Larsen Poultry Ranch - homesteading journey

Larsen Poultry Ranch

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Hello all, I finally decided to create a journal. I currently live in Placer County, CA in a house on .31 acres with my significant other. I am an accountant and he is an electrician. Together we have 2 cats, 7 rabbits, turkeys, chickens, coturnix quail, button quail, and a dog. The cats currently live with us but the other animals have been moved to our folks' places while we work on the house to get it ready to sell.

We want to buy a property with 10 or more acres so we have space for all the animals and hobbies we dream of having. We have been searching for a while but finally found a property that looks great, the only catch is the seller doesn't want any contingencies, so we need to sell before we can offer. If that falls through, there are a few other properties we have looked at, but this is the only one (MAJOR fixer) with all utilities and a house in our price range.

My goal is to eventually be mostly self sufficient. I can raise and butcher poultry and rabbits, and have helped butcher a pig (BF raised them for 4H). I like to garden but previously did not have a
dedicated space for a vegetable garden. If we get our acreage I will be planting an orchard too.
 

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Self sufficiency is the ideal.

We have solar panels from which we 'sell back' excess electricity to the National Grid, log burners, and oil-fired central heating (used sparingly!). We looked into a windmill, but, being in a valley there is apparently too much turbulence. Our water is from a spring and we have a back-up bore hole after the drought we had a couple of years back keeping cool is never a problem on account of cold, wet climate and very thick old house walls.

Though I grow lots of vegetables, fruit is limited to blackcurrants, raspberries, strawberries and apples (all of which freeze nicely). Too cold for any exotics, but a greenhouse allows propagation of otherwise tender stuff to grow across the summer.

Do show pics. of your new buck when he arrives.Always good to watch them grow and fill out.
 

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We received an offer on my house and accepted it! If all goes as planned, escrow should close within 30 days. Starting to panic slightly as we don't know where we are going to live yet. We could move back in with either set of parents, but we have the cats to consider. Fiance's dad is highly allergic so it would make living there difficult. We might be able to find a fifth wheel or motorhome to live in, which we could then use if we are able to get the 20 acre parcel we've been eyeing. We will have to get pre-approved again, we got pre-approved in October when we put the house on the market last year.
 

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Yes, we lost power between 1-4 am Wednesday, but it was restored last night about 4 hours after my BF had installed a generator. It's uncertain if they will turn the power off again. There are still areas that haven't had power since Wednesday.

I am going to try to do some research and planning to use passive methods (and maybe off-grid methods too) to heat/cool/illuminate the new place. The current way of living seems to be totally reliant on electricity and that just seems absurd when you think about how electricity hasn't been around that long. And there are folks, like Amish or off grid, who get by without electricity at all. I think maybe we are starting to cripple ourselves by relying on the convenience of electricity.
 

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You can heat a home but cooling takes a lot of energy. An attic fan pulls air from outside and is cool at night, but is still hot by day. Just get prepared to sweat-a lot. LOL I have lived without AC in old houses before. It is hot, fans just blow hot air around.

Lehmans has lots of things that you might like.

https://www.lehmans.com/

You can buy a refrigerator that runs on propane, I've had one. They are small, but if you need a lot of room you can get two.

Google cordwood homes. You can build a home with thick walls, well insulated, will stay warm or cool.

https://daycreek.com/

There are a lot of things that you can do to make your dreams come true.
 

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Had one walkthrough over the weekend but haven't received any feedback or offer. I'm hoping something will come along soon. It's a pain keeping the house in "super clean" mode.

I've been doing more research and have decided that when we get our acreage and get set up for sheep, one of the breeds I want to try is Finnsheep, if I can find some of the spotted or colorful ones. I want a small herd of sheep, mostly for keeping the acreage mowed, but also for meat and the wool.
 

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I bred my rabbits Oct 4-6, so getting close to kindling time, I'm going to put the nest boxes in soon. It will be second litters for Paprika and Cinnamon, and third litter for Pepper. Pepper has had 7 kits each time before, Cinnamon had 6, and Paprika had 5. I'm hoping they have decent numbers this time, but mostly just hoping they are actually pregnant and keep all the babies alive.
 
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