Book 4 finished

Book 4 finished

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Mic Roland


  1. Broody Hen: Success
    08 Jul, 2018
    Broody Hen: Success
    Instinct won! Broody’s eggs hatched on the 4th of July. Only three of the six survived, however. One was stillborn (or whatever the ‘hatched’ term is) on the 4th. The two remaining eggs had started to pip, but they would not survive either. Still, that left three healthy, fluffy chicks. Watching their first several days was an interesting introduction to mother-hen-ness in action. One lesson learned: Do not to put more eggs under a broody hen if she’s been sitting on a clutch for several days
  2. Broody Hen at Two Weeks
    30 Jun, 2018
    Broody Hen at Two Weeks
    ​Today marks the 14th day of Broody sitting on her eggs. So far, she’s sticking with the program — despite the heat. We candled some of the eggs last night, to see if they were developing or not.  Each of the four or five we candled looked like development in progress.  That was the good news. The bad news, is that I broke one of the seven. Tough Test Candling the brown eggs that Barred Rocks lay, is usually iffy. So little light gets through the shell that it is often not all that obvious
  3. Broody Hen: Week 1
    23 Jun, 2018
    Broody Hen: Week 1
    Looks like I finally got a broody hen. Incubators are fine, but to take this meat-and-eggs aspect of sustainable food production off-grid, you need a hen that wants to sit on eggs for three weeks and hatch them. Some breeds never get that instinct feeling. None of mine ever have. So, I was delighted when one of my young hens decided to buck convention and go broody. Thus begins a little adventure in off-grid sustainability. New chickens, the natural way!
  4. If the grid goes down, what would you do for work? 5 lessons from 1810
    07 May, 2018
    If the grid goes down, what would you do for work? 5 lessons from 1810
    After a prolonged grid-down scenario, “work” will look very different from how it does now. The vast majority of the jobs people earn their living at today, are either directly dependent upon the grid, or upon grid-dependent fossil fuels. Those jobs and that grid-supported economy would simply cease to exist. Think about your own job. If the power was out for 6 months or a year or longer, would your job still exist? If your job is gone, what will you do? It’s oft repeated in prepper circles
  5. Survival Kits: Designed to do WHAT, exactly?
    30 Apr, 2018
    Survival Kits: Designed to do WHAT, exactly?
    Survival kits, like all tools, are designed to accomplish some task. With survival kits, that task is largely an anticipated fluke, not daily routine. We build our kits based on what we anticipate needing if we find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances. (No snowshoes in a desert-dweller’s kit, etc.) So, when a friend gave me a set of Air Force Survival Modules, I was intrigued to see what the Air Force thought their aircrew would need and why.
  6. Chicks at One Week
    22 Apr, 2018
    Chicks at One Week
    Okay. I won’t write about chickens every week. But, it is fascinating how much chicks develop in just their first week of life. They progress from helpless fluffy lumps to miniature chickens with much of their adult behavior. By one week old, they’ve grown in their flight feathers and their little tail feathers are growing in. They can’t fly yet, but not for lack of trying. They will run back and forth, flapping their wings. They will be able to fly fairly soon. And, as light-weight birds, they
  7. The Chicks Hatched. Now what?
    14 Apr, 2018
    The Chicks Hatched. Now what?
    Excitement here at the homestead: the eggs hatched in the incubator. A renewable food source a valuable prep. Raising new chicks each year is part of the renewability. Okay, the eggs have hatched into little, wet chicks. Now what? If they had been hatched by a broody hen, mama hen would have tended to all of their needs. If you incubate a clutch of eggs, YOU become their mama. What should you do to ensure healthy, thriving chicks that grow into productive hens? First off, leave them in the
  8. Incubating Chicken Eggs
    09 Apr, 2018
    Incubating Chicken Eggs
    I started this year’s batch of eggs earlier than in years past. This batch just passed the two-week mark. Every year, I incubate a modest batch of eggs to create replacements for the “retirees” in the flock. If you’ve ever thought about keeping a small flock of hens, and thought about incubating eggs, here’s a quick primer on incubating chicken eggs. You can start a flock by skipping eggs altogether and buying chicks from a feed store or hatchery, of course.  That is how we started. If you’re
  9. Survival Gear Test 2.0 -- Another Night in the Woods
    29 Mar, 2018
    Survival Gear Test 2.0 -- Another Night in the Woods
    Since Todd at was kind enough to re-run an old post of mine about my first dry run of my Truck Bag, I thought it might be of some interest to post how my follow up test last August had worked out.  After all, I learned some lessons and had made some adjustments to my Truck Bag, based on my experience with Night In The Woods 1.0.  I was eager to see if things went better…or not...and how. Like Test 1.0, I had a day picked out well in advance, so I would not be able to cherry