »
I know from my own experience that failure is the seed of success. My personal style is to have one or more mentors, and I would recommend that as your next step. Maybe you already have mentors, but you need to use them in a different way. Consider also that your future partner might be found hanging around a mentor, too. From reading your posts on this forum, I get the impression that you know your stuff, so you would not be a drag on a mentor. You may also think about teaching what you know to others, in which case you attract people who are looking for a mentor.

There is a verse by Samuel Beckett:
“Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter.
Try again. Fail again.
Fail better.”

Well I posted an add but very few responses. I think I am too remote. I didn't want to post an add for Interns because I am not ready for that yet.

The problem with having a good mentor is being in the right place... perhaps selling all of my animals so I can go apprentice for someone else. Not sure if that will truly be helpful. Don't know what to do. argh

Journals / Re: Very Frustrated
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:25:27 am »
Perhaps part of my problem is that I got it in my head that I had to have a business before I ever got good at growing my own food.

General Discussion / Re: Raw Eggs
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:59:15 am »
The way cattle are farmed in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, New Zealand and Brazil are vastly superior to American methods albeit still largely imperfect especially in NZ and Brazil where it often means rainforest destruction.

Journals / Very Frustrated
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:55:57 am »
I have the creeping feeling of failure. I should not feel this way because I am not and I have accomplished a lot. However I keep running into walls I cannot penetrate. The more walls I run into the more I slow down and the more walls I encounter and the more they prove impenetrable.

I am a very talented and intelligent individual but I lack the organizational skills and support to be successful in the heavily flawed situations I have been in.

I don't want to farm by myself anymore. I think if I had the right setup in the right place I could do it, but I don't even want to. I never wanted to do it all by myself.

I have had a great journey and learned tons but I am distressed and sick from stress and cannot think clearly. I am waiting on the butcher to call me back so that I can start eating good beef. I thought I was eating halfway decent but I recently had a virtual health collapse after 7 years of doing really well.

I have an understanding and experience of ecological production and economics of virtually any and all species of livestock, I am ready to be a successful grass farmer and have a very profitable business, but I can't make it go. I am almost out of emotional energy.

Now I'm considering whether to sell all or most of my animals. If I sell all of them I will probably travel for some time.

Leaning at moving back to where I am from in NY as that is probably a much better environment for me than the middle of nowhere in Northern Michigan (which is awesome, just not by my lonesome).

I hope if I move back to NY to be selling at a NYC farmers market and having a NYC grass fed buying club by next spring.

Very few people responded to my adds I posted. I don't understand why.

I'm done learning the hard way, success soon please. 

General Discussion / Re: Raw Eggs
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:38:07 am »
Dairy didn't cause any population explosions.  Grains did. There's no way Earth could support the current population on a raw paleo diet.  Technology may get us to that point, but it's not there yet.

I seem to be unable to get through to you people. This is just not true. There is enough lawn grown in the US to grow enough cows to feed every American nothing but beef.

The technology is here, the resources are here. All it will take is a cultural shift.

See my post "the proverbial revolution is at hand".

Primal Diet / Re: Aajonus update re trial
« on: June 22, 2013, 09:58:24 pm »
How can I e-mail Aajonus? is that the best way?

Hot Topics / Re: Massive health problems. Good bye raw paleo!
« on: June 22, 2013, 09:52:40 pm »
Domestic fruits don't make me feel so good. What kinds of fruit were you eating?

I think perhaps some people are more adapted to fruit eating than others. Could your diet have been composed of too much meat and not enough organs or marrow? Was your meat frozen or fresh?

Raw Weston Price / Re: How much raw milk does everyone drink?
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:29:15 am »
A gallon

General Discussion / Re: Which fruits are ideal to consume?
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:31:38 am »
organic veggies but non-organic fruits. Maybe that is why.

I would say based on my experience almost certainly. Fresh non-organic strait from the farm won't have that same problem and they probably use less chemicals than store fruit, but even that is definitely far less than ideal.

Aren't anti-nutrients a problem of grains, beans, legumes and potatoes. I don't thinc that e.g. a fennel (as long as its taste is pleasant) is harmful?!

I think that the carrot family, which includes fennel, cilantro and parsley are among the least harmful and most beneficial of vegetables.

General Discussion / Re: Which fruits are ideal to consume?
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:49:21 am »
Are you eating organic or non-organic. I was told many years ago to avoid all non-organic fresh fruit as they are sprayed with I think ethyline gas or something to ripen them, which causes them to produce the same toxin found in latex but at much higher levels. Quit eating non-organic tomatoes, bananas, strawberries and others and my acne cleared up! It was also believed to have been a possible cause of a tumor that I had for 9 years.

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