Hello TGN family, my name is Milton. I am a pastor, electrical engineer, husband of my high school sweetheart, and dad of three beautiful girls. My wife of, soon to be 34 years, are from South Carolina and we have 6 acres with a spring feed pond. We are tired of rat race and just want to break as free as possible from Walmart and similar stores because of all the chemicals placed into things. I have been reading and watching many of the provided videos from the things we have purchased in the last week or so from TGN. Marjory, not sure I will ever be able to walk around without shoes especially some of the places I’ve seen you walk!
Little about me, I’ve built houses, poured concrete, wired houses, and plumbing work. I recently retired as a Controls and Automation Engineer after 24 years of doing something that I absolutely loved but it became a "job". In short, I feel I am a jack of all, master of "absolutely nothing" :}.
Today, we need your help, please. We have a ½ acre spring feed pond that is full of bass and crappy (meat supply). I am wanting to start a rabbit colony (not sure where to buy a few female rabbits), nor am I sure how to build the pen such that they are protected from owls. Think it is supposed to be 1200 to 1500 sq ft. but what is best used material for protections from dogs, fox, owls, and other animals. Our yard has been cut using a mower with minimal trees and bushes on it. We have large oak trees around the perimeter and few scatter throughout, but for the most part, the property is open.
I am also trying to locate the Leucaena tree and other items for making our rabbits self-sustainable without having to go to the store to buy food for them weekly like our dogs. We thought of chickens, but our friends are always talking about the money they spend for them versus the eggs/meat received. I would like to build something one time gleaming from your experiences and pitfalls.
a. Rabbits - Enough meat for two and perhaps a few others that would allow me share food and spiritual food as time progresses :}. Planning to build a rabbit trap/box tomorrow out of boards to try and catch a male - we hope. I remember seeing the domesticated rabbits tend to dig.
b. Type of wire or fence to use, how to bury it such that other animals cannot dig under it.
c. Electric fence (yes/no)
d. Plants and places for the rabbits to stay both warm and cool. A place to feel secure and stay out of the elements.
e. Would you suggest building a rabbit and chicken cope together? Can they eat the same food? Guess I should have put a disclaimer in here about our living in the country but not on a farm or having a farming line of thinking. We are a work in progress :}. With that said, all of this, we are learning as we go.
f. I have few hundred gallons of water and emergency water that is already in place thanks to metal roofing and Almighty God. I just purchased a few of the floats that I have seen in the videos. I have the piping to make all this work. Just waiting on placement advice. Then the water part will be complete.
g. I have access to tractors and other equipment to expedite this.
Is to carry this as far as we can, as quickly as we can, with as little as possible. I know nothing is for free and everything is extremely costly. Any positive advice is welcomed.
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